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Grabner, Carkner activated from IR by Isles

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05:05 PM ET 03.21 | The New York Islanders announced that defenseman Matt Carkner and forward Michael Grabner have been activated off injured reserve and are expected to return to the lineup on Thursday night. Carkner has missed 20 games with a groin injury and has not played since Feb. 7. He is expected to be paired with Islanders captain Mark Streit. Grabner has missed the team???s last three games since sustaining a shoulder injury. It is believed that the injury occurred during the team???s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 10. Grabner is expected to play on the third line with Marty Reasoner and Matt Martin.

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March 21, 2013  05:26 PM ET

Now perhaps the Isles can deactivate those hideous third jerseys...

March 21, 2013  05:28 PM ET
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Now perhaps the Isles can deactivate those hideous third jerseys...

I've seen better jerseys in the farmyard.

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March 21, 2013  09:09 PM ET
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I've seen better jerseys in the farmyard.

LOL

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March 22, 2013  09:20 AM ET

carkner went after brendan gallagher last night. so on top of being a terrible hockey players, he apparantly also has no self respect.

March 22, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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carkner went after brendan gallagher last night. so on top of being a terrible hockey players, he apparantly also has no self respect.

I can't stand Carkner. I was happier with the smaller Martinek in there.

The Isles won't be making much noise this year with Capuano behind the bench. He can't seem to get this team ready to play a full 60 minutes. Of all people, he called out JT and the first line before this game. I mean, I get there needs to be accountability, but calling out your star player who's having a great season made no sense to me.

March 22, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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I can't stand Carkner. I was happier with the smaller Martinek in there.The Isles won't be making much noise this year with Capuano behind the bench. He can't seem to get this team ready to play a full 60 minutes. Of all people, he called out JT and the first line before this game. I mean, I get there needs to be accountability, but calling out your star player who's having a great season made no sense to me.

Yep. The roster is top heavy, and they definitely need to bring in better quality support. Blaming the top line that is doing ALL the heavy lifting is really pathetic. Were in not for Moulson and JT the Isles would be in the basement.

As per Carkner...I think very little of a heavyweight going after a 19 year old that's listed at a VERY generous 5'8, 174. Don't get me wrong, if he paints outside the lines I have no problem with someone straightening him out...but it should be below a heavyweight to do it.

Anyways, love Gallagher, the kid got smashed in the face, he had a keelenx shoved up his nose and blood running down his face and he was still smiling! Never skipped a beat.

 
March 22, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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Yep. The roster is top heavy, and they definitely need to bring in better quality support. Blaming the top line that is doing ALL the heavy lifting is really pathetic. Were in not for Moulson and JT the Isles would be in the basement. As per Carkner...I think very little of a heavyweight going after a 19 year old that's listed at a VERY generous 5'8, 174. Don't get me wrong, if he paints outside the lines I have no problem with someone straightening him out...but it should be below a heavyweight to do it. Anyways, love Gallagher, the kid got smashed in the face, he had a keelenx shoved up his nose and blood running down his face and he was still smiling! Never skipped a beat.

Isles have a few good pieces, it's just the complimentary pieces are just awful. ie Carkner, Aucoin, etc etc etc.

I hate the coach too. He needs to go. Blowing all these third period is unacceptable and the coach not preparing the team is probably the key culprit. They also stink. So there's that.

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