Yesterday, head coach Scott Gordon spoke briefly of his remaining decisions to trim his roster to the legal NHL limit. That likely means weighing the future of Nino Niederreiter and D Calvin de Haan this week.
Based off of little more than the team's injury situation, I'd think Niederreiter has a great shot at sticking for the full season. If he's sent down either before or after his nine-game trial period, it's likely because the team is focusing on the future rather than the present. de Haan on the other hand faces a little steeper climb due to the team's additions to the defense over the offseason and his need to get good ice time in order to continue his development. That likely means he'd need to crack the top four defensive slots.
And finally, some good news from the ice this morning as the team Twitter feed tweets that Niederreiter is back and practicing after undergoing some examinations following a pair of slashes from Mike Cammalleri. Yesterday, the NHL served Cammalleri with a one-game suspension for the chops.
Scott Burnside pens the Islanders preview for ESPN.com. It’s a pretty frank assessment of the franchise right now, meaning he sees the team’s ownership and relocation worries blocking any silver lining from its growing collection of talent.
Jim Kelley of SI examines the deep hole in which the Islanders find themselves.
Over at NYI Point Blank, Chris Botta writes on the team’s defensive upgrades.
Lighthouse Hockey evaluates the breakout potential of F P.A. Parentau.
Puck Daddy asks the fans if Cammalleri got what he deserved.