NY Islanders News

Top Shelf: 9/15/13

By Chris Triantafilis

Well, how about that? Hockey’s back!

On Saturday night, hockey fans [finally] got a taste of some NHL-action – three preseason games featuring the Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames (split-squad) and Edmonton Oilers (split-squad). The Capitals-Jets affair was aired on the NHL Network, a nice treat for us craving some puck.

For Long Island hockey fans, we have to wait just a little bit longer. Tuesday marks the first preseason game for the New York Islanders. In three more days, the Isles head across the northern-border to take on the Calgary Flames at the Brandt Center in Regina, Saskatchewan.

September 17th’s matchup will be the first chance for Isles fans to watch their hockey team since the team’s playoff ouster in May. It should also provide a first-glimpse at Cal Clutterbuck and Pierre-Marc Bouchard in the team’s blue and orange colors.

Around the league, the Ottawa Senators named Jason Spezza team captain. Spezza, 30, will be the eighth player to wear the “C” in a game for the Senators, with four of them from the first two seasons of the franchise.

The Senators also agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Jared Cowen, the 9th-overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The 22-year-old missed most of the 2012-13 season because of a hip injury he sustained playing for Binghamton of the American Hockey League during the lockout. Cowen had five goals, 17 points and logged nearly 19 minutes per game playing all 82 as a rookie in 2011-12.

Lastly, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is eyeing the season’s opener, despite a surgically repaired shoulder that was expected to keep him out of action through the first month of the season.

-CT (@christriants)

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  • It wouldn’t surprise me one bit, Mike. Several teams still have to create room for themselves by the start of this season, and Snow has a history of improving his team right before the start of the season. 
  • I am, too! I don’t think we have seen enough of Poulin to fairly assess him. To be fair, he played very well in all of his appearances from his start against Winnipeg on April 2nd to his two relief appearances in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. 
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