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Michael Grabner looks forward to 2014 Winter Olympics

Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against the

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Michael Grabner has something special to look forward to next February. Austria, Grabner’s native country, qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia, with a 3-2 overtime loss to Germany on Sunday — Austria needed only one point to win the qualifying group. Grabner, who played for his hometown Villach during the lockout, will certainly be on the Olympic roster if the...

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Free hockey for Islanders fans

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano directs his

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The Islanders' practices on Tuesday (11 a.m.) and Thursday (10 a.m.) at Nassau Coliseum are open to the public, as is Wednesday’s 7 p.m. scrimmage with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Tickets and parking are free for all three events.

Discounted food -- $1 hot dogs and sodas -- and Islanders team store items will be available during the scrimmage....

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Lubomir Visnovsky staying in Slovakia for rest of year

Lubomir Visnovsky, left, looks for an open teammate

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Lubomir Visnovsky, the veteran defenseman the Islanders acquired for a second-round pick on draft day in June, will stay in his home country of Slovakia for the remainder of this season, his agent told Newsday.

Visnovsky, 36, is in the final year of his NHL contract, but there is no iron-clad agreement prohibiting him from staying in the Russia-based KHL, so he has decided to finish out the...

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Recap: Islanders live chat

Islanders center John Tavares

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The Islanders are moving to Brooklyn.

React to Wednesday's big news in our live chat with Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple at 1 p.m.

How do you think the move will affect the team? The fanbase? Nassau county?

Get your questions answered and comments heard here....

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Islanders assign players to Bridgeport, junior teams

Travis Hamonic talks to reporters as Islanders clean

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The Islanders assigned 19 players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Islanders also assigned two players to their junior teams.

The players assigned to Bridgeport include Marc Cantin, Casey Cizikas, Jason Clark, Calvin de Haan, Brandon Defazio, Matt Donovan, Mike Halmo, Travis Hamonic, Kirill Kabanov, Jon Landry, Brock Nelson, Aaron Ness, Nino...

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Boyes brings shootout success

In 2011-2012, almost 15 percent of all NHL games were decided by the shootout, accounting for 181 extra points in the league standings. The Islanders, who went 7-4 in shootouts last season, bolstered their already-strong shootout effort by signing Brad Boyes to a 1-year contract.   In his prime, Boyes was a formidable offensive threat, scoring 43 goals and 65 points with St. Louis in 2007-2008,...

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Ramping up urgency, holding off panic

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Bettman still believes in a new Coliseum

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. (Nov. 22, 2011)

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OTTAWA--NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he would “find it hard to believe” a deal will not be worked out to replace or refurbish Nassau Coliseum, thus keeping the Islanders on Long Island, before the lease expires in 2015.

"They still have three-and-a-half years to go,” Bettman said in an informal session following a news conference here during All-Star Weekend. “I find it hard to...

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Nabokov ready to return from groin injury

Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders

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Evgeni Nabokov has been steady in goal this season -- when he hasn’t been hampered by groin problems. He’s ready to return from his second bout with the same injury. "It feels good, I had full practice," he said Monday at Ice Works.

Groin injuries in hockey are common place, especially for goalies. "I don't think it’s a natural movement for the human body to have skates on and...

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Jay Pandolfo goes on IR

Paul Martin #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins plays

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The Islanders put forward Jay Pandolfo on injured reserve before Monday morning's practice at Nassau Coliseum. The 36-year-old, who was relied on in his role as a penalty killer, broke his foot in a game against the Devils two weeks ago. He will be out until January.

Defenseman Andrew MacDonald was also placed on injured reserve. MacDonald leads the team with 60 blocked shots.

The Islanders...

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