Bailey Returns to Lineup for Game Against Dallas

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Josh Bailey will return to the Islanders lineup Monday night and take part in his first game since December 28.

The Islander forward has been suffering from a shoulder injury since he went into the board hard during a game against the New Jersey Devils. Bailey had told reporters on Thursday that he was feeling fine, but  since the team was winning he did not have to rush back from the injury.

Bailey said Monday morning that he benefited a lot from not having return from the injury so quickly.

USATSI_7550895_110579513_lowres“I think noticeably from each day I was feeling that much better,” he said. “Today from yesterday from the day before. It seemed like each day I was improving a lot. I think today I feel ready to go and happy to be back.”

Prior to the injury, Bailey had registered a point in the previous three contests and his line looked like they were turning a corner. Bailey registered a point for the first time in 12 games when he assisted on Frans Nielsen’s second period goal back on December 20. He has not scored a goal since October 25 against the Penguins.

Now that Bailey is back, Islander Coach Jack Capuano is hoping to see more out of his player.

“I need to see the work ethic and the grit and the determination in his game,” Capuano said following the team’s morning skate. “I need to see a guy that’s going to get more pucks to the net. He’s a minute cruncher for us, he plays minutes. We expect all our guys to play well defensively away from the puck, but he’s gotta be a guy who gets some pucks to the net. There’s no question he’s gone games where he’s got no shots and he’s got to get back to doing that.”

Who Bailey will be playing along side when the Islanders and Dallas Stars face-off is undetermined, but Bailey is just happy to be in the lineup.

“I just want to come back in and have a good game,” he said.




48 comments
Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

The quotes are unconscionable! Have they been watching this guy play for the last five years? He's terrible!


Not to Islanders:


HE IS NO LONGER A PROSPECT!! HE HASN'T BEEN FOR FIVE YEARS!


wake up.... please.

jepliberty
jepliberty

Bailey's return tonight, That should warm the cockels of every Islanders fans heart, perhaps he should go down with some injury for another week.

tpjm
tpjm

I can't believe they gave this stiff $3 mil for 5 years.  What a waste.

In my best Jerome from Manhattan voice, I WANT HIM OUTTA HERE.  HE'S A BUM

Ian Caterina
Ian Caterina

Apparently you don't need to earn anything to get on the first line. Sounds like Regin might skate there tonight. As disappointing as Bailey has been, he's no Peter Regin.

mrcisback
mrcisback

          I consider Josh Bailey somewhat of an enigma. This guy definitely has talent and should be able to score 20 goals a year and 40 to 50 points. He plays like his girlfriend broke up with him and he's heartbroken and lost all desire to play hockey. Hopefully the light will go on for this guy like it did for Okposo or his days will be numbered as an Islander. 

Zach14
Zach14

Sadly, they played better as a team when he was out. So...yeah

tomba
tomba

No excuses...he's a pro...whah whah...mistreated....brought up too early...REALLY?? Guys would die for that chance. Agree he has talent but there is no excuse for lack of hustle, physical play, one hand on stick always, shooting the puck...unless you use coach, owner and GM as excuses.....

Mike Pacheco
Mike Pacheco

Brian, Well I kinda read that Vanek being slow as a swipe at him. Misread your intention I guess, sorry.... hehe

Scott Trinkwald
Scott Trinkwald

Bailey has had enough chances to "get going" the last 5+ years, time to get rid of him.

puckdad99
puckdad99

"Josh Bailey will return to the Islanders lineup Monday night and take part in his first game since December 28."

I certainly hope he "TAKES PART" in the game. The guy's got talent . . . and on occasion, we actually get to see it.

David Schwartz
David Schwartz

I will still admit although I expect nothing I truly hope and am pulling for him.  If anyone has been screwed since this rebuild and the lack of organizational awareness or depth needed by our completely untested or trained gm(I am a bigger Snow supporter now then I was then just because I think he has slowly learned you can all bash me for that as expected).  If anyone was screwed by this organization it was Bailey who was immediately brought to the Pro level due to such a dearth in talent at the time he was drafted when its obvious he was not ready for it and also was immediately removed from his natural position.  He is still so young so whether its here or another team I hope he becomes a decent player consistent player.

Greg Marder
Greg Marder

Gotta earn your chances and Bailey hasn't earned anything. He's lucky he's not in the minors.

Brian Ketcham
Brian Ketcham

and... any chance I can to make fun of Pat Flatley's skating is a bonus

Brian Ketcham
Brian Ketcham

I was aware of him being sick and commend him for playing through it (and still putting up numbers)... you could see him on the bench in no mood to be there... just suggesting Bailey get some 1st line time to break out of a funk... that's all...

Greg Marder
Greg Marder

Vanek has been sick lately... literally. He had the flu. Maybe that's why he seems slow?

orange2327
orange2327

Whoppdee doo!! Guy has never been any good a marginal third liner at best!!

Chris Timpson
Chris Timpson

Bailey + Ness for an established d man please

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

Lets throw a party...This guy should sit for a while.  Question: Would you trade Frans and Nilsson for the Kings Martin Jones?  Why or why not?

Brian Ketcham
Brian Ketcham

Mike Pacheco ...Pretty sure I wasn't bashing Vanek by saying he seems like a slow skater.... I was suggesting that Bailey could rekindle some offensive numbers on the top line like in the playoffs last year... Vanek is playing great ...

cableguy
cableguy

Oh joy, God knows he was knocking them dead before the injury. The invisible man returns, lets see if we can find him out there. 


Mike Pacheco
Mike Pacheco

With 7G, 9A in 13 games, Vanek can keep playing the way he is IMO. If your gonna bash a player, bash the ones NOT producing ( Bailey )

godsaveus
godsaveus

Lol yea right bro u no who ur talkin about right ? And with a hurt shoulder hes gonna be invisible

Brian Ketcham
Brian Ketcham

good ... put him on the 1st line and get him going... Vanek not only took Pat Flatley number but must be wearing his old skates too .... seems like he is the slowest guy out there

tomba
tomba

Calling Baileys girlfriend .....hello.,,hello...please go back out w him...

Derek Scheer
Derek Scheer

Who would take that contract ? You know Wang isn't paying anyone to stay home, we are stuck with him , another great move by Snowjob.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@David Schwartz Well stated, David. I agree. In fact I think most everyone will. He was a casualty of sorts of the neophytes in charge. Perhaps they felt sorry for him and that's why they signed him to a long term, big $ deal...

jepliberty
jepliberty

He's lucky he isn't in prison for theft of services.

puckdad99
puckdad99

Haven't heard that. I hope that's the explanation.

Bryan Ammirati
Bryan Ammirati

one thing in the way of that, since Garth Snow is our Gm there are no other Gms who would take those 2 guys for an established dman maybe you could get a fringe prospect or a late round pick for Ness but Bailey with that contract and his skill level there is no takers for that.  Can we trade Garth and then fleece his new team??

Bryan Ammirati
Bryan Ammirati

@puckznpadz I don't think the kings will take that, the kid is a stud it will take at least a top prospect and an established NHler which Frans is but Nillson is not. they will look to try and trade jones at the deadline to fill a need which that team doesn't have many.  They would probably ask for Vanek and Lee.

grand_puba
grand_puba

@puckznpadz One question, how are we replacing the hole caused by getting rid of Frans? He's pretty necessary for this teams success it would seem.

orange2327
orange2327

Kings wouldn't do that deal IMO!!

isles23
isles23

He is lightning compared to Moulson.

Don22
Don22

Slowest guy out there that is scoring at almost a point per game clip.  I will take it.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

vanek played for the slower skating sabers. give him another few weeks to adjust


dzruggie
dzruggie

@Derek Scheer Well you would you have to find another under-performing young player earning about $3M per.....then a swap could make sense.  

isles23
isles23

@puckz its not a knock on Moulson but I've seen Vanek make a number of plays from taking a guy out on the back check to flying up the wing and blasting the puck by the goalie that Moulson is just not capable of.