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Islanders call-ups won't include Rick DiPietro, Nino Niederreiter

Rick DiPietro of the Islanders looks on from

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport missed the playoffs and its season ended Sunday.

Once the Isles' regular season ends -- provided they reach the postseason -- several of the team's prospects will join the big club to skate with the team's extras and be on hand in case of injury.

Two fairly prominent players will not be among the call-ups: Rick DiPietro and...

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Watch the Rick DiPietro interview from News 12

Rick DiPietro tells News 12's Kevin Maher exactly

News 12 sports reporter Kevin Maher interviewed Rick DiPietro on Thursday at practice with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

In the video, embedded above, DiPietro talks about the emotions he felt being waived by the Islanders and demoted to their minor-league affiliate, plus what it has been like for him the past few seasons.

The transcript of his quotes are below, but you should also watch...

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Nabokov ready to return from groin injury

Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

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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Snow won't trade any of his goalies

Al Montoya #35 of the New York Islanders

(Credit: Photo by Jim McIsaac)

With at least one of the three goalies on the roster often sidelined by injury, Garth Snow said he isn’t looking to trade any of them.

"I haven’t been looking to do that by any means, ‘" he said after Monday’s practice at IceWorks. "If anything, I’m glad we have the depth we do have with our goaltending, not just here but in Bridgeport as well."

At the same time,...

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Al Montoya starts tonight, Grabner, Niederreiter out

New York Islanders goalie Al Montoya (35) dives

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Michael Grabner (groin) and Nino Niederreiter (concussion) are both out for tonight's game with the Lightning at the Coliseum. Rick DiPietro (groin) is also sidelined. Al Montoya gets the start, his fifth in the last six games, with call-up Kevin Poulin backing up.

Tim Wallace, who leads Bridgeport with 9-11-20 in 24 games, makes his Isles debut, and Micheal Haley returns to the lineup. With...

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Jay Pandolfo goes on IR

Paul Martin #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins plays

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

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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