Micheal Haley became a fast fan favorite when he fought his way -- sometimes quite literally -- up from the East Coast League to the Islanders' lineup in the course of the previous three seasons, posting 151 penalty minutes in 43 games.
The Islanders weren't interested in giving Haley, now 26, a one-way contract, so the Rangers snapped him up to add him as a potential enforcer call-up. Haley was back at the Coliseum with the Rangers Thursday night.
"I'm just trying to show the Rangers' management that this is where I want to be," Haley said Thursday afternoon. "Sure, there's going to be some emotions, but there's no ill feelings towards anybody here. Every first I ever had came here. They gave me my break."
Haley's most memorable night at the Coliseum was the crazy game with the Penguins on Feb. 11, 2011. In addition to the 342 penalty minutes that were handed out, Haley not only challenged Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson to a fight but scored one of his two NHL goals.
With Haley and Stu Bickel dressed for the Rangers, Jack Capuano decided to beef up his own roster by dressing Eric Boulton and sitting David Ullstrom. Boulton skated on a line with Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin. Lubomir Visnovsky is due to return to the U.S. and the Islanders Friday.
Katie Beers drops puck
Katie Beers, who was abducted and chained in a basement for two weeks as a 10-year-old in Bay Shore in 1992, was on hand to drop a ceremonial first puck in honor of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Night. The center is supported by Islanders owner Charles Wang.