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Isles agree to deals with Casey Cizikas, Calvin de Haan

Casey Cizikas, right, celebrates after Matt Martin scored

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Casey Cizikas agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal and Calvin de Haan to a three-year, $5.9 million deal on Tuesday, the last of the Isles’ restricted free agents to agree to terms.

Kevin Poulin still is headed to arbitration, but I don’t think he’ll be retained on anything more than a one-year, two-way deal, so I’m not counting on him to be in the mix.

Cizikas and de Haan will be,...

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Isles waive Kirill Kabanov

Kirill Kabanov was a third-round pick of the

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The Islanders on Tuesday placed Kirill Kabanov, their 2010 third-round pick, on unconditional waivers, meaning he’ll be released once he clears Wednesday.

It’s an unusual move, but this was an unusual situation.

Garth Snow drafted Kabanov, who turns 22 on Wednesday, in the third round when most teams wouldn’t touch the gifted but behaviorally challenged forward who came from Russia to...

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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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