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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Isles finalize roster

By Mike Hume

Nino Niederreiter will break camp with the Islanders, while fellow prospect Calvin de Haan will return this his junior team in Oshawa after the Islanders made their final moves of the preseason today.

Those outcomes played out pretty much as expected, as the Islanders have now reduced their roster to the legal limit of 23. Niederreiter, the team's top prospect, could still be returned to his junior team in Portland, Ore. after as many as nine NHL games. de Haan likely needed to crack the team's top two defensive pairings to stick with the big club.

Matt Martin was also assigned to Bridgeport in the AHL.

The Islanders open the season Saturday at home against the Dallas Stars.

Here's a look at how the final 23 breaks down:

Forwards: Josh Bailey, Blake Comeau, Trevor Gillies, Michael Grabner, Trent Hunter, Zenon Konopka, Matt Moulson, Nino Niederreiter, Frans Nielsen, PA Parenteau, Jon Sim
John Tavares, Doug Weight

Defensemen: Mark Eaton, Bruno Gervais, Jack Hillen, Milan Jurcina, Andrew MacDonald, Radek Martinek, Mike Mottau, James Wisniewski

Goalies: Rick DiPietro, Dwayne Roloson

Nathan Lawson, Rob Schremp, Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit will begin the season on injured reserve.

The announcement triggered some interesting cap tweets from TSN's Daniel Tolensky, who wrote that the Isles' top 12 forwards total just $11.675 million in salary this season. That led to some interesting follow-up discussion on his time line in which he states his dissatisfaction with the state of the franchise. Definitely worth checking out.