Islanders send Sound Tigers some help
SHELTON Bruno Gervais defenseman, television star returned
Friday morning to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Justin Papineau was
right behind him.
The New York Islanders assigned both players to Bridgeport, getting
themselves down to the 23-man limit and giving the Sound Tigers two
potentially high-end players. "It's tough, but there's a lot of
positive things they told me," Gervais said. "It's a long year. You
never know what can happen."
Gervais and Papineau were scheduled to be in the lineup tonight at 7
when the Sound Tigers meet Albany in a preseason game. Gervais slots
right into the top defense pair, while Papineau will be the top-line
Papineau was second on the team last year with 18 goals, adding 15
assists, despite losing 20 games to a shoulder injury. Gervais was
right behind him in team scoring with 30 points. With the cuts, it
appears second-year-pro defenseman Chris Campoli, an AHL all-rookie
team member last year, and former Sound Tiger Tomi Pettinen made the
Islanders' opening-night roster on defense. Up front, Sean Bergenheim
and rookie first-round picks Robert Nilsson and Petteri Nokelainen
also stuck with the big club. Gervais, along with teammate Wade
Dubielewicz and Bergenheim, made a brief appearance on the Thursday-
night NBC game show "The Apprentice," skating with contestants.
"It was short, but it's OK. I'm starting my acting career," Gervais
joked. "They called me back to make some love scenes."
He arrived at The Rinks at Shelton just after the Sound Tigers
finished practice Friday, and he arrived with Travis Brigley, who has
been out with a back injury that could require surgery. Brigley will
see a specialist Monday a Friday appointment was cancelled on him
to sort out what's wrong. "It's been around awhile," said Brigley,
last seen in North America two years ago with Colorado and
Hershey. "I've got to get it fixed. I'll see what they have to say."
Center Wyatt Smith will sit out the weekend to give a hairline
fracture in his foot time to heal, Baseggio said. He did not skate
"It's nothing that will get worse," Baseggio said, "but it's
bothering him a little bit. We'll shut him down for two or three days
and see if it helps."
Meanwhile, it's a little more time for the kids to show off. Many
young players will stay in the lineup for Bridgeport's second
exhibition game, trying to make an impression and stick around once
the season starts Wednesday.
For players such as Gervais and Papineau, it's the first night of
their road back to the NHL.
"It's all about working your (butt) off," Gervais said. "(The
Islanders) don't want to keep me to be in and out of the lineup," he
added. No. 1 goalie Dubielewicz is expected to play the whole game
tonight, with Chris Madden backing up.
Albany River Rats at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
WHAT AHL exhibition game
WHERE The Rinks at Shelton
WHEN Tonight, 7