Islanders trim roster

by Bill Bennett
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Three players were released, including pro tryout defensemen Ryan Bast and Lee Sorochan.

C Adam Edinger from Bowling Green was also released, which was a bit of a surprise.

Prospects C Justin Mapletoft (Red Deer-WHL) and D Adam Johnson (Tri-Cities-WHL), who both have a year of junior-eligibility remaining,
were returned to their junior teams.

Fifth round selection Dimitri Upper was returned to Russia.

Players who were farmed out to the minor leagues included: RW Petr Mika (Lowell- AHL), RW Trent Hunter (Springfield-AHL) and D Dan Trebil (Chicago-IHL).

The surprise move today was that Dmitri Nabokov was given permission to seek other opportunities
with the Islanders retaining his rights.

Nabokov was acquired from Chicago in an exchange for 1996 third overall selection Jean Pierre Dumont and from the early stages of this trade the fans were wondering if this player, who had the skills, also has the desire ?

Islanders ninth overall selection Mike Rupp re-entered the draft and was selected by New Jersey.

Filip Novak: Biggest Surprise in Camp

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Glen Sather selected Filip Novak in the 2nd Round of the 2000 Entry
Draft, the Rangers first selection of the day and also Sather’s first draft
pick with the Rangers. When drafted, the scouts said Novak was an offensively
gifted defenseman who can rush the puck up the ice. They also said he wasn’t
very good defensively, and his size (6’0 174) would hold him back a bit.
However, they felt confident enough in selecting the Czech native, and what a
selection it has turned out to be.

At 18 years old, all indications said Novak would not be with the team
when they left training camp in Burlington, Vermont to New York to start the
exhibition games, but Novak has played so well in camp that Rangers’ Head
Coach Ron Low said it’s “Scary”, referring to how well Novak looked in the
scrimmages and practices. Novak’s chances of making the team are still slim,
as other defensemen such as Tomas Kloucek and Dale Purinton have played great
as well, but he will be given every chance to make the team. All 3 defenseman
could make the team, but that would mean the Rangers would have to trade away
a couple of their defenders to make room. It’s more likely only 2 of
Purinton, Novak and Kloucek will make the team.

Filip didn’t play in the Rangers 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in
their first exhibition game yesterday, but he should play this Tuesday when
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Vancouver 2 – DIF 1

by pbadmin
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This game was absolutely NHL class. Djurgarden scored the first goal and put
up a strong defense without loosing their famous offensive game. The
referees stopped the play too often.

Last season Djurgarden let in the fewest goals and scored the most in the
Elitserien season and won the playoff finals against Modo (my favorite team),
then they lost a couple of players (Espen Knutsen C -Columbus, Tommy
Soderstrom G, retires) but hav gained some new ones.

In the first period Djurgarden showed much better skating and better passing
and a good powerplay. Vancouver was more physical. In the second period
Vancouver showed that they have better endurance and can hold better in a 60
min game. They had many powerplays and were close to scoring a goal several times.
This turned in the third period where DIF often got the man advantage and
had several scoring chances. Vancouver skated much better in the final parts of
the game, although the shot stats are favoring DIF.

Felix Potvin had a good game.
Both Sedin brothers got hit several times that resulted in powerplays for
Vancouver. This didn’t affect their game in the least as they still played the same
not allowing themselves to becoming careful and hesitant. They don’t tackle too much but they won’t be beaten by hard
play.

Stats Van - DIF:

1st period
0-1 14.10 F Bouchard (N Kronwall) Five on three
Shots 6-12
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Sens News and Notes for the Week of September 18th

by Nathan Estabrooks
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Cuts

Notables relieved from camp include Julian Vauclair, Alexandre Giroux, Jason Maleyko, Layne Ulmer and Antoine Vermette. Vauclair was sent back to Europe while the others will most likely be playing in the CHL this year. Giroux has a shot with Grand Rapids.

Injuries

John Gruden suffered a bruised tailbone but is expected to continue training camp. John has been fingered as a possibility on this years blue line. In last year’s camp Gruden was also injured. Chris Phillips suffered a minor groin pull and most likely will wait out the exhibition games.

Surprises

After looking timid in the rookie camp Martin Havlat has bloomed into a budding star. This weekend against the Oilers Havlat had a spin-a-rama and a goal scorer’s missile. At this point Havlat will make the regular season roster and depending on how he performs in the first 10 games has an outside chance to stay with the big team. You should expect Havlat to be playing somewhere in the CHL this season.

In the first exhibition game of the season Chris Neil found himself on line with Alexi Yashin and dropped the gloves with Florida heavyweight Paul Laus. The former Centennial has turned more then a few heads in camp. For a team looking to add toughness Neil is just sort of player needed. Probably a mid-season call up with an outside chance of catching on. Next year is his year
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DiPietro On Shelf as Islanders Preseason Begins with Losses.

by Bill Bennett
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Isles GM Mike Milbury regardless of the injury is standing behind his comments through most of the summer: “It’s a tough break for the kid, but it
doesn’t eliminate his chances of making the team. He’ll still get a look from us. If it happens for Rick right away, it happens. We all think it’s
going to happen sooner or later, but there is no urgency. It would be fun and it’s exciting. He’s a first overall pick. But if the timing isn’t
right, it’s not right.”

If Rick DiPietro is ready to play the only realistic chances he will get are against the Rangers or New Jersey in the final two preseason games in early October.

DiPietro will be sent to the IHL if he does not make the team.

The Islanders began the preseason Thursday and Friday against Philadelphia.

Both games were typical early preseason with lots of penalties called so the NHL can send the politically correct message that it never follows up on once November rolls around. The Islanders lost both games by scores of 4-2 in Trenton, and 2-1 in Philadelphia.

A few notable items that fans should like from the first two games:

Oleg Kvasha: Has been impressive. Got big minutes for an early preseason game on Thursday, and
deflected in the Isles only goal on Friday before a spearing penalty ended his night. Looked lost playing the point on the power play.

Mark Parrish: Had lots of chances and played well in Trenton.

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