For New York Islanders fans wondering what hockey will look like at the team’s future home in Brooklyn, you’re only two days from getting a guided tour (through the media).
From a club press release:
The New York Islanders will take the Long Island Rail Road to Brooklyn where they will hold training camp sessions at their future home, Barclays Center, on Thursday, September 12. Media are invited to ride with the team on the train departing at 8:51 a.m. from Garden City. The train will arrive at Atlantic Terminal at 9:35 a.m.
The Islanders players and coaching staff will pose for a group photo with Barclays Center Majority Owner and Developer Bruce Ratner and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark on the Daily News Plaza in front of Barclays Center at 9:40 a.m., before preparing for the team’s first-ever practice on the arena ice.
Immediately following the photo-op, media are invited for a tour with Ratner and Yormark of the arena hockey set-up at 9:45 a.m.
There are two on ice sessions scheduled for the day.
The Isles will also host the New Jersey Devils on Sept. 21 in a preseason game at Barclays Center — an event that’s being heralded as the first-ever NHL game in Brooklyn.*
Barclays Center — built specifically for basketball, not hockey — will apparently have a horseshoe seating configuration. (See more at IslandersPointBlank.)
*The old Brooklyn Americans played in Manhattan at Madison Square Garden. For more on that, click here.
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On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.
Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.
The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.
There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.
Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.
As was the case last season, Scott Gomez accepted a professional tryout offer because he went unsigned over the summer and once again he has used that opportunity to extend his career.
The St. Louis Blues announced that they have signed Gomez to a one-year contract. They didn’t disclose the financial terms, but it’s a two-way deal that comes with a base salary of $575K at the NHL level, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.
In order to free up the space necessary to sign him, St. Louis moved Patrik Berglund to the long-term injured reserve list. Berglund had shoulder surgery in August and isn’t expected to be available until January.
Gomez, 35, is coming off of a resurgence campaign where he recorded 34 points in 58 games on a Devils’ team that finished near the bottom of the pack offensively. The two-time Stanley Cup champion will be bringing more than a 1,000 games worth of NHL experience to St. Louis.
He’s not the only veteran forward to make the team off of a PTO as the Blues signed Scottie Upshall on Monday.