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01-10-2013, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Chapin Landvogt View Post
As others posted, Radek Martinek looks to be at camp with the New York Islanders.

Would have to think that others will be brought in. Also, would think a guy like recent Islander and current UFA Mark Eaton might be brought back.

As things are, with Lubomir Visnovsky apparently remaining in Bratislava for the duration of this season, the Islanders currently only have Mark Streit, Travis Hamonic, Andy MacDonald and Matt Carkner as viable NHL defensemen.

Top defensive prospect Calvin de Haan is out for the season with shoulder problems.

Recent #4 overall draft pick Griffin Reinhart will be at camp as will supposedly Bridgeport defensemen Matt Donovan (17 points in 34 AHL games). Other thinkable AHL possibilities are currently only Ty Wishart who himself only has 5 points and a -2 rating in 29 AHL games this season. Aaron Ness recently suffered a head injury. In addition, two other AHL defensemen were recently injured, so the team is terribly thin at the AHL level as well.

The team is CLEARLY in need of NHL-capable defensemen and will likely bring in a player or two for camp or will see which defensemen slip through other team's camps.
I think the Islanders might have to try and sign ex Islander Chris Campoli. Best UFA available of a very weak bunch. Kurtis Foster is second best option available. Both guys will get NHL contracts from a team as soon as new CBA is signed. Otherwise look for Islanders to rush Griffin Reinhart into NHL this season.

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