"He handled it really good. On the inside, I don't know how he handled it for sure," Gordon said. "It's not so much handling it during the conversation, it's how you handle it when you're back on the ice, sitting on the bench and not playing."
Although it appears Roloson (who turns 41 Tuesday) will back up DiPietro, Gordon said he's not worried about getting him work. He said he'll use Roloson often in back-to-back game situations and added, "We're fortunate we have a guy that could very well be a No. 1 goalie on any team in the NHL."
Hillen is scratched
After he was scratched the first four games of last season, Hillen's play improved and he became one of the team's best defensemen. But a disappointing training camp for Hillen allowed 6-4, 240-pound Milan Jurcina to surpass him and secure a spot for opening night.
Gordon declined to talk about the decision after the team's morning skate and said he'd like to discuss the situation with Hillen first before speaking about the demotion publicly.
Nino is the bambino
When he made his debut last night, Nino Niederreiter became the youngest player in Islanders history: 18 years and 31 days.
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