Following last night's season finale--a 6-5 OT loss to Pittsburgh--the Isles will have their break up day beginning at 10 a.m.
I'll be there to touch base with guys as they pack their things and get ready to depart for the summer. Will update throughout the day, so swing by later or follow me @KatieStrangNYI.
***The NHL Draft Drawing show will be shown tomorrow night on TSN at 8 p.m.
By virtue of their 26th-place finish, the Islanders are one of the five teams eligible to move up and grab the first overall selection, although the percentage of that happening is only 8.1%
No club can move up more than four positions in the order and no club will move down more than one position as a result of the drawing.
Below are some tidbits to chew on heading into the off-season:
-Among the Islanders headed to this year's IIHF World Championships, figure Kyle Okposo, Jack Hillen and Scott Gordon (USA) Frans Nielsen (Denmark) and John Tavres (Canada).
-Regardless of a great year personally, Dwayne Roloson said he didn't think of this season as a success given the fact the team missed the playoffs.
"It's never a good season when you miss the playoffs. Regardless of personal stats you look at the end result."
That said, Roloson said he felt the team is capable of the feat next season.
"For sure. When I signed here I thought this was a team that could make the playoffs. We've made a lot of great strides so that in the future, we won't just get into the playoffs, we'll do damage."
--As for the other goaltender? Marty Biron, winner of this year's Good Guy award, is heading back to Buffalo tonight to his wife and four kids. In terms of what lies ahead for Biron, he said he has learned to expect the unexpected and never count out an opportunity.
"A season like this just makes you want it even more."
-Doug Weight, who recently underwent season-ending shoulder surgery, will be sling three more weeks. While he has been diligently rehabbing since his operation, he'll likely have a clearer picture about his future once he regains more strength in his shoulder.
Weight said if he does return, however, he'd like to return as an Islander.
--Matt Moulson said he was happy to get to goal No. 30 yesterday:
"It was a good milestone. That was my goal after the Olympic break. I feel like I've come pretty far, from some of the lowest of the lows to pretty high."
In doing so, Moulson feels he has found a home with the Islanders and hopes to fit in with their future plans long-term:
"This is just kind of my place. This team took me in and hopefully I'll be around here for a long time."
--Another guy appreciative of the second chance he received with the Islanders was Rob Schremp. Schremp knows he didn't come in from Edmonton with the best reputation, but he feels like he effectively bucked that perception.
"People are pretty quick to jump on the bandwagon with all that negative stuff, but I feel like I found a place here where I can be myself. In Edmonton I was just too stressed. I couldn't think and play. I think I had a pretty good year considering how I started off."
Would he like to remain an Islander?
"Absolutely. I'd love to."
--Veterans Jon Sim and Richard Park both said they'd like to return as well, as did fellow UFA's Freddy Meyer, Tim Jackman and resident tough guy Trevor "Gilt Train" Gillies (Hell yeah I want to come back!).
--Blake Comeau was sans boot today and looked pretty mobile save for his purple toes. He'll be heading back to Kelowna, BC at the end of the month to work out. This year he said he planned to get a private trainer for off-ice workouts. Obviously he wants to build on what was a strong end to the season for him...
--Seems that Jeff Tambellini has seen the writing on the wall here on Long Island and is looking forward to a fresh start. Although a tremendously likeable guy with a significant amount of skill, Tambellini simply not stay in the lineup. I think it's safe to say he has worn his Isles jersey for the last time.
--Four days after getting crushed into the boards by Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky, Josh Bailey looks like he'll recover just fine. He has a slightly purple eye and is still sporting a big gash on his right cheek, but he said that won't hamper anything long-term. He'll return to Whitby, Ontario, where his off-season regimen catapulted him into a very solid sophomore year.
--In case you think I forgot about rookie John Tavares, I didn't. Will have more on him later and what he plans to do this off-season...