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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...

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Stuck in mid-air Twitter jail, Staple keeps answering your Isles questions

Josh Bailey of the New York Islanders skates

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While on the flight from St. Louis to Los Angeles, Arthur Staple asked his Twitter followers to ask him questions on the Isles.

He received so many questions, he got put in Twitter jail for responding to so many tweets in such a short period of time.

Below are more responses to questions (responses are in bold).


OK, #Isles fans -- I'm in the air to LA and I'm here...

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Time for Isles to rebuild again?

Islanders prospect Ryan Strome skates during minicamp at

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ST. LOUIS -- Of all the questions that could be asked about the Islanders right now -- too many to list here, and I’ve got a plane to catch -- here’s one:

Is it time to rebuild the rebuild?

Garth Snow earned praise for jumping in as an inexperienced general manager seven years ago and committing to a bottom-to-top rebuilding of the organization. He stayed small-budget and low-key, amassing...

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Capuano sticks with same Isles lineup

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates against the

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ST. LOUIS -- Jack Capuano is a superstitious man. He’s proven that over and over in his tenure as Islanders coach, so sticking with the same lineup for a third consecutive game Thursday night here against the Blues is not a huge surprise.

That’s even with the major struggles of several forwards, and rookie Brock Nelson being a healthy scratch.

So Capuano will stick with Michael Grabner,...

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Possible trade options for the Islanders

Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks in goal

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Garth Snow has been on the hunt for some sort of help for the Islanders. He’s talked with any number of fellow GMs in recent weeks.

Given his team’s 2-10-2 skid, there’s room to add just about anywhere, but here are a few names that have been mentioned around the league as trade bait and where, based on conversations with several people across the NHL, the Isles might stand in trade talks:



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Too many points-less Isles right now

Islanders' Frans Nielsen controls the puck against the

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Jack Capuano admitted he’s not a “stat guy” after the Islanders’ latest debacle on Tuesday -- don’t get excited, advanced-stats gang, he wasn’t even talking about those -- but even he had to mention the most ridiculous of all the ridiculous numbers coming out of this 8-15-5 team.

The Islanders are now 0-13-3 when scoring two goals or fewer. In a defense-first league, in a division where teams...

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Brian Strait, Evgeni Nabokov return to practice

Evgeni Nabokov makes a save during a game

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Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov, two of the Isles’ injured regulars, got back on the ice Monday morning.

Nabokov has been out since injured his groin on Nov. 16. He will likely join the Islanders on their five-game road trip that begins on Thursday in St. Louis, but it’s unlikely he will play until after the team returns home.

Strait has been out since Oct. 22 with a mysterious ailment,...

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Thomas Hickey back in Isles' lineup

Thomas Hickey of the Islanders defends against Eric

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Thomas Hickey is in the lineup for Wednesday’s visit from the Jets, shaking off the bruised ankle he suffered blocking a shot on Saturday.

That’s good news for the Isles and their depleted defense corps, which could ill afford to lose another regular. Aaron Ness goes back in after sitting the last two games in place of Radek Martinek.

“It’s definitely fair to say we haven’t been at our...

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Fourth line working well for Isles

Casey Cizikas celebrates his second-period goal during a

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Things haven’t been going well for the Islanders in their own end the last three weeks, but one of the bright spots head coach Jack Capuano sees is his fourth line.

More than just providing breathers for the top lines, the fourth line has found itself on the score sheet in the past handful of games.

Eric Boulton chipped in with his first goal as an Islander on Saturday against the Flyers,...

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Notes: Hickey, MacDonald, power-play problems

Pittsburgh Penguins' Beau Bennett collides with Islanders' Thomas

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Some notes off Monday's skate:

-- Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Monday after practice that defenseman Thomas Hickey, who left Saturday's game in Philadelphia after taking a shot off his foot, is “day-to-day.”

Capuano did not provide any further comment regarding Hickey, who is one of the team’s more reliable defenseman. The Islanders’ defense has been marred with key injuries as...

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