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The Islanders picked up the Hulk Joe Finley off waivers from Buffalo today, seriously increasing the size of the defense. Finley sounds like a stay at home, rough 'em up kind of d-man something that is new and rarley seen in Islander Country (hey, we haven't seen Carkner in a game yet). So that's the good news. The bad news is he's a former first rounder who has kicked around in the AHL and ECHL for around five years. He's something of a 6th or 7th defender on this team right now.

Finley will be on this team for the right now, too. The hometown paper of the Rochester Americans, where Finley was playing, seems to think that he'll have to be on the Islanders roster for at least 30 days.

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]Assuming this particular clause of the waiver rule did not change in the new CBA, I believe the Sabres still would have the first right to claim Finley back if the Islanders try to send him to Bridgeport of the AHL in the next 30 days. Finley?s arrival gives the Islanders nine defensemen in training camp.[/sny-box]

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SYOSSET, NY -- Paired with Ty Wishart at Sound Tigers training camp, Calvin de Haan is healthy and ready to play hockey. Now 21 and a half, de Haan is looking to put his shoulder troubles behind him. He had surgery in 2010 to correct a shoulder injury and missed a month in early 2012 with a second injury that didn't require surgery.

"[The shoulder] feels good," de Haan said at Iceworks on Monday. "I think last time might have been a little bit of a fluke. It feels strong and I'm ready to go."

One of the other questions about de Haan has also been his size and whether he's ready for the NHL level in that respect. He's up six pounds from last year to 195lb and as he likes to say, is always working on getting 'faster and stronger.'

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