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Islanders announce 23-man roster that is Pulock-ready and Boulton free

Okay, ramblers. Let's get rambling.

I think they made the cut.
I think they made the cut.
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders have nailed down the 23 guys they want to start their first season at Barclays Center with (with one extra guy who's on injured reserve) and the list includes a promising rookie, a goalie who wasn't even on the team yesterday and an empty space where a chest hair-plucking enforcer used to be.

The team announced the roster this afternoon, just past the 5 pm league deadline. The final line-up is:

Jean-Francois Berube
Thomas Greiss
Jaroslav Halak
Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan
Nick Leddy
Travis Hamonic
Ryan Pulock
Brian Strait
Marek Zidlicky
Josh Bailey
Steve Bernier
Casey Cizikas
Cal Clutterbuck
Mikhail Grabovski
Nikolay Kulemin
Anders Lee
Matt Martin
Brock Nelson
Frans Nielsen
Kyle Okposo
Ryan Strome
John Tavares
Thomas Hickey

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Ryan Pulock officially makes the NHL roster out of camp a year later than some had expected. He impressed coaches last summer, but was injured as camp broke. Whether the 21-year-old defenseman is on the opening night roster in place of the injured Thomas Hickey remains up in the air.

Also ready for prime time is goalie Jean-Francois Berube, who was claimed off waivers today from Los Angeles as insurance against a possible injury to Jaroslav Halak. Berube's probably still in the air right now and has no idea he's even on this list so that'll be a pleasant surprise when he lands at LaGuardia.

Meanwhile, on the outside looking in, is 39-year-old facepuncher and locker room loosener Eric Boulton, who Arthur Staple believes will sign some kind of hall pass to practice with the team but not count against the roster. I'm not sure how legal that is, but if it keeps the guys happy and the roster open for more scoring, I'm all in favor.

So, there you go. Months of hashing and hemming and hawing and arguing and fake trades and hatred and wishing and projections are finally realized. I'm glad the guy you love made it and sorry the guy you want shot into the sun is still here.