Roster changes coming for Islanders

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano hinted that changes could be coming to the lineup Tuesday night after their 5-2 loss to Toronto.

On Wednesday some changes started to happen. Capuano had put Cal Clutterbuck back down on the fourth line wing and had placed Eric Boulton with Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome.

“I think we’re going to have to make some tweaks eventually if we don’t start scoring some goals even strength,” Capuano said in response to a question about line shakeups before the Isles next game. “We’ll start with lines and then maybe tweak a few things personal wise.”

It would appear as though Boulton’s presence with Strome and Nelson was a temporary situation. The Islanders waived Colin McDonald following practice on Wednesday and recalled Anders Lee from AHL Bridgeport later in the day. The team also placed Mikhail Grabovski on injured reserve retroactive to October 16.

Capuano has come under some criticisms from the ever vocal fans on twitter about lines and time on ice for certain players. The Islander Coach says that he determines ice time by how guys are playing.

“I look at the guys that are playing well are going to get more minutes and guys that aren’t are going to get less minutes. That’s the way we go into every game,” Capuano said.

In particular the Islanders’ fourth line is one that Capuano sees as doing all the right things.

“I mean I know you guys don’t see what we do after games as coaches,” he explained. “But when you break down the game the way that we do and you see the amount of scoring chances that they give up, they don’t give up many. Not even close to what the other three lines have given up. To me there is a lot of confidence in that line. They know their role, they know what they have to do. They may not be as skilled as some of the other players, but their work ethic and the way that they play within the team concept. They know exactly how we need to play.

“They have success. They don’t play in our end very much.”

Ledecky and Malkin using two year transition as on the job training

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin said all the right things on Wednesday afternoon. Ledecky even knew what team to dislike to get on Islander fans good side.B0ktoIgIEAAczCL

“I can tell you all that I don’t care much for the Penguins as a team,” Ledecky said. “I’m sure our fan base feels the same way.”

But for the next two years Ledecky, a former owner of the Washington Capitals, and Malkin, a London based investor, will spend much of their time getting a crash course in NHL ownership. Their teacher? Charles Wang.

As part of the sale of the Islanders, there is a two-year transitional period that has Malkin and Ledecky holding minority ownership until 2016. Wang will then move into a minority role as the pair of new owners jump into the drivers seat of franchise. To read more of this story, click here

Mikhail Grabovski to IR; Lee recalled

Mikhail Grabovski has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 16, the team announced.

Grabovski is suffering from a concussion.


Anders Lee was recalled from Bridgeport, the team said.

New Isles owners looking forward, but remembering past

The two new Islanders owners held up their new jerseys and professed their thanks and admiration toward the franchise.

Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky will join as minority owners and become majority owners in two years, where Charles Wang will stay on as a minority owner. The new owners pointed to the move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn as a turning point for the organization, though they will miss the Coliseum.

“This is a fabulous place to play hockey,” Ledecky said, and told a story that many fans have approached him to discuss their favorite memories from “The Old Barn.”

They said they will use the next two years as a “listening tour” to learn from Wang, but are excited to start their own chapter in the history of the team.

“We’re thrilled to be here,” Malkin said. “It’s a great honor to participate in the tradition of the Islanders.”

Hickey OK after taking skate to face

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Thomas Hickey just felt a numbness right away after his face got cut by the skate of Mike Santorelli on Tuesday night. He immediately left the ice.Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 12.41.03 PM

“It’s just scary cause you’re a little numb and I didn’t know if it was a lit cut or a real big one,” Hickey said about the incident. “I just assumed it was bad and it was, so I just had to get off right away.”

The 25-year-old was no worse for the wear on Wednesday. Hickey was back on the ice for practice sporting new head gear to protect the roughly 20 stitches he received. Tuesday was not Hickey’s first brush with a skate blade However. Earlier this season, according to the Islander defenseman, a skate blade came close to catching him.

“I’ve been playing hockey — without a cage — since I was 16,” he said. “So in nine years it happens once. It’s a lot of games so your odds are pretty good.”

The cage that Hickey was sporting during Wednesday’s practice at Nassau Coliseum will be on him when the Islanders play the Bruins in Boston on Thursday. After that they will “reevaluate” if it is still necessary after that.

Hickey had to wear a cage last season after breaking his noise in october. He had a tough time adjusting to it last season, but this time around the cage does not seem to bothersome for him.

“It’s like playing blindfolded,” he explained. “Then I wore a different bubble that didn’t do to much, but this one is just sort of the jaw outline and you can see the puck better. But anything that’s in your feet you lose a little bit of vision, but this helmet is not too bad at all.”

Hickey played 16:11 in the Islanders 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Isles place McDonald on waivers

The Islanders have placed Colin McDonald on waivers, the team said.

McDonald has played in two games this season with the Isles and hasn’t registered a point.