9:50 pm: Would the Islanders ask Jon Sim to volunteer his time greeting fans at the team’s Open House on Tuesday night, and then put him on waivers on Wednesday with the goal of sending him to Bridgeport? Hmm…
Is Sim still on the roster because every shift he takes is a lesson in relentlessness and treating every opponent like the enemy – traits this roster could use more of? You better believe it.
Sim may or may not be with the Islanders this time tomorrow, but plenty of questions will be answered when the Islanders meet the NHL deadline and file their 23-man roster by 3:00 pm ET on Wednesday.
Here’s one view of the lineup:
Comeau – Tavares – Parenteau
Moulson – Nielsen – Hunter/Niederreiter
Bailey – Weight – Grabner
Gillies – Konopka – Martin/Sim
Injured Reserve: Okposo, Schremp
Forward Notes: If the Islanders decide to send Matt Martin to Bridgeport – probably not now, you never know later – he does not require waivers. Should Michael Grabner not pan out for the team, he would have to go on waivers to play in the AHL. Trent Hunter is on the team and will score at least 20 goals if he plays 70 games. On nights when the coaches feel they don’t need Trevor Gillies, there’s plenty of icetime for everybody. Sim, who is on a two-way contract, needs waivers and would probably clear. At worst, he is a strong depth callup and instant agitator when the Islanders need some life on the ice.
Mottau – Wisniewski
Eaton – Martinek
MacDonald – Hillen
de Haan – Gervais
Injured Reserve: Streit
Defense Notes: If de Haan sticks, the Islanders will likely start the season with eight men on defense. It would not be surprising if the team waives Milan Jurcina or Bruno Gervais, but it would be if they tried to demote both. (Regardless, I’m fairly certain both would clear waivers since they’re on one-way deals). Something else to watch: Jack Hillen played for the B squads in Philadelphia and Quebec City. The team should deny it, but that cannot be a coincidence. No matter what, the Islanders have a tough decision to make. They probably have already made it, but haven’t shared the news with the players as of tonight.
Goalie notes: If Rick DiPietro is healthy on Saturday, how much do you want to bet he starts the season opener against Dallas?
Save the date of Thursday, October 21. Planning a Point Blank season kickoff party at SOCIAL, across the street from the Coliseum. Free buffet by Top Chef’s Danny Gagnon, Islanders tickets giveaway, raffle and the Islanders vs the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 pm on a few dozen TVs. Stay tuned for confirmation and details.
See you Wednesday. Comments on this subject are encouraged.