Training camp updates: Day 2

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

5:45: Group A wrapped up today’s practice at the Coliseum.

It was interesting to see veteran Kyle Okposo skating with Ryan Strome and Michael Dal Colle. Jaroslav Halak also trotted out his new mask for the upcoming year, so that was cool. One thing that was noticeable in group A, along with the rest of the players at camp, is the speed they have. Cory Conacher was a player whose speed stood out to me earlier, but as Tony Stabile of Hockey This Week pointed out most of the players are speedsters.

Travis Hamonic, who did not play where he wanted to last season, looked very focused on day two. It was easy to tell he wants to have better season this year.

Expect several stories later on today on goaltending, Travis Hamonic and a notebook round up of the first two days. To read more of this story, click here

Grabovski and Kulemin reunited again

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Uniondale, N.Y. – New Islander forward Mikhail Grabovski may have had the quote of the quote of the day following the first day of on-ice workouts.

“I really didn’t know much before, but I know they’ve won more Stanley Cups than Washington,” he said when asked if he knew much about the Islanders’ history. The comment received a collective chuckle from the fanbase, who are getting to know one of organization’s newest members.

Of course, you can’t discuss Grabovski without mentioning Nikolay Kulemin. They are, of course, a package deal.

Grabovski and Kulemin are reuniting on Long Island for the first time since the duo played together with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2008-2013. They had their best year together in 2010-2011 when Grabovski recorded 58 points (29 goals, 28 assists) and Kulemin put up 57 points (30 goals, 27 points). The Islanders are hoping that the magic can be recaptured on Long Island this season.

Kulemin and Grabovski have a few things going for them, a big thing being that they’re so familiar with one another.

“I know usually where Kuli goes,” Grabovski said. “so it’s easy for me to understand him.”

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Baumbach: More papers filed in Wang/Barroway case

Newsday reporter Jim Baumbach had updates on the lawsuit between Andrew Barroway and Charles Wang.

In the letters, provided by Wang, he claims there is no evidence that there was a completed deal (Baumbach, Sept. 19). The letter also hints that the deal was for $450 million, with Wang being paid $291 million and Barroway assuming $159 million in debt (Baumbach, Sept. 19).

Wang wants the lawsuit to take place in Nassau County, while Barroway wants it to be in Manhattan (IPB, Aug. 27).

For the full report from Baumbach’s Twitter account, see below:

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Training camp updates: Day 1

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

4:04: The last of the training camp updates for today, group C was the final assortment of players to hit the ice.

Some observations, via twitter, of how group C players looked:

And here is the line combinations, courtesy of the Islanders:

12:56: Another group hit the ice, this time group B.

It was another tough skate for the players. Capuano and the coaching staff put the players through the same routine as group A. One thing that was noticeable was the speed on Cory Conacher. Below are the line combinations from group B:

Michael Grabner-Frans Nielsen-Cory Conacher
Brock Nelson-Casey Cizikas-Josh Bailey
Brett Gallant- Lukas Sutter-CJ Stretch
Justin Courtnall-Victor Crus-Rydberg- Ross Johnston

Group C will hit the ice at 2 p.m.

Uniondale, N.Y. –The Islanders finally hit the ice for the first time of the 2014-15 campaign. It’s also the last, first skate of training camp ever at the Nassau Coliseum… Variations of that phrase will be used a lot this season.

Jack Capuano and the Islanders coaching staff put the first group (A) through a tough workout. Nikolay Kulemin called today’s practice “an intense” one. (On a side note: several people noted that Kulemin’s named was spelled differently than how it has been seen in the past. I was told by an Islanders PR person the spelling of his first name has been changed.)

The players looked good on the ice. You can already tell these guys know they’ll be fighting for spots. Below are the lines that skated for Group A, courtesy of Arthur Staple. I would not look too much into these at the moment:

  • Michael Dal-Colle-Ryan Strome-Kyle Okposos
  • Nikolay Kulemin-Mikhail Grabovski-Jack Skille
  • John Persson-Alan Quine-Colin McDonald
  • Eric-Boulton-Chris Langkow-Mike Halmo

Isles announce five tryout contracts

The Islanders announced they have come to terms with five players on professional tryout contracts.

The players:

  • Justin Courtnall
  • Colton Gillies
  • Chris Langkow
  • C.J. Stretch
  • Scooter Vaughan

Islanders announce training camp schedule

The New York Islanders announced their schedule for the team’s training camp.

The Islanders will begin their final training camp at Nassau Coliseum on Friday with the first group of players taking the ice at 9:10 a.m. The Islanders will also skate at Islanders Ice Works twice in the coming week.

Below is the full camp schedule:  To read more of this story, click here