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Islanders prospect watch: Breaking down defensemen

Scott Mayfield of the Islanders skates during the

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Here’s a bit more on some of the defense prospects I wrote about in Tuesday’s paper:

-- Ryan Pulock shed six pounds from his post-draft weigh-in last summer, down to 212, but he looks a lot more chiseled than he did a year ago. Being physically prepared for his first pro season will be just as important as the mental preparation and it seems the Isles' first-rounder from 2013 is prepared.


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Gary Bettman: No update on potential Islanders sale

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with the media

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PHILADELPHIA -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday he did not have an update on the possible sale of the Islanders, saying only that team owner Charles Wang has received interest from “a number” of potential buyers.

“The last public communication on this was Charles Wang’s statement [March 28] saying he is listening to the expressions of interest he’s getting and he hasn’t decided...

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Islanders schedule second date at Barclays Center

A ceremonial puck drop with Islanders owner Charles

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With a successful first date behind them -- and a long-term relationship coming soon -- the Islanders have announced a return engagement at Barclays Center.

Barclays Center will host the Islanders on Sept. 26 with tickets going on sale April 25 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased at the box office starting at noon on April 26. Islanders and Nets season ticket holders have...

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Thomas Vanek trade falls short of expectations

Thomas Vanek reacts after a stop in play

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EDMONTON -- The deadline has passed and it's safe to say just about every observer, from the professional types on TSN and Sportsnet up here to just about every fan on Twitter, feels the Islanders failed. A few thoughts and notes on the last several weeks of profound disappointment in Islander country:

-- The Thomas Vanek trade quite obviously fell short of expectations. Once Vanek rejected...

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Islanders need to start winning Wednesday vs. Rangers to have chance at playoffs

Islanders left wing Matt Martin shoots on goalie

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The Islanders definitely took in all the pomp and circumstance of Wednesday’s Stadium Series game during their Tuesday practice and family skate.

A few guys asking which Yankees had which lockers -- for the record, massage therapist Jim Miccio had the place of honor, assigned Derek Jeter’s stall -- and marveling at the surroundings.

Well, maybe not all of them marveled -- Bostonian and...

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Islanders announce ticket redemption policy for Thursday night's game

Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on

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In light of the snowstorm expected to hit Long Island Thursday night, the Islanders have announced that fans can redeem tickets for Thursday night's tilt against the Blackhawks for another game, even if they attended the game. The game is still scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but starting Saturday fans can redeem their tickets at the Nassau Coliseum box office for any future weekday game at the Coliseum....

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Ryan Strome, Islanders call-up, will sit against Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday

Ryan Strome participates in drills during Islanders minicamp.

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Glendale, Ariz. -- Ryan Strome has arrived with the Islanders, but his NHL debut will have to wait. Jack Capuano said Strome will sit out tonight’s game with the Coyotes, as if the coach weren’t already one of the most unpopular people on Twitter (at least as far as my timeline is concerned). “We wanted to get him in here, get acclimated to our meetings, have some time to sit down with him,” Capuano...

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard placed on waivers, Ryan Strome to get called up

The Islanders' Ryan Strome, the organization's first round

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garth Snow has made his first move to change up the Islanders roster, placing veteran Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers to make room for Ryan Strome, who leads the AHL in scoring. Bouchard, 29, signed a one-year, $2 million contract in July and Snow hoped the former Wild first-round pick could regain some of his scoring form he had before concussions cost him major time in recent...

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Islanders hope to turn it around, avoid last place in Metropolitan Division

John Tavares looks on during a game against

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Pittsburgh -- There are two words the Islanders hoped never to hear again in describing their team, words that are now looming close -- as close as the result from Philadelphia on Thursday night. Last place. If the Flyers beat the Sabres on Thursday, they will leapfrog the Isles and Blue Jackets, leaving the Isles tied at 19 points with Columbus but with fewer regulation/overtime wins. That means...

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Still no timetable for Visnovsky, Strait

Lubomir Visnovsky skates during a game against the

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The most maddening part for Jack Capuano and Garth Snow regarding the two injured defensemen, Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait, is that both players’ injuries are so nebulous. Visnovsky still has not reported back symptom-free to the team, now 29 days after suffering a concussion. Even when Visnovsky, who was sent to a specialist in Minnesota two weeks ago for an exam, does finally get to a symptom-free...

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