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Islanders claim G Jean-François Bérubé off waivers

The New York Islanders have claimed G Jean-François Bérubé off waivers (Staple, Oct. 6).

Berube, 24, was selected in the fourth-round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

Berube spent the last two seasons with the Manchest Monarchs of the AHL. In 37 games last year, he posted a 2.18 GAA, and a .913 save percentage, leading Manchester to Calder Cup.

Brian Erni

Interesting. Obviously, this sets off an air of foreboding around the status of Jaro Halak, though the Isles starting goalie did practice in Annapolis Tuesday morning. In Berube, the Islanders get a proven AHL hand that could contribute to the big club, if need be. Nothing against J.F., but I really hope there isn’t a need.


Isles place Louis Leblanc on waivers

The Islanders have placed Louis Leblanc on waivers, the team announced (Oct. 5).

Leblanc, 24, spent last season with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.

The 18th overall pick of the Canadiens in the 2009 draft, Leblanc appeared in eight games with Montreal during the 2013-14 season.

With Leblanc now on waivers, there are currently 24 players on the active roster.


Barclays Center launches Islanders Radio Network

Barclays Center has launched the New York Islanders Radio Network, a network of three radio stations that will broadcast every game in the team’s inaugural season in Brooklyn, the team announced on Monday.

Three stations will include WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, and WRCN 103.9 FM.

WRHU (Hofstra Radio) will carry Islanders broadcasts for the sixth straight season. The team says it covers all of Nassau County and parts of Suffolk COunty. WRCN 103.9 FM is LI News Radio, the Island’s only FM news station, broadcasts from Islip’s MacArthur Airport. The club says WRCN will reach all of Suffolk County.

WNYE covers all of New York City, as well as portions of Upstate New York and New Jersey. To view their coverage map, click here (h/t to Eric Hornick)

Chris King, who has worked on the Islanders radio broadcast for the past 22 seasons, will be retained as play-by-play announcer. Greg Picker, who has worked on the web-based IslandersTV, will serve as color commentator.

Brian Erni

This is certainly an interesting way to go about this. I’m surprised the Isles didn’t cut a deal with a far-reaching AM station that doesn’t have a hockey affiliation (WOR, the radio home of the Mets, comes to mind). I don’t know if there were any negotiations there, but if I had to guess, I assume it was at least discussed, considering how late in the year this deal came about.

This seems like a temporary fix to me.  It’s worth noting that Barclays Center has a close working relationship with WFAN, who broadcasts the Nets and other Barclays Center events. Maybe this is just a patch until the Devils deal expires? The Isles couldn’t simply stay on Hofstra, especially if Yormark wants to reach out to his new Brooklyn audience. By building this network of three stations, it reads like a test-drive to see what kind of numbers they get from different audiences. From there, Yormark can shop around later and see if he can land a major radio home.


Islanders cut active roster to 24 players

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The Islanders are cutting down their roster some more.

Kirill Petrov, Scott Mayfield, Kevin Czuczman and Adam Pelech are all being sent down to AHL Bridgeport, while Mathew Barzal is being sent down to the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (Staple, Oct. 4).

The Islanders roster is now down to 24 players with the opening night roster having to be set by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Mayfield, Czuczman and Pelech were recalled by the Islanders on Sunday morning to play in New York’s final preseason game against the Washington Capitals.

Petrov has been with the Islanders since training camp opened in September.

It is unclear what Eric Boulton’s status with the team is. He has been in camp on a tryout deal.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Petrov has been a pleasant surprise for the Islander through camp. Despite his lack of experience playing the North American style of hockey, he has adjusted well to it since he arrived in the United States. He is a big body that has been useful in front of the net during the preseason. While he has been good, Petrov will benefit from going down to the AHL and developing his game a bit more, as well as adjusting to life in North America.

Petrov has always been a long shot to make the opening night roster because of the depth the Islanders have at the forward position. When Steve Bernier was signed at the start of camp, it was another sign Petrov would have an uphill battle to make the opening night roster.


Practice: Halak’s status remains a mystery as season opener approaches

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

SYOSSET, N.Y. — The Islanders are six days away from their season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks and the status of starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak remains murky.

Halak did not skate with his teammates during practice at the Islanders’ practice facility on Long Island, but he was in the building. Head coach Jack Capuano did not give any indication on whether or not the Isles’ starter will be in net on Friday.


Capuano even echoed the same phrase of “I don’t know” as he did on Thursday after practice about Halak’s status for the season opener.

“All you can do with Jaro is wait and see what happens,” he said. “[He can] continue to get some treatments and see how he comes along.”

Thomas Greiss will start the Islanders’ final preseason game against the Washington Capitals on Sunday. Halak will travel with the team to Washington D.C. and practice with the club in Annapolis, Maryland, on Tuesday, Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports.

It would appear, for the time being, there is a chance that Halak may not play in the season opener. However, even with that in mind, the Islanders are not preparing any differently than when the Islanders’ All-Star is in the net.

“If it’s your starter or backup or third stringer it doesn’t mean you should change your game,” Calvin de Haan said. “Those guys are going to stop pucks for us as well and we’re going to clear rebounds.”

On the offensive side, the Islanders goal remains the same regardless of who is in net.

“Jaro is a big part of the team, but at the same time you have to score more goals than the other team,” Brock Nelson said. “You want to go out there and get as many as you can and thats what every forward in here would like to do, and hope to do. I don’t think we change any approach offensively. I know Jaro was key for us last year and obviously we’re hoping for more of the same. If not more from him and we’re going to need to lean on him at key times of the season.” To read more of this story, click here


The Brooklyn experience has created a false dichotomy for Isles fans

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This week, Islanders country went nuts about a sound. Barclays Center unveiled their new MTA-inspired goal horn on Monday night, and it wasn’t well received. The fan outrage triggered online petitions, which culminated in Brett Yormark appearing on the Michael Kay Show on Friday to tell the world the new horn will be scrapped, and the team will retain the horn from the Coliseum.

But, I’m troubled. Not by the events of the week, but by the discourse in Islanders country. It seems that that fans have taken two sides. On one hand, there are those who resist anything Brooklyn management wants to do. The other, those who tell those fans there are more important things to worry about. “Who cares what it sounds like,” the refrain goes. “As long as they win.”

I’m here to tell you that no one is completely right and everyone is a little bit wrong.

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