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Posting (11/30/09 - 5:15 p.m.) -
Islanders' goalie, Rick DiPietro is expected to join the team's AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, this week and will play in their game on Saturday at Arena at Harbor Yard against the Springfield Falcons.

DiPietro has skated in full practice with the team the past week and has not had any set-backs.

In other Islander goalie news, Anders Nilsson was selected to represent Team Sweden at the upcoming 2010 World Junior Championships.  Nilsson was selected in the third round, 62nd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal this past summer.  (11/30/09 - 8:50 p.m.) -  Islanders' General Manager Garth Snow has been contacted by the the Russian Hockey Federation seeking approval for Anton Klementyev to skate for Team Russia at the 2010 World Junior Championships. If he is approved, Klementyev will join the team in Saskatoon, SK for the tournament.

Posting (11/30/09 - 1:35 p.m.)
- The Islanders have announced that center Frans Nielsen is day-to-day with an upper body injury.  He suffered the injury in the team's game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon.

Posting (11/30/09 - 11 a.m.)
- The Islanders have recalled defenseman Andrew MacDonald from the Sound Tigers this morning and he will skate at the team's practice today at Iceworks. 

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Islander defenseman Andy Sutton is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a groin strain. The 6'6, 245 pound rear-guard was evaluated by the team doctors this weekend.  The injury to Sutton occured in the Islanders' 3-2 win on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Center Frans Nielsen left Saturday afternoon's game against the New Jersey Devils early due to an upper body injury and is expected to be evaluated by the team doctors Monday.

Posting (11/27/09 - 5:35)
- The Islanders are expected to recall defenseman Andrew MacDonald from Bridgeport tomorrow in place of Andy Sutton who left this afternoon's game early due to a groin injury.  Sutton is expected to be re-assessed tomorrow. 

Posting (11/27/09 – 1 p.m.) –
If you’ve been around hockey for any period of time, you know that what happens on the ice stays on the ice and when the final buzzer sounds and the players see each other after the game, all of the competitive words, big body checks and punches thrown, are forgotten.  It takes a special breed of warriors to lace up the skates and then go fight bare knuckle with someone else on the ice. 

On Wednesday, Islanders’ defenseman Brendan Witt and Philadelphia Flyers winger, Ian Laperriere were in a fight during the first five minutes of the game.  What you didn’t see was as the two teams were preparing for their pregame skates the two NHL veterans, each with over ten years of experience, traded friendly jabs at each other from the home dressing room, down the hall to the visitor dressing room. 

“I’ve known Lappy (Laperriere) for a while now,” Witt said.  “All I heard off that face-off was him coming at me yelling ‘we gonna get this game going here Witter?’ so obviously we dropped the gloves.” 

Witt and Laperriere have never played together during their pro careers, but the two did play together on Canadian junior teams.  He described Laperriere as an honest player and someone that you’d like to have on your team because he works hard every night and will stand up for his teammates. 

When we got to the box after the fight, he look over at me and yelled two old-timers showing the kids how to drop the gloves,” Witt said.  “I turned to him and responded, 'not, old-timers, warriors.” 

Posting (11/25/09 – 12:45 p.m.) –
It is evident that hockey is life in Canada.  When the Islanders arrived at their hotel at 2 a.m. in Toronto earlier this week, if you flipped on the TV you would have found TSN, Rogers and the NHL Network all broadcasting various hockey highlights and one network was actually replaying an AHL game between the Toronto Marlies and the Grand Rapids Griffins. 

Not only does pro hockey dominate Canada, but junior hockey is just as popular in some areas of the country, including Oshawa, ON, which is about a 45 minute drive east of Toronto and was where Islanders General Manager Garth Snow was found on Sunday. Snow, who traveled with the team on back-end of their seven-game road swing going from Minnesota to St. Louis and finishing in Toronto, joined several scouts and traveled up to Oshawa to watch Calvin de Haan, the team's second pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  de Haan and the Oshawa Generals were beaten by the London Knights by the score of 4-1.

Islanders Authorized caught up with Snow to talk about the progression de Haan has shown since he was presented with the Islanders’ sweater at the Draft. 

Islanders Authorized: Talk about your overall impression of Calvin de Haan in his team’s game against the London Knights.

Garth Snow:  He played well.  Calvin showed a lot of poise and made a lot of great outlet passes.  He jumped into the offense at the correct times and was able to get back into the play in his own zone.  Calvin played well over thirty minutes, which had to lead all players on both teams in ice-time. 

IA: What have you seen him improve on since Training Camp?

GS: Calvin played with confidence in Training Camp but the key was that he carried it over to his junior season.  He is another positive sign for our organization when it deals with our prospect pool and the future.

IA: Did you expect Calvin to play in an NHL exhibition game prior to camp?

GS: We had an open mind.  We knew he’d come in and play at least a couple of games and he carried himself well beyond his years.  Calvin played with poise and showed a lot of hockey sense.

IA: As of now, what is your future plans for Calvin.

GS: Calvin’s job is to continue excelling at the junior level with the Oshawa Generals.  The confidence he gained from playing in the NHL exhibition schedule has clearly transferred over to this season so we’re excited to see his progress and then evaluate where he can fit in best with the organization next season.

IA: What about his game excites you for the future?

GS: He moves the puck well and understands when to jump into the offensive rush.  As witnessed in camp, and from what I saw on Sunday, he is extremely poised when he has the puck.  His ability to make smart decisions with or without the puck bodes well for our organization in the future.

de Haan Tidbits:
  de Haan is the Generals' assistant captain ... He wore number 3 in Training Camp with the Islanders but wears number 24 for Oshawa ... Through 19 games this season, de Haan has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points ... Leads the team in plus/minus with a +4 rating.

Posting (11/24/09 – 1 p.m.) – The Islanders had an optional practice today with Tim Jackman, Josh Bailey, Blake Comeau, Jeff Tambellini, Jon Sim, Rob Schremp and Islanders’ goalie Rick DiPietro.  The six Islanders were put through drills by assistant coach Scott Allen, mostly shooting drills that got DiPietro a good feel for the puck, as goalie coach Mike Dunham stayed by his side. 

- Blake Comeau is wearing his glasses at practice today after his contacts had been giving him problems the past few days.  He took white tape and attached it to the backs of the glasses so that he could see. 

- Rick DiPietro was in his first media scrum in a while with Steven Marcus (Newsday) and Chris Botta (Islanders Point Blank).  The two reporters asked about how the skate went, how his knee was feeling and his humble apology to all Islander fans that he wants to bring a Stanley Cup to.  Check IslandersTV to see the full interview. 

Posting (11/23/09 - 5 p.m.) -
New York Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow has confirmed that goaltender Rick DiPietro is expected to skate in full team practice this week. 

DiPietro has been following the team's protocol set by the medical staff, following his surgery last season.  The protocol DiPietro has been on has increasingly progressed after each off and on-ice session he has partaken in.

Posting (11/22/09 - 5 p.m.) - Several New York Islanders took a tour through the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday.  Historic "artifacts" such as Gordie Howe's skates, the goal that Wayne Gretzky scored his record breaking 802nd career goal and an exact replica of the Montreal Canadiens' dressing room can be found in the Hall.  If you look closely, you'll find Islander defenseman, Jack Hillen's Bridgeport Sound Tiger jersey displayed.  The Hall has an exhibit that takes you through each NHL team and their American Hockey League affiliate's sweater.  Hillen's home white Sound Tiger jersey sits below the former Islander orange third jersey.  In a plaque next to number 38's jersey, it explains that Hillen wore the sweater with the Sound Tigers last season and in the Calder Cup Playoffs that were played at the Nassau Coliseum. 

- Last night, Islander veteran Jon Sim was in charge of organizing a group of players to attend an NHLPA charity event at the Hall.  Hillen attended and we spoke to the Islander defenseman about seeing his jersey displayed.

You could see how much of a humbling experience it was for Hillen when we asked him what it was like to see his jersey displayed in the Hall. 

- The attention on Islander center, John Tavares has been immense the past two days but he has been able to avoid a good portion of it since he was able to return home to Oakville, ON when the team landed in Toronto on Sunday morning (1:30 a.m.).  Tavares got a home cooked meal from his mother and slept in his own bed.  He returned to the city this morning to join the team in the pregame skate at 11:30 a.m.  Immediately following, he was back at the hotel with his teammates eating the pregame meal and preparing his mind for the big night ahead of him.

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