GAMEDAY: The Class of Darcy RegierAndrew MacDonald gets the call on D

UPDATED 12:20 pm - The Islanders have decided to go with one of their top AHL D prospects to replace the suspended Brendan Witt. Andrew MacDonald has been recalled from Bridgeport and will make his NHL debut tonight when the Islanders host Buffalo.

 

(You had to know MacDonald would get the call when we wrote in this space late last night that Dustin Kohn and Chris Lee were standing out in Bridgeport most recently. You’re welcome, Andrew.)

 

Going the prospect route, the Islanders were likely faced with a choice of MacDonald or Dustin Kohn. The 22-year old MacDonald was taken in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL draft at the suggestion of his former junior coach in Moncton, Ted Nolan. The 6-1, 190-pound defenseman is an unspectacular but solid player in both ends.

 

The Sound Tigers won in Philadelphia last night, 4-1. Jesse Joensuu had a goal. The third line of Michael Haley-Tyler Haskins and Sean Bentivoglio combined for four points. Kohn was paired with McDonald, Lee with 25-year old Jon Gleed, a former Montreal 7th-round pick out of Cornell recently recalled from Utah of the ECHL.

 

“NY Hockey This Week” will be live today from 1-2:00 pm on 1050 ESPN Radio. Bob Galerstein and I will be taking your calls.

 

If there’s a trade or a recall today, I’ll Blackberry it in from the city as soon as news breaks. Maybe Jim Balsillie can hook me up with a Blackberry sponsorship.

 

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Every time the Islanders play the Buffalo Sabres I think of Darcy Regier, the Buffalo general manager and one of the princes of this game.

 

In my early days with the Islanders, Darcy was just breaking into the hockey operations racket. He quickly moved up the ladder to assistant general manager. No matter how far his career progressed, he always had time for me. He will not take this as a compliment, but I learned more about the NHL and the game of hockey from Darcy than anyone in my 20 years.

 

Here’s one of my foremost memories of Darcy. It’s about 19 years ago and I’m just outside the offices of Bill Torrey and Darcy because, well, we didn’t have a lot of supplies and equipment. I’m trying to run labels for Islander News subscriptions off a machine that was behind its time – even in 1990. I’ve turned the chore into a slapstick, “I Love Lucy” episode.

 

Darcy Regier, a technology whiz ahead of his time, sees the trainwreck I’ve created. He calmly walks over, asks what the problem is, and then stays with me, threads the labels and doesn’t leave until the job is done. Might seem silly, but says a lot about the man.

 

That’s the kind of man the Buffalo Sabres are fortunate to have running the show.

 

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The stats did not peak with last Friday’s Campoli trade. Thanks to you, Point Blank is having its best week ever. And for the fifth complete month since this blog began, the average monthly Visits, Hits and everything else have increased in double-digit percentages.

 

So again – thank you, thank you, thank you. Just don’t bolt after the trade deadline. We promise to do our best to keep it interesting for the rest of the season.

 

 

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