Islanders Training Camp Bits: Picking up the post-Streit pieces

The season, she's getting closer.

The Leafs (who have a strangely busy schedule) are playing their sixth preseason game in seven nights tonight before the Islanders have even played one. But the Islanders will catch up right quick by the end of the week, thanks to split-squad games that so many teams do yet so few coaches like.

The Islanders posted lines from today's camp which are the likely squads for Wednesdays games. I've reposted them after the jump, along with some commentary and other news and links from the day. Otherwise, continued Streit injury/D adjustment discussion is probably best continued in that "No Streit Replacement" thread.


Camp Lines

If you missed it, Jed Ortmeyer is the latest veteran arriving at camp on a PTO, while Manny Legace arrives tomorrow (when Joel Martin goes back to AHL camp) because Poulin and Lawson are nursing injuries. And for the last freaking time: These veterans are necessary to fill the minimum "eight vets per preseason game" rule. The Isles are a young team and don't have the vets to go around, particularly with Frans Nielsen, Doug Weight and Kyle Okposo all questionable.

Also for the last time (I understand if you didn't know this, but professional NHL media ought to know the CBA): Streit's injury does not drop the Isles below the salary floor. That salary is still paid. Long-Term Injury Reserve (LTIR) is designed for cap-max teams to have some wiggle room in case of disaster, not to force low-payroll teams to shill out more money in case of disaster. It's in the CBA.

And with that, here are the lines post by the Isles. Standard "don't read into it" caveats apply, but things I notice include:

  • sticking with Comeau-Tavares-Parenteau (Okposo's hurt, yielding room there)
  • Schremp centering Bailey and Nino while Ullstrom gets the "Nielsen role" next to Hunter and Matt Martin.
  • Eaton and Wiz paired together. The new featured top pair, or just part of the eval process?

Options range on both sides, but this alignment definitely has an "A Team, B Team" feel to it:

Group One

57 Comeau – 91 Tavares – 15 Parenteau
12 Bailey – 44 Schremp – 25 Niederreiter
17 Martin – 45 Ullstrom – 7 Hunter
14 Gillies – 28 Konopka – 49 Rakhshani

4 Eaton – 20 Wisniewski
47 MacDonald – 24 Martinek
3 de Haan – 27 Jurcina
36 Hamonic

39 DiPietro
1 Koskinen

Group Two

26 Moulson – 11 Hilbert – 29 Kolanos
81 DiBenedetto – 40 Hisey – 16 Sim
59 Haley – 54 Romano –33 Yablonski
58 Joensuu – 50 Marcinko

38 Hillen – 8 Gervais
56 Kohn – 42 Reese
71 Katic – 48 Klementyev
6 Erikkson

30 Roloson
53 Martin

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