SYOSSET, N.Y. --
The Islanders hit the ice for the first time this season when the first of two groups jumped on at 10 a.m. Former Isles captain Doug Weight
, who retired during the summer, traded in his sweater and pads for a baseball cap and whistle, serving as an assistant coach as the drills began.
Coach Jack Capuano
, running a camp as the boss for the first time after having the "interim" tag removed shortly after last season ended, wasted little time pushing his troops for more effort in skating drills.
With lots of veteran free agents still looking for jobs, the Islanders offered a camp invite to 38-year-old defenseman Steve Staios
, who played with Calgary last season and has 936 games on his NHL resume. The Isles say he's scheduled to arrive at camp on Sunday.