Micheal Haley didn't waste any time making his presence felt Wednesday at the Coliseum against the Philadelphia Flyers. The 25-year-old, called up from Bridgeport on Tuesday to add some "grit" to the lineup, found himself in the penalty box 3:01 into the game for interference.
That aggressiveness is apparently what Islanders coach Jack Capuano wants to see.
"Micheal's one of those guys [whose] personality dictates how he plays. I've had him for a while and he had a short stint last year," Capuano said before the game. "He can play the game, he's got some skill and at the same time he gives us an element of grit."
Haley, who likes to bring "energy and physicality" to the ice, last skated for the Islanders in April.
"I'm not going to be a quick fix or anything," Haley said. "I don't think there's anything wrong, I think we just have to bring some energy. I think we have it in here and we have to change it around."
DiPietro's new jersey
Rick DiPietro figures the black jersey he wore Wednesday was the sixth different style of Islanders uniform he's had in 10 seasons. He didn't wear the infamous Fisherman logo.
"I came just after the Fisherman," said DiPietro, who was drafted in 2000, three years after the Fish Sticks look was dumped. "I've seen the Fisherman, but, to be honest with you, I'm not a huge fan of that jersey."
Islanders center Marty Reasoner was scratched. Capuano said he wouldn't go "into a discussion about it," that the decision is between Reasoner and the coaches.