Islanders Make Decisions on DiPietro, Torres and Trim Roster to 23

By Bill Bennett
The pre-season schedule is only six games, with two of them before the veterans were ready to play, and the rest scheduled so far apart that it would not allow the team to play under game conditions on a regular basis.

Two very early pre-season games against Philadelphia, and two very late games against the Rangers and New Jersey, many decisions had to be made based on the practices.

It clearly cost Rick DiPietro an opportunity to get in a game this week because John Vanbiesbrouck (three starts) and Wade Flaherty (one start) need to play the final two games just to stay sharp and DiPietro did let his feelings be known about being sent down without a chance to play in one game, and in a half-joking comment told Mike Milbury the team has not won a pre-season game yet (0-3-1).

For Islander fans the good news is that DiPietro has recovered from his injury with no setbacks.

DiPietro was assigned to the Chicago Wolves (IHL), where he will share the duties with veteran Wendell Young. This is a veteran team that won the Turner Cup last season and should be able to protect Di Pietro and give him the experience of playing against many former NHL veterans.

Lowell was not a consideration for DiPietro with the Kings two goaltending prospects in place.

Springfield (AHL) is not a primary Islanders affiliate. Trenton (ECHL) is where Steve Valiquette will be starting.

Note-Kings/Lowell Prospect Goaltender Travis Scott is available in the NHL waiver draft on Friday, if the team decided to take Scott and install DiPietro as the starter in Lowell.

Raffi Torres did get a chance with the team and showed he has the ability to play at this level and will be back in the future.

The team is playing Taylor Pyatt on the first two lines daily at practices, its his job to lose and the team will give him the two exhibition games and perhaps the first ten regular season games before a final decision is made. Based on the practices he is improving more every day and has been praised by the coaching staff.

Jeff Toms was assigned to Springfield (AHL).



Other Isles News:

Aris Brimanis and Evgeny Korolev are paired together daily at practice as the team decides who will be the seventh defenseman.

Robert Petrovicky is playing well and may make the team as an extra forward.

Stay Tuned…..

The Islanders did submit their protected list to the league on Tuesday for Friday’s waiver draft and there were some surprises.

Here are the players the Isles did not protect:

LW Dmitri Nabokov
C Jesse Belanger
RW Mark Lawrence
D Anders Myrvold
D Ray Schultz
D Dan Trebil

Myrvold and Schultz are a surprise when you consider the defenseman listed on the teams protected list (see below). Nabakov should be held until the Islanders can make a deal with Edmonton for fellow underachiever Alexander Volchkov, who many fans wanted taken with the third selection in the 1996 draft.

The Islanders notable protected list is as follows:

D Aris Brimanis
LW Robert Petrovicky
D Dick Tarnstrom
LW Jeff Toms
RW Steve Webb

Tarnstrom was the 11th round pick in that years draft, this is the same round the Rangers selected defenseman Kim Johnson.

Name: Dick Tarnstrom
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0
Weight: 186 lbs
Birthdate: January 20, 1975
Acquired: Round 11 #272 overall 1994 NHL Entry Draft


Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM

1999-00 AIK Solna SEL 42 7 15 22 20
1998-99 AIK Solna SEL 47 9 14 23 36
1997-98 AIK Solna SEL 45 2 12 14 30
1996-97 AIK Solna SEL 49 5 3 8 38
AIK Solna* SEL 7 0 1 1 6
1995-96 AIK Solna SEL 40 0 5 5 32
1994-95 AIK Solna SEL 37 8 4 12 26
1993-94 AIK Solna SEL 33 1 4 5 n/a

* = playoffs

Ex Islanders available in the waiver draft:

Mike Watt
Barry Richter
Rich Pilon
Derek Armstrong
Derek King
Sean Haggerty