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Griffin Reinhart working to reverse perceptions

Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart skates during minicamp at

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Griffin Reinhart has heard the criticisms. He’s heard himself portrayed as lazy and as someone who consistently takes plays off. Reinhart, though, is here to prove those critics wrong.

“I know I’ve been criticized in the past, for not necessarily being lazy, but not urgent enough and intense,” Reinhart said. “I think I’ve really worked on that and I think they’ve seen that now in me a little...

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Ryan Pulock impresses at Islanders minicamp

Islanders prospect Ryan Pulock skates during minicamp at

(Credit: James Escher)

Ryan Pulock has only been on the ice for about an hour for his new organization, but already he has developed a reputation. If there’s one thing you his fellow prospects learned about him on Tuesday, it’s that you don’t want to get in the way of his shot.

“He’s a big, strong kid and hopefully you don’t get hit with one of his shots in front of the net,” Brock Nelson said.

Pulock, who...

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Islanders sign Cal Clutterbuck

Cal Clutterbuck #22 of the Minnesota Wild and

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The Islanders have re-signed Cal Clutterbuck to a four-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

“It’s important [for us],” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Where he was in his contract, to lock him up, I think he’s going to be an intricate part of our team."

The Islanders acquired Clutterbuck, who was a restricted free agent, from the Minnesota Wild less than 10 days ago during...

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Ryan Strome tries to show Islanders improvement

Islanders prospect Ryan Strome skates during minicamp at

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For many prospects at the Islanders Mini Camp, this week presents an opportunity to meet some of the other players in the organization and have a little fun before returning to their respective junior or college teams.

Not for Ryan Strome. He’s got a different mission.

“I expect to be a leader and show that I’m a man amongst boys here,” Strome said. “I want to show that I’m a good player...

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Islanders' Joey Diamond a small brawler

Throughout Joey Diamond’s childhood, he would come to the Nassau Coliseum to watch the Islanders.

Now, as a 23 year-old, he’s still coming to the Coliseum — but now he’s on the ice instead of in the stands.

Diamond, a Long Beach native, took to the ice Tuesday for the first day of the 2013 Islanders Mini Camp, his first camp as a member of the organization. Diamond signed a one-year,...

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Sources: Islanders in the mix for Kings' Jonathan Bernier

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier in the

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The Islanders have not locked up Evgeni Nabokov to return as at least one of their goaltenders for next season, despite both sides being relatively close on a contract.

There may be younger, more attractive goaltending options available when free agency begins on July 5, but perhaps the most intriguing goaltender available will be sought after around the day of the June 30 NHL draft.

And...

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My Lady Byng Trophy ballot

Matt Moulson and Islanders' fans celebrate his first-period

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As a voting member of the Pro Hockey Writers Association, I cast a Lady Byng ballot. Here was mine this season:

1. Matt Moulson, NYI

2. Loui Eriksson, DAL

3. Jason Pominville, BUF/MIN

4. Bryan Little, WPG

5. Logan Couture, SJS  ...

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Islanders' Andrew MacDonald is on the mend after breaking hand in playoffs

Andrew MacDonald of the Islanders skates against the

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Andrew MacDonald is headed home to Nova Scotia this week, but he'll be back in three weeks to have a metal rod removed from his broken left hand.

MacDonald took Douglas Murray's shot off the back of his hand in Game 4, an injury that the Isles had trouble overcoming.

"I thought the guys played their hearts out in Game 6," he said. "It was just one of those things."...

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Mark Streit wants to return to Islanders next season

Mark Streit of the Islanders speaks to the

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Mark Streit is headed for a short vacation before returning home to Switzerland for the offseason, but he's also headed into the unknown.

The Islanders captain is one of three key unrestricted free agents who departed Nassau Coliseum Tuesday unsure of what this summer holds.

"I've said it all along, I want to be back," Streit said. "I love it here, I love Long Island and...

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Casey Cizikas thriving in first postseason

Casey Cizikas of the Islanders celebrates his third

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Pittsburgh -- All Casey Cizikas knew of the NHL playoffs before this season was whether he could stay awake for the second half of the nighttime doubleheaders on TSN or CBC during his preteen years in Ontario.

"You had to try and force yourself to stay up for that 10 p.m. West Coast game," he said. "That¹s all there was for us as kids this time of year."

Now,...

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