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Islanders Finalize Opening Night Roster

September has passed, which means training camp is over. October has just begun, which means hockey season is back. Today, the Islanders announced their final roster, narrowing it down to a total of 23.

Islanders prospect Kirill Kabanov was sent back to the QMJHL today after his very strong solid preseason, impressing many members of the Islanders organization.

Another rookie who battled for a final roster spot was Islanders first round pick Ryan Strome. Only thing was, he won the battle. Many people believe he will only see nine games in the NHL this season, the same as Nino Niederreiter last season. Niederreiter, raring to get started in his first full season in the NHL, has...

Strome and Pandolfo Earn Contracts With Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that former New Jersey Devils forward Jay Pandolfo, who had been playing with the Islanders during the pre-season on a tryout, and Ryan Strome, the team's 5th overall pick in 2011, were both signed to contracts with the team before today's 5 PM deadline.

Pandolfo's contract is for one year, likely serving as a member of the team's fourth line unit and a veteran penalty killer. Whether or not he will be in the line up on opening night is unknown as Reasoner will be at center with Matt Martin, Brian Rolston and Trevor Gillies competing with Pandolfo for the names to be on the roster.

However, Gillies is currently on the IR w...

My 2011-12 NHL Regular Season Top 8 Picks

Let’s peek into my crystal ball and see if I’ll be right or wrong on my Top 8 picks.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1 – Pittsburgh
2 – Buffalo
3 – Washington
4 – Montreal
5 – Toronto
6 – Winnipeg
7 – Boston
8 – Philadelphia

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1 – Detroit
2 – Calgary
3 – Los Angeles
4 – Chicago
5 – Nashville
6 – San Jose
7 – Anaheim
8 – Vancouver

I will make a mid-season update based on how all teams involved are doing.

Thank You Notes

Two days left until the real games start, where has the time gone?  I know a lot of you thought I was gone forever, but I’m not the Atlanta Thrashers or playoff hockey in Toronto. To be honest though, I’m just more of a regular season guy, like Alex Ovechkin. 

Now with that said, there’s just a few thank you notes I’d like to hand out before we get started.

The first person I want to thank is Stephen Marche, who wrote an article last week suggesting that Toronto is the worst sports city in the WORLD. One of the main criteria was that fans in Toronto show up in masses to support mediocre teams. The fact is that Toronto fans are ignoring strateg...

Link Checks : 10/4/11

Just about every day during the upcoming 2011-2012 hockey season I'm going to be posting a collection of links to Flyers related news from The Checking Line as well as other sources. It'd be great if this feature had a better name than "Flyers Links" so if you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments!ted links from TCL and beyond!

Fans go crazy despite loss

 

They came, they saw, they supported. Yet they couldn't get past Nashville as GOALIE lost to the Predators in what seemed to be a very thrilling game at MTS Center in downtown Winnipeg on September 30. The Jets can now take a breather and wait for October 9, 2011, for their first regular season game since 1996 in Winnipeg. Ondred Pavelic gave up the shootout goal in front of another massive, loud, energetic crowd - giving Cal O'Reilly the win for the Preds. This was the final chance. The final opportunity for the Winnipeg Jets to shine in pre-season action. And the crowd? They couldn't mind what they saw. Which is why it is so interesting to see an...

Isles Files: Inching Closer To The Season

Last time I checked in the Islanders had announced Mark Streit as the teams’ 13th captain in NHL history while another arena proposal had been put forth and published in Newsday. It’s safe to say that plenty has changed since then.

As far as arena news, the task force formed by the Association for a Better Long Island decided not to submit their plans for renovating the Coliseum. Too many disagreements from within the group forced the task force to dismantle. However, individual members will be submitting their ideas to County Executive, Ed Mangano this week.

Mangano has also recently stated that he plans on asking for state funds to help provide financial support ...

Game 7 : Preseason Bolts @ Habs

Tonight will be the 7th game for the Habs this pre-season, finishing the week off with back to back games against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  As we near closer to the first game of regular season you can expect to see, from both teams, some more realistic rosters.  

Chris Campoli will make his debut in Montreal tonight, pairing with Gorges on the blueline.  You can also expect to see Peter Budaj between the pipes. Starting lineups should look a little like this: Cammalleri-Plekanec-ColePacioretty-Gomez-GallagherAK-Desharnais-Gionta

Bournival-Engqvist-Blunden

Gill-DiazGorges-Campoli

Yemelin-Subban

 I think it's safe to say that it hasn't been the most in...

Brendan Shanahan: The New Sheriff In Town

Seven days, seven suspensions, adding up to a grand total of 23 pre-season and 24 regular season games; just another week at the office for Brendan Shanahan.

Nearly two years removed from the end of very successful playing career in the National Hockey League, which saw him score over 600 goals and 1300 points, whilst capturing three Stanley Cups in the process, Shanahan has undoubtedly hit the ground running in his latest endeavours as the NHL’s new Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Head Disciplinarian. The undisputed water-cooler topic of the pre-season has been the punishment Shanahan has doled out to offending players; swift, de...

How will Lombardi's return affect the Leafs?

With Matthew Lombardi's long recovery from post-concussion syndrome nearing completion, Tyler Bozak or Nazem Kadri could be the odd-man out in Toronto.

Lombardi, who was centering the fourth-line at practice this morning, is aiming to make his Leafs debut for the Oct.6 season opener against the Montreal Canadiens. While his role with the team will be limited initially---he will start on the fourth-line, according to head coach Ron Wilson---he'd eventually work his way to the third-line in a slow transition to ensure he could handle increased ice-time, if all goes according to plan.

While the addition of Lombardi would add depth to the Leafs' line-up, the question a...