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Cal Clutterbuck has been removed from injured reserve, the Islanders announced. Clutterbuck was placed on the IR after this hit on September 18.
Cal Clutterbuck has been removed from injured reserve, the Islanders announced. Clutterbuck was placed on the IR after this hit on September 18.
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Since he broke training camp with the team after a solid preseason, the question surrounding Griffin Reinhart wasn't "can he play for the Islanders" but rather "where would he play?" Of the six regular defenders, five were already penci...
Since he broke training camp with the team after a solid preseason, the question surrounding Griffin Reinhart wasn't "can he play for the Islanders" but rather "where would he play?" Of the six regular defenders, five were already penciled in. That left Reinhart, large human Matt Carkner and Matt Donovan, another rookie who impressed the coaches but one who had two seasons on AHL experience, to fight over the final remaining slot. Yes, the path for Donovan seemed a clear one even going back to the decision to say goodbye to former captain Mark Streit. But Reinhart looked too comfortable in the exhibition games to send back right away. Whether he would have played some, all or more of the nine allotted games he could have under the NHL's agreement with the Canadian Hockey League is known only to the Islanders. Maybe if a defenseman had gotten hurt or faltered, Reinhart would have found himself in the pros. But with a 2-0-1 start, no injuries on the blueline and one injured forward - Cal Clutterbuck - set to return, Reinhart was sent back to the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League today to get playing time. Although he didn't get to play with the Islanders in a regular season game, Reinhart did earn a week travelling and practicing with the big club, much like 2010 first rounder Ryan Strome did in 2011. In yesterday's New York Post, writer Brett Cyrgalis spoke with Reinhart, who said not playing was "frustrating" and that, "I don't think there's too much more for me to be learned [in junior]." The story also heavily referenced Nino Niederreiter, now the Islanders fan's go-to Boogie Man for botched prospect development. But the differences between Niederreiter's horrific rookie season and this current Islanders squad are many. For one, the Islanders don't need a rookie's goosed salary to keep them above the cap floor. Second, the Islanders have a few quality veterans on the roster that will be in the team's plans beyond this season. And, most importantly, they have other home-grown prospects who the team feels are more ready for the NHL than Reinhart is right now. And this is a good thing. In last night's 6-1 drubbing of Phoenix, Matt Donovan scored his first career NHL goal. It's doubtful that a single goal signed Reinhart's plane ticket. But it emphasized that the Islanders, as currently constructed, have a defined pipeline to the NHL. Donovan's the last guy in right now and Reinhart has to go to the back of the line until next season's training camp (thanks to that durned CHL agreement). By that time, there's a good chance another spot will open and Reinhart, having come so close this year, will probably by the new new guy. More from Lighthouse Hockey: [Bits] Coyote Trapped, Reinhart Sits, MacKinnon Learns from Professors Tavares & Crosby Post-Game: Capuano on win over Coyotes, where 6-1 final flatters the Islanders Recap: New York Islanders 6, Phoenix Coyotes 1 - Powerplay, Nielsen line in cakewalk; Donovan scores 1st NHL goal Islanders Assign Kirill Kabanov to ECHL Stockton: 'Personal' or Other? Preview: New York Islanders vs. Phoenix Coyotes, with both homes secure
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Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports It’s finally time for the New York Islanders to make their toughest decision of the season. read more
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports It’s finally time for the New York Islanders to make their toughest decision of the season. read more
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Islanders website: announced that defenseman Griffin Reinhart has been returned to his junior club, the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. NYIFC Comments: That leaves New York with one extra defender in Matt Carkner be...
Islanders website: announced that defenseman Griffin Reinhart has been returned to his junior club, the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. NYIFC Comments: That leaves New York with one extra defender in Matt Carkner before having to recall someone from Bridgeport whether it be Joe Finley, Aaron Ness, Calvin deHaan or one of the rookies on that roster. Joe Finley cleared waivers, he would not require waivers again to be recalled. A trade or another contract to Radek Martinek can always become a possibility.
about 4 hours ago
In no surprise to this reporter, Griffin Reinhart is going back to Junior.  In the Islanders press release below, it announced that the former number 1 pick is going back to the Edmonton Oil Kings.  Yes – a lot of fans wanted him to play...
In no surprise to this reporter, Griffin Reinhart is going back to Junior.  In the Islanders press release below, it announced that the former number 1 pick is going back to the Edmonton Oil Kings.  Yes – a lot of fans wanted him to play here, but you know what?  It was the SMART move by the organization.  First of all – let him be the “STUD” in Edmonton.  He is the Captain! Secondly, I am sure that the thought of last year’s World Juniors is eating him up inside.  It is bad when Canada does not win, let alone not MEDAL!  He should want retribution in the worst way.  This way, he gets it. Good luck Griffin!  Go get ‘em!     read more
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Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports The prevailing question over the past couple of days in social media land was the status of Islanders defenseman Griffin Reinhart. Why did he make the roster if he was not going to play? Why is he even h...
Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports The prevailing question over the past couple of days in social media land was the status of Islanders defenseman Griffin Reinhart. Why did he make the roster if he was not going to play? Why is he even here, losing valuable time in the development program of the Edmonton Oil Kings and the WHL? Those questions were answered about thirty minutes ago when the team announced that Reinhart, the 19 year old, 6’5, 215 pound blue-liner was indeed going back to Edmonton today. read more
about 5 hours ago
The Islanders will return Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton of the WHL, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. “We sent Griffin down since if he’s not getting in the lineup and getting those minutes he should go back to juniors an...
The Islanders will return Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton of the WHL, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. “We sent Griffin down since if he’s not getting in the lineup and getting those minutes he should go back to juniors and get that experience,” Jack Capuano said. Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:With Cal Clutterbuck ready to return to the roster, the Islanders had to take someone off of it to make room. Waiver exempt Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson have played well enough to keep from getting sent to Bridgeport, and the Islanders generally don’t like to try and send veterans through waivers, leaving Reinhart as the option that made the most sense. Reinhart didn’t make the top-six defenders out of camp and might have gotten a chance to play this week had the Isles not gotten off to a hot start; Jack Capuano rarely changes the lineup after a win. The Post spoke to Reinhart yesterday, and he doesn’t seem keen at all on the idea. Usually players will tow a line of ‘whatever coach thinks is good for me is good for me’: “It’s a little frustrating not playing, but I’ve been in junior several years now, and I don’t think there’s too much more for me to be learned down there,” Reinhart told The Post on Tuesday morning. “So I think just practicing here — even if I was just practicing here all year, and playing a few games — I’d learn more from these guys than going back to junior.” Whether you want to read into that or not, Reinhart seemed content with the decision in a now deleted tweet (deleted probably because he was the one breaking the news). This is the irritating and arguably unfair nature of the NHL-CHL agreement that bars 19-year-old CHL-eligible players from playing in the AHL. It generally impacts top prospects like Reinhart, Ryan Strome before him and Nino Niederreiter before both. The players get caught between the CHL and NHL, the former a league they’ll dominate and get bored with and the latter a challenge, maybe too tough. You won’t see Reinhart again until probably the spring when the CHL season is over and at that point it may be Bridgeport not Long Island, but the long look he got this year is certainly promising for his future.
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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:UNIONDALE, N.Y — Five out six points in the opening three games is not a bad way to start the 2013-14 season, but the Islanders weren’t patting themselves on the back after downing the ...
Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:UNIONDALE, N.Y — Five out six points in the opening three games is not a bad way to start the 2013-14 season, but the Islanders weren’t patting themselves on the back after downing the Coyotes 6-1 Tuesday night. “Yeah, definitely,” Matt Donovan responded when asked if five out six points was the start his team was looking for. “To be honest we should have had that sixth point too.” It’s a telling quote that essentially summed up how the team felt about a solid start to the year. The Isles were happy with the win, but know there is more work to be done. “It’s three games. We have 79 more and we have a tough test coming up this weekend,” Isles captain John Tavares said. “So time to prepare and understand that it’s back to work again. There is a lot of work to be done. Nice to start this way and keep building momentum and building the way we want to play. Keep playing that style and it’s really big for us.” Josh Bailey echoed similar comments during his chat with the media following the win. “We’re not going to start talking about how great we’ve been,” Bailey said. “It’s been a short amount of time and we’ve made some good strides, and done some good things, but we still have a long way to go and a lot of things to improve upon.” The Islanders have started off the previous two season with winning records after the first three games. In 2011-12, the Isles opened the year by take four of the possible six points available and last season they did the same. The team makes its’ first trip out west to play Chicago on Friday, and Nashville on Saturday. The Islanders will spend the next few days practicing and work on making corrections before the trip to the windy city. “We got to be hard on them as a staff.  There are some things we need to work on for sure,” Islander head coach Jack Capuano said in his post game press conference. “They had some chances tonight and we talked about a lot of it in our pre-scout and how we need to execute. There were some breakdowns, so there are some things we need to do. We have to continue to make sure we have the awareness. “Our discipline and our decision making were just OK, but I’m starting to see us starting to play like we did in the second half of last year which is positive. But there are certain areas in our game that we need to clean up.”
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New York Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) read...
New York Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) read more
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The debate over whether fighting should be allowed in the NHL has heated up again following the unfortunate incident last week in the fight between the Leafs' Colton Orr and the Habs' George Parros. If the NHL really wants to make the ga...
The debate over whether fighting should be allowed in the NHL has heated up again following the unfortunate incident last week in the fight between the Leafs' Colton Orr and the Habs' George Parros. If the NHL really wants to make the game safer, shouldn't it make the penalty for fighting significantly more harsh? Steve Yzerman, GM of the Lightning, and 9 career fights (according to Hockeyfights.com), wants to make change the penalty for fighting to be a game misconduct. The objective here is not to argue the merits of fighting in the NHL. I am both a fan of it, and believe it is something that makes the NHL unique. Instead, I want to propose a new system by which players are suspended for accumulation of penalty minutes. In soccer, all leagues and tournaments have rules regarding accumulation of yellow cards. If a player accumulates two yellow cards in a single match (equivalent to one red card), or a certain number of yellow cards over the season (in many cases 5), they are suspended for the team's next match. I propose that hockey adopt a similar rule using penalty minutes. Any player that accumulates 30 minutes worth of penalty minutes over the course of the season will be suspended for their team's game immediately following the game in which they crossed the threshold. 30 penalty minutes is equivalent to 6 fights, roughly the number the OHL uses. This proposal takes the OHL's rule farther. The accumulation of penalty minutes, rather than the number of fights further penalizes players instigating a fight. Instead of 5 minutes, one instigator adds 17 minutes to a player's ledger. 13 more to go and the player has to sit. It also punishes players who take a lot of minor penalties. A player that repeatedly hooks and holds an opponent will be punished as well. And the punishment directly affects players' paychecks. A defenseman caught flat footed at his own blue line may think twice before hauling down a streaking forward if its going to cost him some money. This leads to more scoring chances, and more scoring, something the NHL is constantly trying to promote, but back to fighting. The reason this proposal can be effective is because players will be forced to weigh the true cost of the fight, which is 1/6 of the way to a suspension. Staged fights, the most useless of them all, will dramatically decrease. Fights that are a response to an action in the game will decrease as well, but not as much. Designated fighters will become even less useful, and maybe that spot will be given to a player with actual skill. Let's look at some numbers from the last full season (2011-12). All statistics from ESPN.com. Under this proposal, Zac Rinaldo (9 pts in 66 games), would have been suspended twice, just for his 15 fighting majors, not counting 10 minute misconducts (8), or his minor penalty minutes (60). Even last year's Norris Trophy winner, PK Subban, would have sat a few games to pay for his 47 minor penalties. Fighting is dangerous. Fighting is also what makes hockey so different than any other sport. Let's not lose fighting altogether.
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