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14 players on the Islanders roster skated informally today at IceWorks, with no coaches present. Also skating were Ryan Strome and Radek Martinek. Josh Bailey, Jesse Joensuu, and (of course) Lubomir Visnovsky were not present on the ice. Joensuu was in the building and looked fine, I'm not sure where Bailey was but there was equipment in his locker... Michael Grabner says he "didn't feel anything" from his injured ab today and seems to be ready to go... John Tavares was cut in the face, and dripped some blood onto his jersey. Not sure if it was a puck or stick that got him. He's got a cut near his mouth. Left the ice for a few minutes but returned and is fine... "You can't take anything for granted," said Rick DiPietro. "I've done everything I can throughout this lockout to be ready to go and am looking forward to it." DiPietro and Nabokov played in opposite nets during a scrimmage today...
Tags: Islanders, jesse joensuu, john tavares, josh bailey, michael grabner, News, Editorial Aside, Rick DiPietro

One of the interesting things about NHL players heading to Europe is that the European teams need to cover massive insurance costs. In some cases, it means the teams literally cannot afford players, which is why you don't see Sidney Crosby crossing the Atlantic due to the massive $400,000 price tag of insurance that is separate from any wages he's paid (and yes, concussions are a concern for Sid too). But in many cases, teams that aren't used to paying NHL style wages have a second financial issue when it comes to finding the money to pay the insurance.

In europe, Michael Grabner is currently playing for EC Villacher SV in the top Austrian league. Yesterday the team announced another month extension to the "Live in Villach" Tour (pictured right). As the Google translated version of the article tells it*, four of the team's sponsors have footed the bill for Grabner's insurance, with two of them each picking up a third of the cost. Grabner may not be Sidney Crosby, but it still takes a pretty serious effort to finance just one month of an NHLers' EuroTrip.

More updates about players you may remember from such hockey teams as the New York Islanders after the jump.

Tags: Islanders, jesse joensuu, john tavares, michael grabner, News, Editorial Aside
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