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Islanders Bits: Nino the Mario Brother

Come on, lady, pick a color.
Come on, lady, pick a color.

The talk of yesterday was of Nino Niederreiter's looming return [Post | Newsday | Our LHH thread] -- a move that would seem to be imminent with the waiving of Trevor Gillies.

That doesn't necessarily mean Nino goes Thursday against the Atlantapeg Threts, but all signs point to very soon. With John Tavares getting a rest day (along with Andrew MacDonald, in the last big gap between games for a while), Nino skated with Matt Moulson and P.A. Parenteau -- which is funny considering the Isles keep auditioning Nino to bump Parenteau off that line.

Gillies wasn't the only enforcer put on waivers Monday. D.J. King requested as much from the Caps.

Note: Staple's write-up says Gillies was initially put on waivers before the first game of the season, but I don't think that's right, or if it is it was not recorded that way. Maybe that's where he was headed before a timely groin injury put him on IR though.

The Jets, by the way, blew a late tie, then tied it back up and took the shootout bonus point from the Panthers last night. The Jets were outshot 42-31 through 65 minutes.

We did this last month, so let's do it again: What record to you expect from the Isles in November? And what would qualify as a success?


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This Paragraph Is Longer than the Story It Links To: "The Post has been told Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow has been coy concerning the possibility of claiming the winger on waivers." About what hypothetical topic is Snow not coy? Weird leap from that to the fetching headline "Isles May Block Avery Return." For the record: Columbus, New Jersey, "may" also block the return.

Well, that's plenty for one morning then.