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According to several sources*, defenseman Freddy Meyer was claimed by the Phoenix Coyotes today.

Updated 5:06 P.M. Tuesday

The Berard signing is now officially, official per the Islanders Website.

It is a one year deal, and terms were not disclosed (Logan says its around $725k in his BLOG). I think this is the a great signing, because Berard had shown all through camp that he still has a bit of game left. I look forward to seeing a true power-play quarterback on the point.

Updated 6:53 A.M. Tuesday

Berard is now listed as part of the Isles roster on NHL.COM.

*Sources:
http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/blog/

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=10027

And with this news, it is almost a certainty that defenseman Bryan Berard is now an Islander. Berard has played great during the preseason and will certainly be a boost to the Islanders powerplay.

In other news, we learned during the press conference today that ex-Islander [url=Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia]Jason Blake[/url] has been diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, and despite ongoing treatment will not miss any time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Islesblogger just wants to wish the Blake family all the best in his recovery from this disease – especially being cancer awareness month. I am no stranger to the effects of cancer, having lost my mother in 2003. Jason, I wish you all the best – it matters not that are you no longer part of the Islanders.

To slow things down a bit, I just wanted to say that the blog box as a whole has already begun to adapt to the whole media atmosphere. We interviewed Daryl Bootland and Ted Nolan which was a big difference over Saturday’s game – so look for this update soon.

More after the Yankees attempt to force game 5.