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Brock Nelson OK Following Dangerous hit in Game 2

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Brock Nelson said he was feeling good after Wednesday’s Game 2 loss to the Tamp Bay Lightning. The Islanders forward had been the recipient of a dangerous hit from Alex Killorn in the first period and then continued to take a beating after he returned to. the game later on.

Nelson was in the Islanders zone and had gotten rid of the. puck when Killhorn caught Nelson with the hard-hit from behind. Nelson went hard into the boards and he crumpled to the ice.

The 28-year-old skated off under his own power and immediately went to the Islanders’ dressing room. Killorn was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

“I went through all the protocols and doctor did a good job with the precautionary measures. Making sure everything was good. I didn’t want to rush anything. One of those days you kind of felt you were getting hit quite a bit. That’s part. of the game. Just try to fight through it and get to your game.”

Nelson returned to the Islanders bench in the middle of the second period after being checked out following Killorn’s hit. Then on his first shift back, Barclay Goodrow cross-checked Nelson in the head.

That play went unpenalized.

“Just a weird play there and I was just trying to get back into it, but you can’t expect to go out there and ease back into it,” Nelson said. “You have to know you’re good to go and just get back to playing. It is what it is.”

Islanders coach Barry Trotz agreed with the penalty that was given to Killorn for the first period hit. Trotz went as far as to call it a dangerous play when speaking with reporters.

The hit later in the game Trotz felt was a targeted one. “They knew he was hurt. They targeted him a little bit,” the Islanders bench boss said.

Trotz stopped short of criticizing the officials for other potential missed calls during Game 2.

“It’s a really tough job and I have. a total appreciation for the referees and the linesmen,” Trotz said. “There’s going to to be missed, not called. You have to play through it. It’s playoff hockey. There’s no reason. We win the faceoff we’re not even talking about it.”

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Anders Lee Looks Back While Waiting for What’s Ahead with Islanders

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While the hockey world looks forward and waits to find out when or even if the 2020-21 season will start, New York Islanders captain Anders Lee took a moment to look back and reflect.

Lee and the Islanders are now just over a month removed from their season-ending loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to Tampa Bay. It had been the deepest the Islanders had gone in the playoffs since 1993 and the run shocked much of the hockey world.

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What Could Home Games Look Like for the New York Islanders Next Season?

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There are a lot of questions about the 2020-21 NHL season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed at the draft that the league was looking at a Jan. 1 start date. Outside of that, not much is known about their plan. The NHL has said in the past that they’d like to play a full 82 game schedule, but even that remains a question.

And for owners, the question of whether fans will be allowed in the building when games do start remains a major concern. The NHL, unlike NBA or NFL, is a gate driven league and relies heavily on paying customers filling the seats at arenas.

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Free Agency: Martin, Greene Likely to Return to Islanders for Next Season

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It seems all but certain that Andy Greene is returning to the New York Islanders, and the same goes for Matt Martin.

The Islanders continue to sit in a holding pattern as they look to free up cap space via trades, but things seem to be pointing to a return for the two NHL veterans. General manager Lou Lamoriello called the return of Greene “a very strong option” during a Zoom conference call on Monday night and multiple reports indicated that the Islanders and Martin are working on a deal.

Greene’s return makes even more sense following the trade of Devon Toews to Colorado on Monday. Greene has worked with Noah Dobson, who will take Toews’ place on the blue line, in the past and proved extremely valuable during the postseason.

The soon to be 38-year-old — Greene’s birthday is on Oct. 30 — could be looking at a one-year deal from the Islanders to provide that veteran presence on the blue line. Greene had four points (two goals, two assists) in 21 playoff games with the Islanders.

Martin also had an impressive postseason of his own with five goals in 21 games, which matched his regular-season total. The fan-favorite has been a mainstay on the fourth line alongside Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas.

Martin’s deal with the Islanders, or anyone else for that matter should it get to that point, would be far less than the four-year, $10 million deal he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016. That carried a $2.5 million AAV and that is much higher than what the Islanders can afford at the moment.

Devon Toews Traded to Colorado for Second Round Picks

The decision to move Toews on Monday came out of necessity so that the Islanders could get back some pieces to sweeten any potential trades that would move some of their pricier contracts and free up some more salary cap room. The Islanders have been working with just $8.9 million in cap space.

The Islanders still need to re-sign restricted free agents Mat Barzal and Ryan Pulock and trading away the likes of Johnny Boychuk or another hefty contract would help make that task simpler.

The Fourth Period reported that the Islanders have been shopping Boychuk around. Boychuk has two years left on a deal that carries an AAV of $6 million and a list if eight teams he can be traded to. Leo Komarov is also reportedly being shopped by the Islanders.

Komarov also has two years left on his contract, which has a $3 million AAV and a seven-team no-trade list.

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