THE MORNING SKATE — Who Leaves to Make Room for Visnovsky?

Kevin Schultz

The Islanders currently have 22 men on their roster, with one open spot now that Radek Martinek was moved to injured reserve yesterday.

That means there won’t be a move to make when Josh Bailey returns. Bailey has been skating with the team this week, although no specific date of a return has been given.

As for Visnovsky, he is scheduled to land in New York tomorrow. He likely won’t see game action until at least the weekend, as he’ll need time to get up to speed on the Isles system and find a place in a defensive pairing. So who moves out for Vis?

When Visnovsky is ready to go — possibly against Buffalo but at this point no one has any idea until he hits the ice — things get a tad more complicated assuming no one else is added to the injured list between now and then.

Is Jeff Finley the odd man out? Or what about Colin McDonald, Casey Cizikas or Thomas Hickey? That’s a tough call.

The likely candidate is Finley, as he hasn’t played in almost two weeks. He was last seen in Boston on January 25th. But Cizikas doesn’t require waivers, so if the Islanders don’t want to risk losing a player he would be the one to go. But with so many defenders hanging around and Finley obtained for nothing, should that really be a concern? No, it shouldn’t.

This is really a terrific story about Travis Hamonic, who lost his father when he was young. At each home game Hamonic hosts a child as his guest as many players do, but for Hamonic there’s a deeply personal connection:

“It’s rewarding to be able to hang out with these kids and their family members or guardians,” Hamonic said. “When you meet the kids, they’re very excited. One of the boys who was here was 10 years old and lost his dad when he was eight. He was at one of our last games with his mom. That one struck a chord because his story resembled mine a lot.”

One of the three ‘partners’ at the Coliseum is SMG, along with the Islanders and the County. For decades, the three have split revenues from the facility, although that deal was revised a bit in 2009 to reduce SMG’s role and earnings. SMG, for the uninitiated, has been a thorn in the Islanders’ side; one of many, during the arena ordeal. So, it was really kind of amazing yesterday learning that SMG was tangentially involved in the power going out at the Super Bowl. As it turns out, SMG is the managing company of the New Orleans Superdome (5th paragraph here).

I know this is a few days old, but I think it still deserves a mention:

ALSO: After a hot start, the Islanders moved from 100-to-1 to win the Stanley Cup to 60-to-1. Progress!… Apparently Dom’s secret super power at LHH is the inexplicably intricate and detailed explanation of hockey plays. This read on Saturday’s turning point is excellent… After Sunday, the Islanders are 3-8-3 in their third jerseys…