Apr 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save on New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during a shootout at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/8/2013

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The New York Islanders continue to cross the dates off their calendars leading up to this Thursday’s huge training camp opener at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

As a prelude to the main team coming in to officially ring in the 2013-14 season, the rookies have been taking the ice the past two days trying to earn a precious invite. Those camps will continue today at Nassau Coliseum through Tuesday.

With 31 players in rookie camp and 60 overall expected at the main camp, you can be sure that most of the players on the ice currently will get an invite, pending any training camp invites that is. With that being said, it has to be mentioned that there are not many open spots on the roster that need to be filled so unless a rookie tremendously outplays a veteran, the hill to the NHL mountain this season looks too steep for many.

In our first article linked below, you will find the Eyes On Isles report from yesterday’s session, as well as interviews with Scott Pellerin and the main core of tremendous talent that the organization is currently looking carry the torch in the future.

Let’s take a quick power skate around the league and see what transpired on Saturday:

  • A decision is expected today on the future of Daniel Cleary, currently an unrestricted free agent from Detroit.
  • Vaclav Prospal is still looking for a contract offer from an NHL team.
  • Jonathan Toews is the leader in national jersey sales in the entire league.
  • Jason Spezza is confident that he should be named the next captain of the Ottawa Senators.
  • Brett Hull was officially welcomed into the Blues front office.
  • St. Louis has also invited defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp on a try-out.
  • Marcus Johansson, fresh off signing a new two year contract, will start the season with Niklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.
  • In an effort to get slower, the Flyers have invited Hal Gill to camp.

As always, thanks for reading Eyes On Isles!

-Andy (@tazman19)


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  • Radek has always been a real solid pro and save for injuries continuing to decimate him from time to time, gives maximum effort. I think this is more just about insurance than actually finding a place on the squad.
  •  Pat is already getting into the swing of things with a first goal prediction. Tweet him back and let your opinion be heard!
  • Oh my, that slogan is so awesome I might have to steal it from time to time. With permission of course. Wait, then it’s not really stealing, is it? :)
  •  White Castle is not what you crave…………It’s Islanders hockey! The slogans are coming in fast and furious now, we might have to do a contest on who has the best one! haha 


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  • Rich Diaz

    Tavares’s goal, a come-from-behind notch, will be the theme for this year. Isles are still young, still learning, and still prone to mistakes. But with Tavares at the helm, the Islanders will have something missing these past few years: perseverance with perky, purposeful (and always pernicious toward opposing players) play, propagated by profound professionalism and proficiency. Perhaps playoffs are possible perpetually?

    • joepro2112

      The prediction is quite plausible and probable. Proficiency with penalty killing and power plays should produce pleasing, proof-positive results that will be popular within the proud Islander fan population.

      • Rich Diaz

        Poignant points presented, pal. Perhaps said pronouncements may prove prophetic? Perhaps.

        • joepro2112

          Positively paciferous. Primarily paramount in purpose is the pursuit of perennially proceeding in the playoffs. No need for pessimism as in the past. Perfection and poise in performance is predicated on the prescription of practicing puck possession and plugging pores as matter of practicality punctuated by crisp, accurate passes and prolific combined scoring by many players. Postulating? Prophetic? Perhaps. The prognosis for opponents is painful games vs a prevailing Islander team who are on the path to becoming a premier team.

          • Rich Diaz

            Ponder, if you will, the pedagogical perfection of one Doug Weight, a primer in place to propagate said perfection, peppered with pugnacity and punctiliousness.

            Perhaps prophetic is improper a point to draw here. Perhaps (perhaps) perfection is within reach, provided that professionals understand the perspicacity needed.

            Putting it mildly, that is

          • Rich Diaz

            Might I recommend Georges Perec, good sir?

            His book, VOID

            let’s continue this fencing match throughout the season, yes?

          • joepro2112

            Sounds like a plan, per chance.
            Or maybe a triple dog dare. :)

          • Rich Diaz

            Proceed to @rdnhl if you please, pursue and partake in furthering parrying one another in plausible and polished prose. I will postulate further therein.

            (Refreshing to see wit as ‘sharp as a serpent’s tooth’ to misappropriate one William Shakespeare.)


            And if you consider Georges Perec, you will undoubtedly be rewarded.


          • LIslanders

            Lts Go Islandrs!!!

  • FitzWilly

    In an effort to get slower, the Flyers have invited Hal Gill to camp.