Well, when it rains it really pours – or so they say anyway.
The Islanders announced some more unsettling news today regarding Kyle Okposo, and it’s not good. It seems Okposo will miss an unknown amount of time with a shoulder injury that requires surgery and will be out indefinitely. You can read some more on Katie Strang’s Blog.
This is now two impact players down and out with major shoulder injuries in the span of four days. Okposo had been injured last week during training camp and has been held out as a precaution. He was re-evaluated today and the findings were apparently not very good. Hopefully the rash of shoulder injuries ends here. I had shoulder surgery on my right shoulder and may actually need the same surgery on my left because of hockey, so I know it’s no fun trying to function, let alone play hockey with a bum wing.
Hopefully Kyle will be back as quick as possible, but in any event – this opens up a forward spot for someone looking to make an impact out of training camp.
In other news today, the Islanders have signed defenseman Mike Mottau to a two year contract.
Per the Islanders Website:
The New York Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms on a two year contract with defenseman Mike Mottau.
Mottau, 32, spent the last three seasons with the New Jersey Devils. Last season, the Quincy, MA, native scored a career high 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) and a +4 plus-minus rating in 79 games with New Jersey.
“Mike is a solid puck-moving defenseman who will bring more experience to our blueline,” said General Manager Garth Snow.
Mottau, a 6-0, 197 lbs. left-handed shooting defenseman, was drafted by the New York Rangers in the seventh round, 182nd overall, of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. After a four-year collegiate career at Boston College, he turned professional in the 2000-01 season, playing in his first 18 NHL games with the Rangers. In 258 career NHL games with the Rangers, Calgary Flames and Devils, Mottau has seven goals and 46 assists for 53 points with a +10 plus-minus rating and 137 penalty minutes. Mottau has also skated in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with New Jersey, in which he’s recorded four points (two goals, two assists).
Islanders fans may remember Mottau, not just as a New Jersey Devil defenseman – but also as the d-man suspended two seasons ago for a vicious elbow on Frans Nilesen that made Nielsen miss significant time with a knee injury. Let;s hope those two put that behind them….
Obviously the addition of Mottau is a stop gap measure for the loss of Mark Streit – I wonder how Mottau and Wisniewski would look together on the blueline.
The Islanders have added one more name into the mix of players coming into the remainder of training camp for a tryout – Jed Ortmeyer. Ortmeyer, a former New York Rangers forward joins fellow former Ranger P.A. Parenteau, so at least he should have someone he is familiar with at training camp.
Per the Islanders website:
The New York Islanders announced today that Jed Ortmeyer has accepted an invitation to Training Camp on a Professional Tryout (PTO).
Ortmeyer posted NHL career-highs in goals (eight), assists (11) and points (19) in 76 games with the San Jose Sharks last year. The Omaha, NE, native has skated in 306 NHL games with the New York Rangers, Nashville Predators and Sharks. Ortmeyer, a 6-0, 190 lbs. forward, turned pro with the Rangers in 2003-04 after a four-year collegiate career at the University of Michigan
Ortmeyer will be skating alongside a few other players who also accepted tryouts with the Islanders yesterday.
This is just another indication, and proof that GM Garth Snow is constantly looking for options and always has lines in the water. These PTO’s are great because there really isn’t any risk involved. Should a player brought in work out, great – they can be offered a contract and spot on the roster. If they do not work out, no harm no foul – better luck elsewhere.
The Islanders have just announced that they have invited five players to the remainder of training camp on a try-out basis.
Dean McAmmond, Manny Legace, Anders Eriksson, Krys Kolanos and Joel Martin have all accepted invitations to Training Camp on Professional Tryouts (PTO’s).
This is a tough, tough loss for the Islanders – who were going to be riding a solid defensive pairing on the power play in Streit and newly acquired James Wisniewski.
According to Newsday’s Strang, the Islanders will be looking to bring in someone on a tryout basis the remainder of camp – but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of roster move here to bring in extra help on the back end.
So, I’m not sure if you know this – but hockey was back today at Nassau Coliseum.
It wasn’t quite what the Orange vs Blue scrimmage was earlier this summer – I think the Islanders learned what worked and what didn’t since then, like having the players wear their full jerseys, WITH numbers (a godsend for us media types located high above the ice….).
In all seriousness though, I felt they did a great job putting the scrimmage together. This time around, it wasn’t just prospects and camp invitees dazzling the crowd of 1500 with nifty passes and toe drags, instead it featured many of the players we will see on a daily basis during the upcoming season, which was a nice taste for a September afternoon. Those missing were those a bit banged up, Captain Doug Weight (shoulder), Kyle Okposo (shoulder), Rob Figren (foot), and Franz Nielsen was also absent and seen walking around the halls during the post game scrums.
The energy was high this afternoon and it was evident from the opening faceoff that the players missed catering to their fans and playing the sport they love.
From the puck drop on, I noted to those around me how strange it was heading Rick DiPietro quaterbacking the players from the goal mouth – I couldn’t honestly remember the last time he was in as good of a mood or as vocal. Not even when I went up to Bridgeport to see DP in his return to action was he as comfortable or vocal (and we know why now…). Continue Reading »
Here’s a panoramic shot of the opening ceremony of today’s Islanders scrimmage at the Coliseum!
Here is a much better panoramic – for those wondering I used Autostitch on the iPhone
This has been something I have wanted to do for quite some time but never really got around to doing – start a Facebook fan page!
With the success of Twitter, I want to capitalize on the fans I may not reach on Facebook as well. That’s why, starting today – you can find a link to my Facebook Islesblogger fan page at the top left of the sidebar under the Feeds box (along with my Twitter account which is also a new addition). What’s more, I have added the popular Facebook Like button that can be found just about everywhere these days.