The Islanders have signed Eric Boulton to a one-year contract.
Boulton, 39, has played with the Islanders for the last three years and his NHL career will extend into a 16th season. The 1994 ninth round pick has 31 career goals, 48 assists (79 points) 1419 PIMS in 648 games.
Halak remains out with an upper-body injury; will not play Monday.
Halak still has not joined the Islanders for practice and remains day-to-day. Halak continues to skate with the goalie coaches, but there is no timetable for his return at this point. Thomas Greiss will continue to shoulder the load while Halak is out.
Greiss allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Islanders loss to the Blackhawks on opening night. He was given Saturday night off, but will be back in goal this afternoon vs. the Jets. It is a tough matchup for Greiss as Winnipeg comes in 2-0 having outscored their opponents 9-3 so far.
Berube, 24, will make his NHL debut tonight against the Blackhawks. He was recently claimed off of waivers after spending the last three years with Manchester (AHL), the Los Angeles Kings’ minor league affiliate. Berube posted a 37-9-4 record, 2.18 GAA and .913 SV% in 52 games with Manchester last season.
Halak (upper-body) will miss the Islanders season opener.
Halak has been battling an upper-body injury since the preseason and there was some speculation that he might miss a few games and it looks like that will be the case as Thomas Greiss gets the call in tonight’s season opener. The Islanders play again tomorrow so there is a good chance Halak won’t be available for that game either.
Greiss will start the Islanders' season opener on Friday.
After going 9-6-3 with a 2.59 GAA and .908 SV% with the Penguins last season Greiss signed with the Islanders this summer and will start the season opener because Jaroslav Halak is out with an upper-body injury. Greiss has 70 career starts under his belt but his first outing with the Islanders will be a difficult one with the reigning Stanley Cup Champions in town.
Halak (upper-body) questionable for Friday’s game vs. Chicago.
Halak practiced on Thursday, but said “hopefully, I’ll be back soon,” after practice which doesn’t sound like he will be available for Friday or Saturday’s games (both vs. Chicago). If he doesn’t play over the weekend, Thomas Greiss could start back-to-back and then Halak’s next chance to return would be Monday against the Jets.
Halak (upper-body) is taking part in practice for the second straight day.
Halak has been battling an upper-body injury recently, but was able to return to practice on Wednesday and practiced again this morning. The Islanders’ season starts tomorrow but Halak’s status remains up in the air. If he can’t start, Thomas Greiss will likely face the Blackhawks. Continue to monitor his status.
The Islanders have claimed J-F Berube off of waivers from Los Angeles.
Berube, 24, was claimed by the Islanders as insurance for Jaroslav Halak, who has been battling injury during the preseason. The 24-year-old net minder had an outstanding 37-9-4 with a 2.18 GAA and .913 SV% in 52 games with Manchester (AHL) last season.
Islanders are unsure if Halak (upper-body) will be ready for the season opener.
Halak practice for the first time in over a week on Thursday, but was unable to make it all the way through the session. Head coach Jack Capuano said “we don’t know yet” when he was asked if Halak would be ready for next Friday’s season opener. Thomas Greiss would start the game against the Blackhawks should Halak not be ready.
Halak is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Halak is going to be held off of the ice for a few days but should be ready for the season opener. The Islanders open the season with a back-to-back, so he probably wasn’t going to play both games on opening weekend anyways.
Hickey is expected to miss four weeks with an upper-body injury.
Hickey will miss the first three weeks of the regular season, which means that Brian Strait will likely get into the lineup for the first 10 games of the season. Look for Hickey to return at the end of October, early-November.
The Islanders have signed Marek Zidlicky to a one-year deal worth $1.5M.
Zidlicky had seven goals and 27 assists (34 points) in 84 games between the Red Wings and Devils last season. The 38-year-old blueliner joined the Islanders in training camp on Friday and will likely bump Brian Strait from the mix for 2015-16.
Josh Ho-Sang was sent back to the OHL after showing up late to training camp.
Ho-Sang’s training camp ended before it even started. He reportedly slept in and showed up late for the first day of Islanders’ training camp on Thursday. Ho-Sang was the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft. He was considered a top-10 talent, but slipped due to reported discipline issues. He will head back for another year in Niagra, where he registered 14 goals and 48 assists (62 points) in 49 games last season.