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Posting (5/25/10 - 3:45 p.m.) - The New York Islanders have traded defenseman Jyri Niemi to the New York Rangers in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Niemi, a native of Hameenkyro, Finland, was drafted by the Islanders in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.  The 6’2, 192 pound defenseman has spent the last three seasons with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.  In 2009-2010, Niemi totaled eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points in 50 games. 

Posting (5/14/10 - 5:35 p.m.)
- The Islanders have agreed to terms on a three-year entry level contract with goaltender Kevin Poulin. 

Poulin is coming off his fourth and final season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Victoriaville Tigers.  He posted a 35-16-0 record this season, a 2.63 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.  In 169 games, Poulin finished with a 81-65-0 record over his career.  The Montreal, QC native joined the Sound Tigers at the end of his 2008-09 junior season and served as the back-up net-minder to Nathan Lawson and Peter Mannino in the final games of the AHL season.  Poulin was drafted by the Islanders in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (126th overall).

Posting (5/14/10 - 3:45 p.m.) -
Islanders’ defense prospect, Travis Hamonic will take the ice alongside his teammates with the Brandon Wheat Kings as they get set to take on the Ontario Hockey League Champions, the Windsor Spitfires.  Hamonic finished the season with Brandon after he was traded from the Moose Jaw Warriors.  The Islanders' second round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, tallied 11 goals and 33 assists for 44 points in a combined 44 games with both the Wheat Kings and Warriors this season. 

After a grueling two months of playoff hockey in their respective leagues, four CHL Canadian Hockey League teams will meet in Brandon, Manitoba, starting tonight and lasting through May 23 when they crown a Memorial Cup Champion.  The tournament features the Western Hockey League (WHL) champion Calgary Hitmen, OHL champion Windsor Spitfires and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) champion Moncton Wildcats, plus the host team, Hamonic’s Wheat Kings, also out of the WHL.

The Memorial Cup tournament can be viewed on the NHL Network.


Friday, May 14 – Windsor Spitfires 9 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3
Saturday, May 15 – Calgary Hitmen @ Moncton Wildcats 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 16 – Brandon Wheat Kings @ Moncton Wildcats 3 p.m.
Monday, May 17 – Calgary Hitmen @ Windsor Spitfires 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 18 – Moncton Wildcats @ Windsor Spitfires 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19 – Brandon Wheat Kings @ Calgary Hitmen 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 20 – Tiebreaker (if necessary) 8 p.m.
Friday, May 21 – Semifinal Game 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 23 – Championship Game 3 p.m.

Posting (5/11/10 - 6:10 p.m.) -
Authorized has confirmed that goaltending prospect Stefan Ridderwall has turned down the Islanders' initial offer for next season, meaning that the organization will no longer retain his rights as of the June 1 deadline.  Ridderwall has agreed to terms with Djurgarden IF Stockholm to become the team's starting goaltender next season. 

Djurgarden plays in the Swedish Elite League where current Islander prospect Robin Figren, as well as former Islanders Mariusz Czerkawski and Robert Nilsson, once played.  

Posting (5/6/10 - 10 a.m.) -
HAMBURG, Germany –
Forward Corey Perry had two goals and an assist to power Canada to a 4-1 win over Germany in an exhibition warm-up for the 2010 IIHF World Championship, which is set to begin for the Canadians on Saturday.

Linemates Steven Stamkos and Rene Bourque also scored for Canada on Tuesday, while Chris Mason earned the win in net.

“We failed on the balanced scoring department tonight,” Canadian coach Craig MacTavish said with a chuckle. “We had other opportunities. We had some great individual performances from some of our defence, but that line did all of the scoring.”

The game was tied at 1-1 after the first period, with Canada taking the lead with a goal in the second and sealing the outcome with two in the third. Perry, Stamkos and Bourque each finished with three points.  Islanders' center John Tavares assisted on Perry's first tally of the game coming on the power-play in the opening period.

“I thought we got progressively better as the game wore on,” MacTavish said. “We started a little shaky and the German team was ready for us, and played a very hard and quick game that posed some problems for us.”

He said the team is scheduled to practise on Wednesday, travel on Thursday and practise again on Friday before opening the tournament against Italy in Mannheim, Germany, on Saturday.

Canada has won the tournament 24 times, but has finished second to Russia in each of its last two attempts, with its most recent title coming in 2007. The Russian side has been bolstered with the additions of stars such as Alexander Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk.

“There are lots of reasons to be leery,” MacTavish said. “But at the same time, we've got lots of work to do before we get to the Russians – as they do. And, hopefully, we'll continue to grow and develop as a team to the point where we'll beat them.”

- Credit Hockey Canada -

Posting (5/4/10 - 7:05 p.m.) -
AMIENS, France - Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, Minn./New York Islanders/Univ. of Minnesota) netted two goals as the U.S. Men's National Team downed France, 3-1, here tonight in Team USA's lone exhibition game prior to the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship, May 7-23, in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany.

After Yorick Treille gave France a 1-0 lead at 11:01 of the first period, Okposo knotted the score with his first marker 4:52 into the middle frame. Matt Greene (Grand Ledge, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/Univ. of North Dakota) sent a pass to Nick Foligno (Buffalo, N.Y./Ottawa Senators), who fed Okposo with a cross-ice goalmouth pass for a tap-in goal past Fabrice Lhenry.

While on the power play, the U.S. grabbed a 2-1 advantage with 7:29 remaining in the second period. T.J. Oshie (Warroad, Minn./St. Louis Blues/Univ. of North Dakota) collected a Brandon Dubinsky (Anchorage, Alaska/New York Rangers) pass behind the French net and fed Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/Univ. of Michigan) at the top of the left circle, where he fired a one-timer over Lhenry's blocker.

In the third stanza, Okposo potted his second marker of the game at 7:44 to close out the scoring. Following a France turnover, Okposo skated down the right wing and sent a shot that beat Lhenry high over the glove. Foligno and Dubinsky both collected their second assists of the game on the tally.

U.S. netminders Scott Clemmensen (Des Moines, Iowa/Florida Panthers/Boston College) and Ben Bishop (Des Peres, Mo./Peoria Rivermen/Univ. of Maine) both saw action in the game, with Clemmensen stopping 11 shots over the first two periods and Bishop turning aside all six attempts he faced in the final frame.

The U.S. Men's National Team opens IIHF World Men's Championship play against host Germany on Friday (May 7) at 2:15 p.m. EDT. The game will be played at Gelsenkirchen's VELTINS-Arena, home of the German soccer league's FC Schalke, in front of an expected world record crowd of more than 76,000 spectators.

NOTES: Kyle Okposo was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Brandon Dubinsky (0-2), Nick Foligno (0-2) and Okposo (2-0) netted two points each ... The U.S. was 1-for-6 on the power play, while France was 0-for-2 on the man advantage ... For Team USA's roster, click here ... Coverage of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team can be found here ... All Team USA games, as well as additional international games, will air on Universal Sports and at Visit for the full schedule ... All teams in the 2010 IIHF World Men's Championship may begin the tournament with 20 skaters and three goaltenders, and can add two players after the first three games ... Scott Gordon, head coach of the NHL's New York Islanders, is the head coach of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team, with Todd Richards, head coach of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, Joe Sacco, head coach of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, and Ron Rolston, one of two head coaches at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, serving as assistant coaches ... The 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of Brian Burke, general manager; David Poile, associate general manager; and Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey. The U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, which also includes NHL front-office personnel Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia Flyers), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Don Waddell (Atlanta Thrashers), is charged with leading the selection of players for the U.S. Men's National Team ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.


First Period - Scoring: 1, FRA, Y. Treille (Lamperier), 11:01. Penalties: USA, Dubinsky (charging), :22; FRA, S. Treille (interference), 6:10; FRA, Lussier (tripping), 14:54; USA, Foligno (slashing), 16:54.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Okposo (Foligno, M. Greene), 4:52; 3, USA, Johnson (Oshie, Dubinsky), 12:31 (pp). Penalties: FRA, Y. Treille (holding), 11:01; FRA, Pain (interference), 17:12.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Okposo (Foligno, Dubinsky), 7:44. Penalties: FRA, T. DaCosta (slashing), 15:41; FRA, Team (too-many men), 19:55.

Power Play: USA 1-6; FRA 0-2
Penalties: USA 2-4; FRA 6-12
Officials: Referees-Frederic Bachelet, Jimmy Bergamelli; Linesmen-Pierre Dehaen, Mathieu Loos
Attendance: 3,200

- Credit USA Hockey -

Posting (5/4/10 - 7 p.m.) -
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have agreed to terms on a one-year American Hockey League contract with Mark Wotton. 

Wotton joined the Sound Tigers at the start of the 2006-07 seasons and was immediately named the team’s captain.  The Foxwarren, MAN native is the longest tenured captain in Sound Tiger history, returning next season for his fifth year.  In 2006, Wotton won the Calder Cup with the Hersey Bears. Through his first four seasons with the Sound Tigers, Wotton hit the 100-point plateau, tallying three goals and 23 assists to give him 19 goals and 81 assists to go along with his 192 penalty minutes in 297 games.

On April 10th, Wotton skated in his 1,000th career professional game against the Manchester Monarchs.

The 6’0, 200-pound defenseman has played in 43 games in the National Hockey League and scored three goals and six assists. 

Posting (5/1/10 - 1:20 p.m.) -
The New York Islanders have officially agreed to terms with rookie defense prospect Calvin de Haan on a three-year entry level contract.  de Haan was selected by the Islanders with the 12th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  That same night, his former teammate with the Oshawa Generals, John Tavares, was selected first overall by the Islanders. 

This past season, de Haan finished his second year with the Generals in the Ontario Hockey League.  He played in 34 games, scoring five goals and 19 assists for 24 points before suffering a shoulder injury that side-lined him for the remainder of the season.  The year prior, his rookie season in the OHL, de Haan tallied eight goals and 55 assists for 63 points in 68 games. 

The 18-year-old rookie who grew up in Ottawa, ON, dressed in three preseason games for the Islanders this past season and scored his first NHL goal/point against the Edmonton Oilers on September 16 in a 3-2 loss at Rexall Place. 
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