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First practice day for Isles

A few notes from the first day of drills:

-- The players who didn't skate: Fs Mitchell Theoret and Rhett Rakhshani (concussions), C Marty Reasoner (knee) and D Andrew MacDonald (hip). Jack Capuano said MacDonald likely won't skate much this week as he still recovers from March hip surgery.

"We're not going to rush him," Capuano said. "We have the time here to rest him."

Capuano said that Reasoner, who twisted his knee on Saturday in conditioning sprints, will try to skate on Tuesday and then the team will reassess.

-- Steve Staios got out on the ice for the first time since agreeing to a tryout. The 38-year-old defenseman said he had other options as far as camp invites, but he wanted to come here after 15 seasons and 936 games with the Bruins, Canucks, Thrashers, Oilers and Flames.

"I really like the fit here," Staios said. "After 10 years in Edmonton and Calgary, I think the travel schedule's a bit better for veterans like me. You can play a lot of minutes and have a chance to recover."

Staios captained a young Atlanta team in 2000-01, so he's been in rooms with a big contingent of youth before.

"Whatever's asked of me here," he said about his role. "I didn't just come here to feel things out, I came to contribute any way they want me to."

-- The camp is split into two groups, so line combinations and defense pairings are not as they will look once the roster is trimmed down. But the most intriguing line was John Tavares centering Matt Moulson and Nino Niederreiter. The Moulson-Tavares pairing is a longstanding one, but it was PA Parenteau there for all of last season; Capuano and the staff want to see how the 19-year-old Niederreiter handles work with the top line at least in a preseason game or two.

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