The New York Islanders continue to filter back to Long Island after a summer away and they’ve begun to skate informally at Islanders Iceworks. The sessions cannot feature any direction from Islanders coaches, so all drills and skates are player-run.
With informal skates come informal skate updates! Stay tuned to NewYorkIslanders.com and all Islanders social media outlets for further updates as we get closer to training camp on Sept. 17.
Johnny Boychuk, Eric Boulton, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin de Haan, Michael Grabner, Mikhail Grabovski, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Nikolay Kulemin, Anders Lee, Matt Martin, Kirill Petrov and Brian Strait all participated in Wednesday’s skate.
Kyle Burroughs, John Schiavo and Stephon Williams also skated at Iceworks.
Bernier Signs a PTO:
Steve Bernier has signed a Professional Tryout (PTO) with the Islanders. Bernier has 224 points (104 goals, 120 assists) in 609 career games with San Jose, Buffalo, Vancouver, Florida and New Jersey. Bernier is coming off a 32-point season (16 goals, 16 assists) with the Devils.
de Haan’s Shoulder Feeling Good:
Calvin de Haan said his shoulder feels fine, offering an update after spraining the AC joint in his left shoulder in Game 5 against the Washington Capitals. After the series de Haan said it wasn’t a serious injury and described the recovery timetable as week-to-week, though he didn’t track the timeline after the season. De Haan missed most of the 2012-13 AHL season with a dislocated shoulder.
“It was a freak injury, nothing serious. Some I’s, Y’s and T’s (shoulder exercises) with some dumbells and some rest was the right medicine. It feels fine, no problems. It was a quick recovery.”
Greiss Settles In, Happy to be Islander:
Thomas Greiss, signed as a free agent to back up goaltender Jaroslav Halak, arrived on Long Island over the Labor Day weekend and was on the ice Tuesday and Wednesday at Islanders Iceworks. Greiss, a Fussen, Germany native, shed some light on why he signed a two-year deal with the Islanders.
“It’s a good team. A contender,” he said. “They will be able to make the playoffs. It’s a good, young group and a good group of guys.”
He also said he had been in talks with the Islanders in the past.
“We had talked a bunch of years ago. The Isles were always an option for me and I always liked the idea of playing here.”
Petrov Ready, Just Wants a Chance:
Kirill Petrov, the Islanders’ third-round pick in 2008, skated at Iceworks Wednesday. Petrov has spent parts of the past nine seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, playing 318 games with Kazan Ak-Bars and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. Petrov signed an entry-level deal with the Islanders over the summer and could make his NHL debut this season.
Through a translator, Petrov said he is physically and mentally ready and just wants a chance to make the team. He added the biggest challenge will be adjusting to an entirely new environment.
Miroslav Satan Named Team Europe GM
Former Islander Miroslav Satan was named General Manager of Team Europe for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Team Europe will feature skaters from all European countries outside of Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, including Slovakia, Satan’s home country. In three seasons with the Islanders, Satan scored 78 goals and 88 assists, including a 35-goal campaign in 2005-06. The Topolcany native is also Slovakia’s all-time scoring leader in IIHF World Championship competition with 75 points (37G, 38A).