Plenty of New Faces for the Farm

by Joe Muccia
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Plenty of New Faces for the Farm

The Islanders have recently signed or extended training camp invites to a number of players. In addition to looking at some of those players, I’d also like to take a quick look at Cory Stillman. Again I have to give credit to Islanders CEO Charles Wang for green-lighting Mike Milbury to increase payroll and organizational depth. It cannot be overstated how important it is for the Isles to have good depth on their farm teams. This affords them the ability to not rush youngsters into the NHL.
Having the Bridgeport SoundTigers as their primary affiliate and the Trenton Titans (shared with the Philadelphia Flyers) as their ECHL affiliate, the Isles will have two solid organizations to let their players develop. With the added responsibility of being the parent organization for a new AHL team, the Islanders and Mike Milbury have jumped right into stocking that team.
It is evident that some of the players signed or invited to camp are earmarked for the SoundTigers. In order to keep that franchise a healthy, viable and profitable organization many players are brought in to provide minor-league level experience and firepower. I am not saying that none of these players has a shot at making the Islanders team, I’m just saying that with the amount of quality talent available to the Isles, it is conceivable that many experienced players may end up on the Tigers or Titans. This isn’t a bad thing. These players can make the team very successful and everyone knows t Read more»

Long Island’s “Big Valley”: Stephen Valiquette

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Long Island’s “Big Valley”: Stephen Valiquette

Stephen Valiquette has been bounced around in the past, but this year he won’t be going anywhere but Bridgeport or Long Island.

Background

Stephen Valiquette was not always Islander property. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 8th round (190th overall) of the 1996 Entry Draft. At the time of the draft, he had been playing for Sudbury of the OHL. Over a four-year period, he posted a record of 41-52-10 with 7 shutouts until he was traded midseason (1997-1998) to Erie. With a much better Erie squad in front of him, Valiquette was able to post a 16-7-3 record with 3 shutouts in 28 games.
Not taking into account the Sudbury team that Stephen played for, the Kings were not impressed enough by the young goaltender and chose not to new his entry-level contract. Seeing the potential in the lanky netminder, Mike Milbury and the Isles stepped in and signed Stephen to a 3 year contract in 1998.
Assigned for the 1998-1999 season to Hampton Roads of the ECHL, Valiquette posted 18 wins (including 1 shutout) in 31 games there. The combination of the trading of Tommy Salo, Felix Potvin being injured and Marcel Cousineau being called to Long Island to back up Wade Flaherty, necessitated the moving of Valiquette to Lowell of the AHL. At Lowell, Stephen absorbed a loss in his only appearance for the Lock Monsters.
During the 1999-2000 season, Stephen must have felt like a yo-yo. He bo Read more»

Leafs Rookie Camp Primer

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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The Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Camp Primer

Here it is folks, the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Camp Roster and a short preview of what to expect. Keep in mind that the following list does not take into account the team physicals that each player must go through before being cleared to play.

Goaltenders:

J.F Racine, Sebastien Centomo, Jamie Hodson, Jan Chovan.

Keep an Eye On:


Jan Chovan-

As the new kid on the goaltending block he can only go up. He’s already pushed aside Paulo Colaiacovo for the starting job in Belleville so he knows what it takes to move up the ladder.

Defensemen:

Jonathon Zion, Carlo Colaiacovo, Christian Chartier, Brendan Bell, Jay Harrison, Lubos Velebny, J.P. Cote, Tomas Mojzis

Keep an Eye On:


Christian Chartier-

The WHL’s best defenseman last year, he’ll be one of the oldest players in camp. He needs to dominate from start to finish in order to put his stamp on a defense that is going to be his for the taking on The Rock.

Forwards:

Luca Cereda, Brad Boyes, Kris Vernarsky, Miguel Delisle, Jaroslav Sklenar, Nicolas Corbeil, Kyle Wellwood, Jonathon Roy, Joe Talbot, Robb Palahnuk

Keep an Eye On:


Jonathan Roy-

This former Moncton Wildcat like many forwards coming out of the Q is a bit short on size and long on missability. With other more highly touted names like Cereda, Boyes, Corbeil, and Wellwood being bandied about, one shouldn’t forget Roy, who had 2 goals and 3 Read more»

Anders Myrvold signs try out contract

by Evan Andriopoulos
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No…. journeyman Lørenskog (Oslo-North) defender Anders Myrvold last evening came to agreement on a try out contract with the New York Rangers. Myrvold a 6-1 195lber defender who has played in such outposts as Laval, AIK, Quebec-Colorado, Boston, Providence, Springfield and Nassau, L.I. and so on… has decided to check out the bright lights and big city of New York…or perhaps the less bright lights of Hartford in the American League.

Myrvold who split time with the Islanders and their AHL affiliate in Springfield had originally spurned an offer from Mike Milbury`s Islanders and then the Montreal Canadiens with hopes of landing the “big” deal in Switzerland. However that deal was pulled and Myrvold was left without a club and trained with the Vålerenga club of the Norwegian Elite League along with NHLer Espen Knutsen.

Myrvold a solid skating defender who is not afraid of making the rush or taking the body has a decent shot at making the Rangers this season, espcially after seeing who is who on their list of “prospects” and “incumbents”.

Aftenposten of Oslo reported that Myrvold turned down a guaranteed contract with the St.Louis Blues in order to have a shot with Eric Lindros and Mark Messier. Myrvold`s deal is reportedly worth about 5 million Kroners or 550k USD if he makes the club.

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