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When the Stanley Cup Playoffs are all said and done, the New York Islanders might leave the Toronto bubble with a second set of skills to fall back on.

In an effort to kill some of the downtime that they’ll have, several Islanders have brought guitars into the bubble. The talent level among those who have brought instruments varies, according to Johnny Boychuk.

“Some of them are pretty good and some of them are just learning,” Boychuk said. “It’s good to have in your room. We have a lot of time on our hands. Just to practice is not a bad thing. Keeps your sanity a little bit.”

I wonder if the guy lucky enough to room with one of these guitar heroes feels the same way?

Monday was the Islanders’ first full day in Toronto since arriving on Sunday and inched closer to Wednesday’s exhibition matchup with the New York Rangers. Both Semyon Varlamov and Thomas Greiss will get playing time on Wednesday, head coach Barry Trotz revealed on Monday.

Who will start Game 1 for the Islanders is still a major question, but there are a few other questions as well that I examined as they prepare for their best-of-five series against the Florida Panthers.

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The Florida Panthers also arrived in the bubble on Sunday and had their first practice in Toronto on Monday. Florida was feeling confident in the safety procedure put in place by the NHL. (Florida Hockey Now)

Sidney Crosby was on the ice with the Pittsburg Penguins for their first practice in the quarantine bubble, but it’s unclear if he’ll play in Tuesday’s exhibition contest. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Adrian Dater takes a peek at how the Colorado Avalanche is living inside the Edmonton bubble. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The Boston Bruins got one guy back were missing someone else. David Pastrnak returned to the ice, but Zdeno Chara couldn’t practice with the team as he waited for COVID-19 test results. (Boston Hockey Now)

Dylan Gambrell sits down to discuss the 2019-20 season and what he can do to continue his development. (San Jose Hockey Now)

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Christian’s Daily Links: Let the Offseason Begin

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It took nearly a full calendar year for Stanley Cup Champion to be crowned for the 2019-20 season. The Tampa Bay Lightning closed out the Cup Final on Monday night with a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars to secure the franchise’s second Stanley Cup.

The Tampa Bay victory will bring some Islanders fans some comfort over New York’s Eastern Conference finals loss.

With a champion crowned, that means the offseason is officially upon us. The Islanders offseason began a little over a week ago, but now things will kick into high gear. The Islanders have plenty of items to deal with during the offseason from RFAs and UFAs to sign to handling their current cap situation.

On the latest episode of Hockey Night in New York, my co-host Sean Cuthbert and I dissected what the New York Islanders offseason will entail.

New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is scheduled to address the media this afternoon for the first time since their season came to an end earlier this month. Stay tuned for complete coverage of that.

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While the Islanders figure out what the 2020-21 team will look like, our friends over at Pittsburgh Hockey Now explore what the Pittsburgh Penguins lines could look like whenever next season starts. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Patrik Laine is an intriguing option for just about every team in the NHL, but how much does it make sense for certain teams? Sheng Peng examines that question for the San Jose Sharks. (San Jose Hockey Now)

We have a trade to announce! The Chicago Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights made a trade on Monday. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Around the Island

Is there some light at the end of the tunnel in ending New York’s championship drought? (NY Post)

Radar, the guide dog which the New York Islanders helped groom, has been helping a young swimmer from New York as she trains for the 2021 Paralympics in Tokyo. (ITK)

Is there a market for a defenseman like Thomas Hickey? (Eyes on Isles)

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Christian’s Daily Links: Remembering the Islanders Breaking Ground on Their New Home

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Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the New York Islanders breaking ground on their new home at Belmont Park. To say that day was a momentous occasion would be an understatement considering everything the franchise had been through in its quest for a new home.

And considering how the season ended this year, looking back at it you could almost call it an omen for what would be the most significant season the Islanders have had in 27 years.

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“Our fans have been wandering for a while,” Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky said a year ago at the groundbreaking ceremony. “They haven’t had the right type of facility and to have this world-class, state of the art, third-generation arena to call home is something they’re worthy of. We’re so happy as stewards of the franchise that we can deliver that to them.”

Since that day the New York Islanders went on a historic run that included a 17-game point streak early in the season and their first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals since 1993.

Really, it all started that September afternoon just hours before the Islanders were scheduled to face the Detroit Red Wings in a preseason game at Nassau Coliseum. Since then construction has proceeded at a rapid pace, even with a pause during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year.

The building is still expected to open in time for the 2021-22 season and jaunt down the Cross Island Parkway is a reminder of just how much progress has been made on the New York Islanders future home.

“Today will go down as one of the great days in the history of the New York Islanders,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “This is the day that assures everybody that has anything to do with the Islanders, who cares anything about the Islanders, who is passionate about the Islanders — as Islander fans are — this is the future of this franchise right here on Long Island.”

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We may have a trade, we may not. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers are in a holding pattern over a trade that would send Patric Hornqvist to Florida and Mike Matheson to Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Should Brian Boyle remain a member of the Florida Panthers or should they let the pending UFA walk? George Richards takes an in-depth look to try and find the answer. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Colorado Avalanche are having the same discussions as everyone else about who should stay and go when it comes to UFAs. Which category does Matt Nieto fit into? (Colorado Hockey Now)

Kevin Miller’s agent wanted everyone to know that his client was “ready to go” following knee surgery. (Boston Hockey Now)

Doug Wilson says the San Jose Sharks have the green light to spend to the cap from ownership. San Jose has roughly $14 million in cap space to fill this upcoming year. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Is Ottawa in play for a potential trade destination for Marc-Andrea Fleury? (Vegas Hockey Now)

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Christian’s Daily Links: The Islanders-Capitals Series Goes on

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The brooms will be put back in the closet.

The New York Islanders failed to come away with the Game 4 victory and the First Round sweep of the Washington Capitals. The Islanders let a two-goal lead slip away on Tuesday night and fell 3-2.

The Islanders also lost Cal Clutterbuck in the loss. He left the game after the second period.

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The Boston Bruins could see David Pastrnak in the lineup for Game 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes. (Boston Hockey Now)

Nazem Kadri is trying to move past his playoff reputation during the Colorado Avalanche’s postseason run. (Colorado Hockey now)

What is Jared McCann worth? Dan Kingerski takes a look. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Dale Hawerchuk passed away on Tuesday. Jim Kyte remembers Hawerchuk. (San Jose Hockey Now)

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The Islanders need to get back to their style of play. (Newsday)

More on Cal Clutterbuck exiting Game 4 early. (NY Post)

Jean-Gabriel Pageau has had a knack for big game moments. (The Athletic)

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