THE PRESEASON SCHEDULE BEGINSSaskatoon gets 'A' group…Travis Hamonic injured

11:25 am, NVMC: Travis Hamonic just appeared to suffer an upper-body injury, possibly to a shoulder, at practice. Working with the “Philadelphia” group after already skating with the first group on ice at camp today, Hamonic got tangled with a teammate in a drill and crashed into the boards behind Dwayne Roloson’s goal. After spending five minutes on the bench being attended to by Nates Gato, Hamonic left the ice and went to the trainer’s room.


On a positive note, Frans Nielsen is practicing with the second group.


Joining the Islanders for his first day as a camp invitee, Manny Legace is tending the net opposite from Roloson and is working with goalie coach Mike Dunham.


“Philadelphia” Group


Moulson – Nielsen – Kolanos

Hilbert – Hisey – Sim

Haley – Romano – Joensuu

DiBenedetto – Marcinko – Yablonski


Hillen – Gervais

Reese – Kohn

Klementyev – Katic

Anders Eriksson – Hamonic









10:15 am: Looks like the Islanders are sending their A group to Saskatoon.


The first team on the ice at the Coliseum is the same one on first today, and they’re scheduled to fly to Saskatchewan early this afternoon. Garth Snow was already on the record with a Saskatoon reporter that Rick DiPietro would make his return to NHL game action there. Expect a minor change or two, but this should be close to what the Islanders’ lineup will look like when they travel to play the Flames:


“Saskatoon” Group

Comeau – Tavares – Parenteau

Bailey – Schremp – Niederreiter

Martin – Ullstrom – Hunter

Gillies – Konopka – Rakhshani


MacDonald – Martinek

Eaton – Wisniewski

de Haan – Jurcina






Notes: No announcement or sourced report yet on Kyle Okposo. This is likely not a Mark Streit scenario, but I can’t say I’m loving the body language around camp this morning. Comments.