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Improves Strome hops to make Islanders roster

The Sports Xchange

--C Ryan Strome broke training camp with the Islanders last fall before he was returned to his junior team without appearing in either of the Isles' first two games. The fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft, Strome thrived with OHL Niagara, ranking third in the league with 73 assists and 106 points.

"I wanted to become more of a two-way player and become more of a leader on my team and work on my all-around game, and I think I did that," Strome told the Islanders' website. "I feel like I'm a much more well-rounded player... I just want to give myself the absolute best chance I can to make the Islanders. I want to make it hard for them to send me back, if that's what they're going to do. I've just got to come in now and play the best I can."

--The Islanders continue to consider local alternatives to Nassau County in their never-ending quest to replace Nassau Coliseum, with the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn among them.

"They have now entered our market and they are the shiny new quarter in the market," Nassau County executive Ed Mangano told Newsday on May 13. "And we are the old, dull, beat-up quarter in the market. And that's the real concern that I have."

"We're all disappointed with the way this season went. Whether you're a fan, a player or a member of the organization, we all want to make the playoffs and show the fans and ourselves what we can do. I still take a lot of positives from this year, and we can build off them and learn from the things we didn't do as well and be better next season." -- Islanders GM Garth Snow.

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