RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport missed the playoffs and its season ended Sunday.
Once the Isles' regular season ends -- provided they reach the postseason -- several of the team's prospects will join the big club to skate with the team's extras and be on hand in case of injury.
Two fairly prominent players will not be among the call-ups: Rick DiPietro and Nino Niederreiter.
DiPietro was placed on waivers Feb. 22 and sent to Bridgeport the next day. He played 18 games for the Sound Tigers, going 9-9-0 with a 2.93 goals-against average.
Niederreiter led Bridgeport with 28 goals and had 50 points in 74 games, spending the entire season in the AHL after a dismal rookie season in the NHL. His agent requested a trade in January.
Both players could be viewed as unnecessary distractions were they to be skating with the Isles but not playing during the postseason. Niederreiter likely will play for Switzerland in the upcoming IIHF World Championships. DiPietro’s plans are unknown.
Among the players likely to be brought up are forwards Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, John Persson and Johan Sundstrom; defensemen Aaron Ness and Matt Donovan and goaltender Anders Nilsson.
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