Just got back from the morning skate at the Coliseum, Tom Liodice and I filmed an interview with Josh Bailey for Islanders TV which should be up soon. That WAS the news of the day – but I have some breaking news type stuff.
Blake Comeau has been recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Jeff Tambellini has been sent down. This is all per Mike Fornabaio of course!
Details behind Tambellini being sent down aren’t there just yet, but we have to assume it is the rumored conditioning stint that enables the club to make this move (Tambo is on a one way contract and would be subject to waivers). Blake Comeau has been on fire the past several games and is currently at a point a game (4-15-19 points in 19 games) so it’s great to see him get his “second” shot with the Islanders.
The other story today is that Nate Thompson was out on the ice and will be playing tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers. Between Thompson and Jackman, this is the element of toughness the Islanders need as they are both pests who can put the puck in the net. As always, Jon Sim will add his antagonistic element to the mix, as well as Bergenheim.
One more bit of information, Mike Comrie was skating with the team today – he looked like he was laboring a bit out there – so he is getting closer but in no way ready to return just yet. Other sightings (in street clothes) Bruno Gervais and Frans Nielsen – each of those players look “ok”.
The Islanders just announced the Tambellini-Comeau swap:
The New York Islanders have announced that left wing Jeff Tambellini has agreed to a conditioning assignment with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League and right wing Blake Comeau has been recalled from Bridgeport. Comeau will be in the Islanders’ lineup tonight when they host the Atlanta Thrashers at the Nassau Coliseum.
In 23 games with the Islanders this season, Tambellini has recorded two assists for two points. In 102 career NHL games, he has scored four goals with 15 assists for 19 points. Tambellini was acquired on March 8, 2006 from the Los Angeles Kings in a trade.
Comeau has played in 19 games for Bridgeport this season and has scored four goals with 15 assists for 19 points. This will be his third season appearing in games with the Islanders. In 54 career NHL games, all with the Islanders, Comeau has scored eight goals with seven assists for 15 points. Comeau was drafted by the Islanders in the second round (47th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.