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Nathan Lawson placed on waivers

 Goaltender Nathan Lawson was placed on waivers this afternoon by the Islanders.

The 27-year-old Calgary native sprained his MCL in training camp last month and was placed on the injured reserve October 6, 2010.

Assuming Lawson clears at noon tomorrow, he'll report to Bridgeport.

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No practice today for the Islanders, who departed around noon for Toronto, where they'll face the undefeated Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre tomorrow.

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When asked about the stellar play of Josh Bailey in his third NHL season, Scott Gordon has repeatedly pointed out the growing pains Bailey had in his rookie season and how he far has come in the two years since breaking into the league.

" Josh, in his first year, he stood around a lot. He made his plays and stood and watched. He was, a lot of  times, a bystander."

 "He’d put himself out on the perimeter after a play and never recovered inside the dots.  As a result, sometimes his shifts he was playing shorthanded. That’s the biggest progress he made from year one to year two. That was something that was probably just a habit in junior. He was probably making those plays and they were going in for goals and he was going for the celebration afterwards.”

Now, however, Bailey is proving why the Islanders were so hell-bent on moving down--twice-- and selecting him 9th overall in the 2008 draft.

“Right now he's been one of our top guys, so it’s encouraging to see that,” Gordon said.

Given his tremendous start this season, that sure puts things in perspective, huh?

 

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