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P.M. Bits: Islanders Roster Narrows as Niederreiter, Gillies Join IR Brigade

"Marty Reasoner is soft."
"Marty Reasoner is soft."

The news of the day from the resumption of Islanders camp was Nino Niederreiter (groin) and Trevor Gillies (groin) being placed on Injured Reserve. Gillies' injury is news; Niederreiter had nursed the groin issue since leaving Friday's preseason game early, so this is a prudent move.

Both in effect narrow the Islanders roster further in terms of who is still around opening night: Going on IR now means missing the first week of the season [edit: Scratch that. Just saw these IR placements are "retroactive" to Sept. 30, so presumably the clock started then. That doesn't mean they have to be taken off in 7 days though, obviously -- just that they can.]. If you revisit our depth chart from Sunday's cuts, that means there is room for incumbent Matt Martin, newcomer Trevor Frischmon, and even unsigned tryout Jay Pandolfo (if you also cut the eigth defenseman).

That's also assuming junior kids Ryan Strome (who doesn't have a contract) and Kirill Kabanov (who does) are also left behind, and that Brian Rolston's (a fellow sufferer of groinus achus) recovery is for real:

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Matt Moulson John Tavares P.A. Parenteau
Michael Grabner Frans Nielsen Kyle Okposo
Blake Comeau Marty Reasoner Trevor Frischmon
Brian Rolston Josh Bailey Matt Martin
(Jay Pandolfo) Ryan Strome Kirill Kabanov

Injured Reserve: Jeremy Colliton, Rhett Rakhshani, Nino Niederreiter, Trevor Gillies. (Also: D-man Mark Katic) As for Gillies, I don't remember when he got hurt, but every day he receives pay at the NHL rate is thanks for job well done in my book.

As we discussed in that previous rosterizing thread, the placement of Frischmon, Rolston, Martin -- and Bailey and Comeau for that matter -- does not really fit neatly in the above LW-C-RW grid format. Someone is going to have to play out of their most familiar position, or the Islanders are going to need to get a vat of that Instant Right Wing Comfort ointment I keep seeing ads about in my spam folder.

Decision-time, by the way, is Wednesday.


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