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New York Islanders Reaction to First Round of Training Camp Cuts

SYOSSET, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Coach Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders talks to players during rookie training camp at Ice Works on September 13, 2010 in Syosset, New York. (Photo by Lou Capozzola/Getty Images)
SYOSSET, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Coach Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders talks to players during rookie training camp at Ice Works on September 13, 2010 in Syosset, New York. (Photo by Lou Capozzola/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 18: New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg #4 in action against the San Jose Sharks during their game at the Barclays Center on October 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Dennis Seidenberg/Luca Sbisa

Its unclear as to why both as still at the New York Islanders training camp. Perhaps its part of the terms and conditions of the PTO that they got from the Islanders. Neither seems up for the part at the moment.

Dennis Seidenberg looks very much his age out on the ice while Sbisa doesn’t seem to be contributing anything for the team. The best the two seem to be able to contribute is maybe a few words of wisdom.

They’re both NHL veterans with a combined 1,354 NHL games. They’ve seen enough to know what it takes to be a professional hockey player.

But the Islanders have enough veteran defensemen on the team that they don’t need to bring in yet another in either Dennis Seidenberg or Luca Sbisa. Unless, of course, either could positively contribute to the team’s overall goals.

Both are NHL veterans but both seem a step behind where they need to be, and where the New York Islanders need them to be to earn that seventh defenseman spot.

Neither of them are seemingly giving the Islanders something they need going into 2018-19.

With Devon Toews, the New York Islanders have a defender with more upside than either of Dennis Seidenberg or Luca Sbisa. Toews has the pace to keep up in a league that’s only getting faster. He’s also got that offensive eye to contribute.

Perhaps if either Sbisa or Seidenberg were “tough to play against” it would be a different question. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Next. Parker Wotherspoon

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