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IceCaps getting it done

While the Winnipeg Jets are certainly not tearing up the NHL, their farm team is having a serious go in the AHL.  

The newly-established St. John's IceCaps (11-2-3) have taken the AHL by storm in their inaugural season, currently sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference. Actually, they are first place in the entire league.

While veteran Jason King acknowledges they are a "veteran team," the story has been more about the team's depth than anything. Captain Jason Jaffray, who has helped pace the team offensively this season with 12 points in 15 games, was called up to the Jets on Saturd...

El Nino Is On The Way

After a long wait to start the season as a New York Islanders, El Nino will finally be striking the Island.

The Islanders sent out an official press-release today that Nino Niederreiter will be joining the big club. Last night he scored his third goal in as many games played after scoring on a penalty shot. 

There is a good chance he will be dressing for his first game of the year tomorrow night against the team's biggest rivals, the New York Rangers.

Per the press-release:

 

UNIONDALE, NY (November 14, 2011) – The New York Islanders announced today that fo...

Comeau Gonna Go?

There's no secret as to who has possibly been the most disappointing Islander to date. Blake Comeau, who is looking to improve on a personal best 46-point season in 2011, is off to a terrible start with zero points in 11 games played along with a -5 rating.

Comeau has progressed nicely each year that he has been part of the New York Islanders organization. He had a three game stint with the big club back in 2007 before being sent back to the AHL, where he scored 43 points in 61 games with the Sound Tigers. But after that, Comeau would basically solidify himself as a member of the Islanders from then on out.

He put up 15 points in 2008, 25 points in 2009 and then 35 in...

Nino Niederreiter And Trevor Gillies Assigned to AHL

It was announced today by the New York Islanders that fourth line enforcer Trevor Gillies cleared waivers and has been sent to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the team's AHL affiliate. Nino Niederreiter has been assigned to the Sound Tigers on a conditioning stint after missing the first nine games with a groin injury.

This likely means that EL Nino is close to making his 2011 debut with the Isles and is going to get some catching up time after sitting since the pre-season.

Per the Islanders official press-release:

"The New York Islanders announced today that forwards Trevor Gillies and Nino Niederreiter have been assigned to the Bridgepo...

And The Islanders Will Finish In....

The New York Islanders are in the middle of training camp; plenty of fresh faces are looking to surprise the coaching staff and crack the line-up while a few other seasoned and whithered faces look to continue their NHL career with an impressive tryout.

But what everyone is hoping for is a successful season that will result in the Islanders FINALLY making the playoffs after the slow and steady rebuild began three seasons ago.

Let's take a look at some of the major events that have transpired in Islanders country during the off-season thus far:

1. General Manager Garth Snow re-signed Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner to five-year contract extensions at an affordable pri...

Predators Possible Breakout Stars

Every year, it seems as if someone different steps up for the Nashville Predators, in order to help push them into the postseason. Two years ago, it was Patric Hornqvist’s impressive 30-goal campaign in his first full NHL season that helped carry the team. It happened again just this past season when Sergei Kostitsyn came to the team from the Montreal Canadiens and went on to lead the Preds in scoring. Who could top the list of breakout players in 2011-12?

Niclas Bergfors

Drafted 23rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2005, Niclas Bergfors has yet to reach his true potential. He’s a player that has shown offensive skill and the willingness to shoot the puck, two th...

Jay Pandolfo Gets Tryout With Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that former New Jersey Devils forward Jay Pandolfo will be attending the Isles training camp on a tryout basis. Pandolfo's tryout is likely in the hopes of him earning a roster spot with either the Islanders or another NHL organization.

The 36-year old left wing has spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the New Jersey Devils and has won two Stanley Cups after being drafted in the second round at 32nd overall of the 1993 Entry Draft. Last year he played 12 games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. 

If Pandolfo were to crack the Islanders line-up, he would have to earn it as the Islanders already appear to be set at forward...

Know Thy Neighbors

[Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh (#Pgh) Penguins, by www.UprootedPhotographer.com]

I hail from the rolling hills and Three Rivers of Western Pennsylvania. My athletic allegiances are easy to spot given that black and gold(*) are the only two colors I need to represent three pro franchises and their 14 world championships, spanning from 1909 and baseball’s Pirates winning the World Series(**), to the NFL’s Steelers and NHL’s Penguins both hoisting their respective trophies in 2009. I cheer for Pittsburgh.

(*) – Yes, I’m well aware that the Penguins’ current “Vegas gold” is no longer an easy match to the good ol...

Hurricanes Turn Eye to Signing for Depth and Future

After their first week of free agency focused on replacing scoring from the wing and swapping one accomplished defenseman for another, the Carolina Hurricanes  turned in-house with signings of some younger players (all 24 or under) who have started making an impact in the NHL.

Five players inked deals starting July 8, with center Brandon Sutter and blue-liner Derek Joslin on the NHL roster while forward Brett Sutter and defensemen Brett Bellemore and Bobby Sanguinetti all signed two-way deals and will likely start the season with the AHL-affiliate Charlotte Checkers. The signings, even those only for one year, continue a pattern of instilling solid depth and development ...