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Brodeur admits being traded from Devils possibility

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 11:48 PM / News

NHL.com

Martin Brodeur said Tuesday that being traded by the New Jersey Devils is "definitely something that is possible" and he would not be insulted if the team asked him to accept a deal.

"It's within the team's rights to try and make themselves better," the goaltender said in an interview with NJ.com. "The fact is, I have the luxury to decide what I want to do. I hope if [general manager Lou Lamoriello] is able to help the team, he'll ask, regardless of what it is. It's definitely something that is possible."

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Islanders put Hamonic on IR; Nabokov likely to start

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- One day after the New York Islanders welcomed back defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, they learned they will remain without another defensive regular, Travis Hamonic.

Hamonic was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to Jan. 12, with a concussion, the same ailment that sidelined Visnovsky for more than three months.

"He's starting to progress a little bit and is still not feeling well," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Tuesday after his team practiced at Yankee Stadium in preparation for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the New York Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2). "It's a little bit of a process for him and we'll just take it as it goes. For me, just talking to our doctors and our trainers, you can't really control what you can't control. It's a situation with him that we have to make sure he's 100 percent before we decide to move forward with him."

Matt Donovan, sent down Monday to make room for Visnovsky, was recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League and could replace Matt Carkner opposite Visnovsky on Wednesday night. Capuano said following practice that he has yet to finalize who will play against the Rangers.

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Outdoor ice a return to childhood for Islanders

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- As a child, New York Islanders captain John Tavares spent the majority of his free time skating on the backyard rink of Sam Gagner, a neighborhood friend who has gone on to play for the Edmonton Oilers. Those memories came flooding back Tuesday.

Tavares' trip down memory lane was triggered when he and his teammates found themselves at Yankee Stadium, preparing for their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series showdown with the New York Rangers on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

"We used to spend six, seven hours out there," Tavares said of his childhood days of skating with Gagner. "I remember not being able to feel my fingers or toes for a few hours. That was a lot of fun.

"Ramsey Lake, up in Sudbury, Ontario, where my family's from, being a little kid my dad used to bring me out there. Minor hockey too, before I played with Sam, we used to play once a week outside on just a local outdoor rink. It wasn't so much practice, we would just go out there and play shinny and have fun and just enjoy playing the game. We played a lot outside, and I'm looking forward to create some more memories [Wednesday]."

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Stadium experience for Okposo, Kreider began in '10

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Before the 2014 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic drew more than 105,000 spectators to Michigan Stadium and the University of Michigan hosted Michigan State University in a hockey game in front of an all-time record crowd of 113,411, there was Gelsenkirchen.

That German town hosted the first game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Hockey Championship. The game pitted the host nation against the United States at Veltins Arena, a sprawling soccer stadium that drew 77,803 fans. At the time, that attendance figure established a world record for a hockey game, topped seven months later at Michigan Stadium. The Americans lost that game 2-1, but two of the youngest players on the team will meet again, against a historic backdrop, when the New York Islanders host the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2) as part of the 2014 NHL Coors Light Stadium Series.

"It was a different experience. At the time, it was the most [spectators] ever at a hockey game. That was a pretty cool experience," Islanders forward Kyle Okposo said Tuesday after his team finished practice at Yankee Stadium. "You watched the soccer games on TV over there and you heard the hum of the crowd, the little buzz. That's how it was in the stadium. It was pretty neat."

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Bailey: Stadium a cool atmosphere for practice

Josh Bailey - Special to NHL.com

New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey has been looking forward to the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Isles and the New York Rangers (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2) at Yankee Stadium. In the second edition of the player blog he is doing for NHL.com this week, Bailey talks about his experience Tuesday practicing with his teammates at baseball's most famous ballpark.

We had the opportunity to skate at Yankee Stadium today, and it felt like junior hockey a little bit again with practice being later in the afternoon. But it was a good experience. Just to come down and see Yankee Stadium, you just try to soak it all in.

It was a good practice. We had some fun with the families out there afterwards. I was able to be out there with my girlfriend and my brother. It was a really enjoyable day.

I know everyone thinks about memories of playing outside, but I think that gets played up a little more than it actually is. To me, it felt like another practice. At the same time, it was obviously cool. It was a different atmosphere. The rink felt really small just because the area is so big. But it was a good experience.

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Defenseman Brian Rafalski ends comeback bid

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 5:54 PM / News

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Defenseman Brian Rafalski has ended his attempted comeback with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

"I'm done," Rafalski told the Ft. Myers (Fla.) News-Press on Tuesday. "My back is no good. That was one of the hurdles."

Rafalski joined the Everblades on Jan. 10 and played three games.

"There's no reason to keep going," the 40-year-old told the newspaper. "This is not something you can push or play through or goes away."

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Rangers expect different environment vs. Islanders

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers aren't banking on experience being a big advantage in their second game at Yankee Stadium.

"It's going to be completely different," forward Chris Kreider said. "I think it's going to be an independent entity. You can take stuff from the game you just played in but that can change just like that. It's about how you adjust."

Kreider said the key for the Rangers heading into their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the New York Islanders on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) is to expect the unexpected.

It's hard to argue with that approach considering how much actually will be different for the Rangers in the Bronx.

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