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Sound Tigers Fast To Reload

The Sound Tigers have moved rapidly to reload their roster in anticipation of the much too long delayed start of the NHL’s 2012-2013 season. Jack Combs and Chad Costello have shredded their try-out offer sheets and replaced them with AHL deals locking them in place for the season.

Sound Tigers - Better Than Ever

With the NHL in a lockout that important part of the AHL experience was gone and it was missed. Hockey wasn’t the same. But the NHL is back and hockey is once again whole. Some five or six Sound Tigers will be called-up in the next few days to begin the abbreviated 2012 -2013 season, others will be called as needed over the next few months.

My friends are now asking me “How are the Sound Tigers going to be after they lose all those players to the Islanders?” My honest response is “They are a better team now than the club that started the season.”

One-on-One With Brock Nelson

There might not be any NHL hockey to watch this season, but the Islanders have some young and talented skaters that are developing nicely with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.; Brock Nelson is one of them.

Nelson was selected by the Islanders 30th overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and spent two years playing with the University of North Dakota. In his sophomore season, Nelson scored 47 points in 42 games, earning him a brief stint with the Sound Tigers at the end of the 2012 season.

He did not put up any points in the four games he dressed in for the Sound Tigers. This year, however, has been an entirely different story.

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Isles 'Hammer' Down - Not Out

You would think that the transition from the NHL to the AHL would be an easy one for a player, especially one with previous AHL experience. This has not been the case for Islanders D-man Travis Hamonic who has often appeared frustrated with the game.

Hamonic’s numbers from his brief 19 games with the Sound Tigers in 2010 (2 goals and 5 assists) nearly match his 19 game total this year (3 goals and 6 assists) but his 135 games played in the NHL in the interim gave him a taste of the game he is more comfortable playing. ‘Hammer’ needs more speed and pace to the game and you can sense his frustration nightly.

Isles Move Into 2nd Place in Eastern Conference; Lose Okposo For Three Weeks

In this weeks NHL 2013 the standings are released and the Islanders sit in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference.

Isles Lose Streit; Promote Ness

Islanders Captain Mark Streit Goes Down With Second Major Injury Of The Season

Simulation: Nabokov Continues Winning Ways On West Coast

The Islanders head to the West coast in this weeks simulation of the Islanders season

Simulation: Boyes Continues Great Season; Captain Streit Returns

Brad Boyes continues to light the lamp in this week's Islanders Simulation Season

Sound Tigers - Can They Repeat?

Before the first puck was dropped this year there were a few questions about the Bridgeport Sound Tigers chances of repeating as division champions. The biggest question being, who is going to do the scoring?

Of the top thirteen scoring forwards from last season only David Ullstrom and Casey Cizikas returned. Free agents Brandon DeFazio and Colin McDonald, acquired from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penquins, and Matt Watkins from the Portland Pirates will provide a solid veteran presence that can be counted on to put up some big numbers, but what about the kids?