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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.

He...

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Greg Cronin returns as Islanders assistant coach

Islanders' coach Greg Cronin watches players practice Tuesday,

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The Islanders are bringing back Greg Cronin as an assistant coach to fill the spot vacated by Brent Thompson, who is taking over as Bridgeport head coach.

Cronin was an Isles assistant from 1999-2003, under Butch Goring and Peter Laviolette. He then spent two seasons as Bridgeport head coach before taking over the head spot at Northeastern University. Cronin, 51, spent the past three seasons...

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Islanders shuffle coaching staff

Islanders assistant coach Brent Thompson is returning to be the head coach of the team’s AHL affiliate in Bridgeport, the same job he held for the 2011-12 season.

Scott Pellerin, the Sound Tigers coach the past two seasons, was not retained.

The Isles are searching for a replacement for Thompson on Jack Capuano’s staff....

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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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John Tavares talks chemistry, younger players, coaching and more

John Tavares discusses his season-ending knee injury during

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Since we're heading toward a rather quiet time from the Islanders as the NHL playoffs begin without them, I'll have a couple posts here of interviews with players from Monday's breakup day.

Today, we'll begin with John Tavares. He spoke on a variety of topics, including the chemistry "hiccup" the team suffered when Matt Moulson was traded, who he thinks might work well on his left side next...

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Colin McDonald up for Masterton Trophy

Colin McDonald checks the Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik

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Colin McDonald has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy by the Islanders’ chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

The award goes to the player who “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication” to the sport.

McDonald, 29, didn’t become a regular NHLer until joining the Islanders for training camp last season after 405 AHL games....

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On Ryan Strome, Anders Nilsson and Sebastian Collberg

Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin shoots the puck past

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TAMPA -- A few notes of interest off Tuesday night’s game, the latest in a long line of “Oh, hey, that happened” nights for the Islanders this season

In talking with Colin McDonald and Matt Martin, the Trottier and Bossy of the 5-4 win (each had two goals and McDonald had an assist), they spoke about the adjustments of moving from mostly playing with Casey Cizikas to playing with Ryan Strome,...

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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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Garth Snow keeps trade rumors quiet

Isles GM Garth Snow addresses the media during

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WINNIPEG -- There was no trade news out of the Islanders on Monday, but that doesn’t mean things are dull.

Garth Snow, as he normally does, is keeping his own counsel while fielding plenty of calls from fellow general managers. You don’t hear much about rumors with the Isles because that’s the way Snow wants it. There aren’t open lists of team names who’ve inquired about Thomas Vanek or Andrew...

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