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Commence Roster-Gazing: Islanders Recall Rhett Rakhshani, Kevin Poulin

Rhett Rhetturns.
Rhett Rhetturns.

Just when we'd run out of things to discuss before New York Islanders games resume Tuesday night in Raleigh (where the Carolina Hurricanes have reached an extension with pending UFA Tim Gleason) the Islanders announce the recall of Rhett Rakhshani and Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport.

Marty Reasoner, out since Jan. 6 with a broken hand, officially goes on IR now.

Good for Rakshani (9-16-25), who was on a tear for the suddenly January-loving Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He's overcome early season injuries and hopefully this latest audition will see him stay healthy for a while. Casey Cizikas, on a tear himself most of the season, represents the Sound Tigers in tonight's AHL All-Star Game [televised on MSG+].

No clear reason (yet) why Poulin is recalled, unless some accident or setback befell Al Montoya or Evgeni Nabokov during the break. [Note: Go here for our thread on Montoya and Nabokov, which was quickly bumped by this roster-juggling.] Of course both goalies are pending unrestricted free agents themselves, so the musing about them being in potential trade discussions will continue until the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline.

Your post-All-Star break maneuvers and line-sketching have begun. Enjoy.