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.
- NEW: nhl.com on Calvin de Haan's chances of making the club
- Mark Streit talks to Katie Strang about the shock of the injury [$5 please]
- At the official site, the obligatory "nothing is f*d here, man" story (obligatory Lebowski response: "Nothing is f*d? The goddamn plane has crashed into the mountain!"), with quotes from Scott Gordon on re-evaluating the D to fill the void, how this opens "daylight" for another roster contender. Almost a cruel number of quotes from Matt Moulson, but if you've missed that side, both Streit, Moulson (and Gordon, actually) all said it was a fluke and hardly dangerous hit. (And if you saw it, you likely agreed.)
- Speaking of which, Botta runs with that topic at AOL.
- Down at Bridgeport, Michael Fornabaio has the lowdown on Day 1 of camp, where they're shorthanded thanks to the bodies in NHL camp. Note: Picking up where he left off last season, Fornabaio will do an online chat at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday). Those are worth the attendance.
- Courtesy of Anarcurt (FanShot here), a new nhl.com preview that incorporates the Streit injury.
- Yeah, no Isles radio arrangement announced yet [Post]
- Another team dealing with the "If he's not ready for the NHL, does junior really help him?" predicament is Toronto, where (shock!) Nazim Kadri hasn't been the automatic many made him out to be over the summer.
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:
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
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