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Those Who Remain

Posted 8:50 AM ET | Comments 6
Now that the Isles are back at home, several have been sent to Bridgeport. Thus, those player's presence on the waiver wire, as many have noticed. No reports have come in that anyone was grabbed by another team thus far.

Still on the Islander's roster: Jeff Tambellini, Aaron Johnson, Jeremy Colliton, Blake Comeau, Darryl Bootland, Kip Brennan (reported on waiver wire, but is still with team)

Bryan Berard and the rest of the Isles defense is now the focus of much evaluation. Berard has not quite turned heads with his play thus far. Not that it has been bad. Just not making it a hard sell to make the team quite yet. He will have ample opportunity to do so this week.

The Islanders powerplay quarterbacking need is great, so it Berard doesn't make the team, Radek Martinek can also be used as a PP QB. Otherwise the Isles will have to trade or give others a shot next to Marc-Andre Bergeron, who as excelled as the roving dman getting free to take a booming shot. MAB is about the only sure thing on the powerplay. As we start to wind into autumn and the end of camp/preseason, there is little time and much scrutiny to all the Dman's play these next few games.

Also vying for spots on the Isles D is Freddy Meyer and Aaron Johnson, who has been getting an extended look with his good play. Both have had pretty good camps. But Johnson has a 2 way contract, and might have a season at Bridgeport eventually to round out and tweak his game. Freddy Meyer, however, is playing for his spot.

Andy Sutton and Brendan Witt are locks, and will be crease clearing. Chris Campoli and Bruno Gervais have been used together quite a bit, and despite that Bruno's contract is 2-way, seems to be a good chance of being with the big club to continue his development. Being in Bridgeport simply won't help him. So very little spots for those on the bubble. Berard, Johnson, Meyer are locked in a big battle for one spot. Or is a trade on tap to assure the Islanders are set for their powerplay?

We'll see.

Tonight they play the Rangers, who are coming off an embarrassing loss versus the Flyers. Yes, the Ranger's used lots of prospects and minor leaguers. But, watching Lundquist constantly pressed to offset sloppy defensive schemes and play was all too familiar. They will look to rebound versus the Isles tonight, and will be much more on their game.

The table is set for a good game tonight. The Islanders need to play hard and some players have an NHL spot on the line.
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September 24, 2007 11:28 AM ET | Delete
What do you feel are the chances of Berard making the team? When Kasper iis sent down to Hartford(I really don't think it's a question of if anymore), you think the Isles will be interested in picking him up? Should be a pretty good game tonight, any idea what the Isles roster is looking like for tonight?
September 24, 2007 11:49 AM ET | Delete
I hope not! Kasper had his chance to rejoin the Isles a few years ago and thumbed his nose up at the thought. Hes damaged goods. Poor play, to many injuries and off ice problems over the past few years. Just because he came to camp 20 lbs lighter doesnt mean his reflexes are back or he'll stand up the the rigors of an NHL season. Besides hes ruined for life after wearing the Rangers sweater.
September 24, 2007 2:46 PM ET | Delete
Yeah, and so was Poti but you guys seemed to love him. And i could go on with a list of rangers who played for the fishsticks but it would waste too much of my time. Good read B.D. Thanx.
September 24, 2007 3:13 PM ET | Delete
Nice read BD. I hope whomever wins tonight does so in a bloodbath of a game complete with high sticks, butt ends and unimaginable amounts of good, clean, wholesome American violence. Tighten your chinstraps tonight baby!SYF
September 24, 2007 5:41 PM ET | Delete
You dont hear me crying over Poti's departure, do you? The list goes both ways my Ranger friend, and in my humble opinion all Isles who donned the Ranger Colors are and always will be Ruined. NO Exceptions, so dont bring anyone up no matter how great an Islander they may have been. Its like having a pure breed dog once the Mutts get to her its all over!!!! Enjoy the game tonight it should be fun. The shape of things to come?
September 24, 2007 6:13 PM ET | Delete
Hard to judge anything based upon a preseason game, no matter what the outcome
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