So Colin McDonald was placed (and now cleared) waivers yesterday after just two games in the line up. McDonald will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. McDonald was another recent victim of a deeper team roster this season as well as the teams poor performance over the last two games. Anders Lee has been called up to add a spark to the teams scoring touch and hopefully add a positive influence to the teams struggling 5 on 5 play.
Travis Hamonic remains touch and go after looking as if he was in pain during practice the other day. Losing Hamonic is a tough loss for the Isles blue line, but Lubo Visnovsky is expected to make his return tonight after being taken off the IR list. That, coupled with de Haan's return and apparent avoidance of a much speculated disciplinary event (suspect hit on Clarkson) will play well for the Islanders. Thomas Hickey seems fine after taking a skate to the face in Tuesday's loss to Toronto. It can certainly be counted as another positive outcome for the team, not to mention a lucky break for Hickey, who could have just as easily been seriously hurt on the play.
It has been obvious that Mikhail Grabovski's recent absence from the line up (and addition to IR retro to 10/16) has clearly made a difference in team chemistry. You can plainly see it over the last two games.
What all this will mean in Boston tonight remains to be seen, but it does show that Snow isn't willing to sit back and wait for things play out after his team had 2 weak outings in subsequent loses following their exciting 4 game winning streak to start the season. Boychuk and Johnson (most likely starter in net) will probably be motivated to get by their first game back in Boston.
Charles in Charge:
Yesterday, the Islanders held a press conference, officially introducing their new future ownership. Ownership partners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky join Charles Wang as owners of the New York Islanders. Wang will run things in a majority capacity for the next two years, and then hand over the majority interest to Malkin & Ledecky, who are "thrilled to be here," and feel, "it's a great honor to participate in the tradition of the Islanders."
Charles Wang called the Islanders, "His Baby," in yesterdays press conference. He also said that because he has such a strong attachment to his team, it took a while to find an ownership group who would be as committed to the fan base and the best interest of the team as he tried to be. I am sure the $485M deal for turning over the teams majority ownership helped his decision as well. Wang was quoted as saying that the trials & tribulations of the Lighthouse Project push was "hell" and says he's still "angry" he didn't get a new arena here in Nassau.
Malkin was quoted in the Daily News about he and Ledecky's partnership with Charles Wang, “It was Charles’ vision. It was Charles’ team. What I’ve noticed in a few short weeks as an owner is how much we still need to learn,” Malkin said. “The move to Barclays (Center), the new arena, the expanded fan base; that’s fundamental to the opportunity for the team. It took a lot of vision for Barclays Center to exist and we’re watching and learning what the current ownership has in mind. At this point we’re observing and reading the same press stories that you are.” Jon Ledecky said, "Charles remains in charge of the team." He adds, "We're gonna be on a listening tour for two years; listening to the fans, making sure they have a smooth transition to Brooklyn." Malkin said, "that's a good question for a few years from now. Right now it's Charles' team," when asked how involved they'll be as owners of the Islanders.
When asked if Ledecky had a message for Isles fans, he said, "Fifth ring." So I guess you can say its a "5th ring to rule them all and in the Barclays, bind them."
Sorry, I'm a geek. I know it. I'll stop now.
Per Arthur Staple, "Lee-Nelson-Strome, Kulemin-Nielsen-Bailey. Other lines same at AM skate. D pairs in flux with Hamonic not on ice."
"Capuano: Hamonic (upper body) out tonight, didn't make trip up. Day to day. Johnson in goal. Viz with hickey."
Johnny Boychuk admits signing in-season extension with Islanders is 'not out of the question.' Boychuk said, “Our team is going to be unbelievable for quite some time - probably the next five years is going to be an awesome time for this team. It’s not out of the question.”
Sound Tigers Notes:
The Sound Tigers have assigned Mark Nemec to Colorado of the ECHL