New York Islanders

Jay Pandolfo: Does He Have a Chance to Make the New York Islanders?

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 13:  Jay Pandolfo #20  of the New Jersey Devils is knocked off his feet on this check by Freddy Meyer #44 of the New York Islanders in the third period of an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 13, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. Islanders won 4-2.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Chris LeydenCorrespondent IISeptember 5, 2011

While the NHL is in a bit of a quiet zone right now before the camps and preseason kick in, not all has been quiet for the New York Islanders as Jay Pandolfo has agreed to attend camp on a tryout basis.

For those of you who don't remember Pandolfo, he was a staple on the Devils for 14 years and was on the team when they won the Stanley Cup in both 2000 and 2003.

Pandolfo was out of the league last year and played 12 games with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

It is never a bad thing for a seasoned NHL vet to come into camp, as multiple outcomes could happen.

Pandolfo could join the team as a player, or if he is struggling in camp, he could even maybe join in more of a Doug Weight-like way.

At the least, the Islanders are welcoming a player to fight for a spot who not only has 131 playoff appearances, but has also been very successful in those appearances (33 points).

If Pandolfo were to make the team he would likely take the spot of either Michael Haley or Brian Rolston. He could also replace P.A. Parenteau if the Islanders want to give him another season in the minors.

In my personal opinion I doubt the Islanders are going to end up keeping Pandolfo, but at least they are bringing him in and giving him a try-out. Another smart move by Islanders management, a move that brings in the potential for success with no risk at all.

As always feel free to comment below. Do you think Pandolfo will make the roster?

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