UPDATES: GILLIES, HALEY & KONOPKATwo out of three scrappers expected to be back

11:30 am: Here’s the latest on the Islanders’ close-knit family of fighters.

“Brother” Trevor Gillies will be back in the Islanders organization for the 2011-12 season. You do not have to be connected like Bob McKenzie to know Gillies’ signing is inevitable. Trevor will be at the Islanders’ NHL Draft Party and the club will have a “Gillies ‘Stache Station.” Of course, a team does not do something like this and then tell a player before July 1 that they’re not interested in bringing him back.

Gillies is loved by management. He will likely receive another two-way contract (like last spring). Since he could pass through waivers easily and be sent to Bridgeport, the enforcer gives Garth Snow excellent roster flexibility. He is respected by his teammates and he wins the majority of his fights at the NHL and AHL levels. In the eyes of Snow, Trevor Gillies is a keeper.

“Cousin” Micheal Haley is also scheduled to attend the club’s Draft Party. He could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and it’s hard to believe the Islanders would give the fourth-liner a one-way contract after playing just 29 NHL games.

In the most likely scenario, he will receive a bump from the $50,000 he made last year playing in the AHL on his next two-way contract. The Islanders like Haley and the feeling is mutual. He may not want to consider taking his chances by shopping his services on July 1, when he would certainly receive offers, but all of the two-way variety. Looks like Haley is staying. You could see announcements on Gillies and Haley in the next two or three weeks.

As Point Blank has written since the excitement of Ferocious Friday, barring a change of heart from management, it doesn’t appear Zenon Konopka will be back for a second season with the Islanders. If the club would have received offers better than fourth round picks at this year’s trade deadline, Konopka would have been gone sooner. As of this morning, there still had yet to be any negotiations for a new contract.

If Konopka wants to make really big bucks, he could sign with a team in the KHL as soon as he is officially free on July 1. But his preference is to play in the NHL. His prowess at the faceoff dot – Jack Capuano even had him take offensive draws in key situations last season – leadership, willingness to play hurt and desire to stand up for teammates will net him NHL offers on July 1 if the Islanders do not have a last-second change of mind. Konopka, the prodigal son, wants to stay.