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When it comes to the New York Islander, all is quiet on the western front.

The New York Islanders remain in a holding pattern as they try to clear cap space to re-sign restricted free agents Ryan Pulock and Mathew Barzal, as well as sign some unrestricted free agents. NYI Hockey now made the case for the Islanders to take a look at UFA forward Anthony Duclair once they have navigated their cap crunch.

The case could be made that the New York Islanders already have the pieces in place within the organization that would help them improve upon their run to the Eastern Conference Finals. Andrew Battifarano examines who the Islanders could look to internally to take that next step.

And speaking of internal depth, Bridgeport Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson highlighted three players that Islanders fans should be keeping an eye on.

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The Boston Bruins appear as though they’re returning to the tradition of keeping some local flare on the roster, but is that a good thing? Joe Haggerty examines that question. (Boston Hockey Now)

Things have come full circle for Chase Priskie. First, he was learning how to play the game of hockey through the Florida Panthers ‘Learn to Play’ programs. Now Priskie is the one on the ice helping the next generation of hockey players in the Sunshine State learn the game. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins may not be done adding pieces several league sources told Dan Kingerski. A look at what could happen for the Penguins. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

An in-depth look at the Colorado Avalanche’s 118th overall pick in this year’s draft Colby Ambrosio. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Sheng Peng spoke with San Jose Sharks new associate coach Rocky Thompson. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Around the Island

Sort of New York Islanders related, Larry Brooks details some of the plans laid out to NHL general managers on the upcoming season. (NY Post

Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky hosted eight fans on a tour of the construction site of UBS Arena. (Newsday)

UBS Arena continues to take shape at Belmont Park. The New York Islanders released some new rendering of the inside of their future home. (Newsday)

Simon Holmstrom is one of several prospects in AHL Bridgeport that Islanders fans have their eyes on. A look at where fans can expect Holmstrom’s development to be at. (Eyes on Isles

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Christian’s Daily Links: Is the 2020-21 NHL Season in Peril?

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A look inside Scotiabank Arena in the Toronto Hub NHL

If hockey fans were looking for some good news, Tuesday just wasn’t the day for it in the NHL.

One day after the Hockey Now Network’s Off The Record column indicated that there were more concerns that the NHL season would not start on time, other outlets followed suit. Larry Brooks reported that the Jan. 1 start date the league has been targeting might be in danger.

The major sticking point seems to be the additional salary deferrals and an increase in the escrow cap the NHL has asked for. Talks between the league and Players Association have gone quiet and that has hindered the process of putting together COVID-19 protocols. (NY Post)

Thanksgiving Eve is usually the time that NHL teams would be taking stock of where they’re at nearly two months into the season, but things are much different this year. Stephen Whyno went through everything the NHL and players are going through to try and get a season going at some point next season. (Associated Press

Two add to the NHL’s issues, two teams announced they had players that tested positive for COVID-19.  The Vegas Golden Knights had four players test positive and the Columbus Blue Jackets said they had “several” players test positive for the virus. (NBC Sports)

Locally, we took a look at some of the New York Islanders prospects playing in the NCAA. One started off the 2020-21 season on a pretty good note. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency has commissioned a $68,000 study into the economic viability of the Nassau Coliseum in a post-COVID-19 world. The study comes after several IDA board members expressed concerns about the Coliseum viability once UBS Arena opens in 2021. (Newsday)

Arthur Staple caught up with Otto Koivula to get an update on how things have been going during his stint overseas. (The Athletic)

Things between former Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins remain at an impasse. Boston general manager Don Sweeney told reporters that things remain “status quo.” (Boston Hockey Now

San Jose Sharks prospect Thomas Bordeleau wasn’t aware of just how much attention his highlight-reel goal for Michigan at first. Sheng Peng caught up with him to chat about his goal in last Friday’s game. (San Jose Hockey Now

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Christian’s Daily Links: Will Changes in Washington Impact 2020-21 Hockey Season?

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Is there a chance that changes in Washington impact the NHL’s plans for a 2020-21 NHL season? Some NHL insiders are starting to wonder about that in the latest edition of the weekly Off The Record Column.

Also addressed is how the New York Islanders could try to free up some cap space and how the idea of a truncated season could make it more challenging to convince players to participate in 2020-21. (NYI Hockey Now)

Legendary broadcaster Doc Emrick spoke with myself and Sean Cuthbert on Hockey Night in New York on Sunday.  Among the items that came up was the fact that Emrick thought the Isles would have done better in 2019 against Carolina had they played on Long Island. (NYI Hockey Now)

The NHL released the Reverse Retro jerseys on Monday and the Islanders version didn’t stray too far from what they currently wear. (NYI Hockey Now)

Speaking of those Reverse Retro jerseys, Dan Kingerski ranked the five best and the five worst. The Islanders didn’t make either list, so there is that. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Sticking with the jersey theme we have going on, the Colorado Avalanche are making some changes to their existing jerseys as part of their 25th-anniversary celebration. (Colorado Hockey Now

Down in sunny Florida, it appears they are making a bit of history. They have reportedly hired Brett Peterson as assistant general manager, which would make him the first Black assistant GM in NHL history. That is the second historic hiring by a Florida sports franchise after the Miami Marlins hired Kim Ng as the first female GM in MLB history. (Florida Hockey Now)

Long Island University was scheduled to begin its inaugural season last weekend against Army. The game had to be canceled due to COVID-19, but they will start their first season as an NCAA Division I school on Thursday. Chris Peters takes a look at how the small Long Island college built a Division I hockey program in the middle of a pandemic. (ESPN+)

And some shameless self-promotion on my part in this last link. Alexis Panagatos interviewed me for a story on the Islanders future heading into the 2020-21 season. (Drive4Five)

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Christian’s Daily Links: NHL Return Taking Shape

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NHL Islanders enjoying back to backs in Toronto hub

Slowly but surely news is beginning to trickle out about what the NHL has in store for the 2020-21 season coming up.

Hub cities, teams playing in their own arenas and limited fans or no fans all seem to be on the table. Thursday is the NHL’s virtual meeting of the Board of Governors. Let’s take a look at some of the stories you’ll want to read heading into Thursday, November 12:

In all likelihood the NHL will conduct a shortened season, writes Larry Brooks. The number would range between 50 and 70 games to avoid playing into the summer. (NY Post)

Also on the table for the NHL’s plans for next season are hub cities and division realignment. (ESPN)

How confident are hockey fans in their team? Specifically, how confident are Islanders fans in the direction of the organization? (The Athletic)

A prediction of what the Islanders lines could look like for next season, whenever that may start. (The Athletic)

Where did the Islanders logo(s) end up ranking on The Score’s top 50 NHL logos list? (The Score)

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong explained on Wednesday how Torey Krug ended up a member of the Blues. (Boston Hockey Now)

An update from Sharks Country on what’s going on with San Jose during free agency. Spoiler alert the Sharks have talked with Erik Haula. (San Jose Hockey Now)

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