The Islanders are down to their final days before the start of their Qualifying Round series with the Florida Panthers. They started off on the right foot with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers last night.
One of the interesting notes from the game was the decision to dress eight defensemen. Andy Greene and Noah Dobson did their best to make Barry Trotz’s decision for Saturday harder than it already is going to be.
“With being off for four and a half months and getting everyone healthy (on defense) it’s a battle,” Greene said. “We had a good couple weeks of camp here and it’s good to get the legs under us tonight. It’s out of my hands at this point and we’ll go from there.”
Along with Greene and Dobson’s performance, Anthony Beauvillier and Semyon Varlamov looked pretty good last night as well.
Just two more days before the Islanders and Florida Panthers finally square off.
The Florida Panthers also played their warmup game on Wednesday… It did not go well for them. George Richards breaks down what happened. (Florida Hockey Now)
Teams continue to get used to life in the bubble, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few awkward moments. Take, for instance, running into an entire team of players who genuinely don’t like you. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Minnesota Wild. Adrian Dater gives us his takeaways. (Colorado Hockey Now)
David Pastrnak is likely to play for Boston today when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Boston Hockey Now)
Tommy Wingels sat down with Shen Peng for a wide-ranging discussion on his decision to retire, Black Lives Matter and much more. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Christian’s Daily Links: The New York Islanders Offseason Continues
The New York Islanders moved another day closer to Ryan Pulock’s arbitration date.
The restricted free agent and the New York Islanders are scheduled to go before an arbitrator on Nov. 6. Surely the New York Islanders would like to handle Pulock’s contract before that date, but what will his new deal look like. I took a moment to examine what Pulock could get in terms of a contract extension. (NYI Hockey Now)
Pulock is the only Islander left with an arbitration date after Josh Ho-Sang signed a one-year deal on Tuesday. What that means for the talented, yet controversial forward’s role with the Islanders isn’t known yet. Dan Kingerski believes it’s time the Isles #FreeJoshHo-Sang. (NYI Hockey Now)
National Hockey Now
The Boston Bruins looked to acquire Oliver Ekman-Larsson from the Arizona Coyotes, but a deal never materialized. Ekman Larsson confirmed to foreign media that the Bruins were one of two teams that he would have wanted to go to. (Boston Hockey Now)
What’s the scuttlebutt around hockey circles? Dan Kingerski launches the first Off the Record column with some news and context surrounding news around the NHL. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
COVID-19 cases are rising in the Czech Republic so the Colorado Avalanche has decided to move prospect Martin Kaut to another team. The Avs 2018 first-round pick has been reassigned to MODO Hockey. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Jonathan Dahlen is off to a good start to his stint in Sweden. The San Jose Sharks loaned Dahlen to Allsvenskan, where he has a team-leading 16 points in seven games. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Around the Island
Arthur Staple digs into his mailbag to answer questions about Ryan Pulock and Mathew Barzal. (The Athletic)
Josh Ho-Sang is “ready to give everything,” his agent told Mollie Walker after he signed a 1-year extension with the Islanders on Tuesday. (NY Post)
Speaking of Ho-Sang, what would a successful season look like for him next season? (Eyes on Isles)
The AHL officially pushed its start date back to Feb 5. Everything remains on the table as they try to put on a season in 2021. (Associated Press)
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers did not have any additional comments on the AHL announcement on Wednesday. (CT Post)
Christian’s Daily Links: Did the New York Islanders do Anything Yet?
The dog days of the NHL offseason are upon us.
The New York Islanders are still actively on the hunt for a partner to work out a trade with to free up cap space. Until the Islanders are essentially in a holding pattern.
The main objective for the New York Islanders is to re-sign star forward Mathew Barzal to a new deal. With that in mind, I examined what type of deal the Islanders are looking to ink Barzal at considering the current circumstances surround the NHL at the moment. (NYI Hockey Now)
Even with the lack of moves, New York Islanders fans still have plenty of questions about the team. Sean Cuthbert and I tried to answer some of those on this week’s episode of Hockey Night in New York. (NYI Hockey Now)
Trevor Daley retired on Monday and had already lined up a post-playing career gig. Daley, who was a big contributor to the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup runs in 2016 and 2017, will join the Pittsburgh front office as a hockey operations advisor. Daley had just ended a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Have you ever sat down and wondered who were some of the greatest players in Colorado Avalanche history that have come from Finland? Well, Adrian Dater has and he sat down and created a list of the greatest Finnish hockey players to suite up for Colorado. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Hockey has found its niche in the state of Texas, but one San Jose Sharks fans is trying to bring the to a part of the Lone Star State where a sheet of ice is hard to come by. McAllen, Texas is not a town known for hockey, but Nathaniel Mata is trying to change that. (San Jose Hockey Now)
There is hope for a 2020-21 season, but things may look a little bit odd when it does start. One big topic of discussion has been about a possible temporary realignment so that travel and potential exposure to COVID-19 is limited. Tom Callahan takes a look at what those divisions could look like. (Vegas Hockey Now)
Around the Island
Are you wonder what the New York Islanders prospects are up to? The team’s official website has a full rundown of what they have been up to. (New York Islanders)
The Islanders have had their fair share of prolific goal scorers in their history. A look at the top 10 greatest goal scorers in the franchise’s history. (Eyes on Isles)
A look at every NHL team and where they stand with cap space. Spoiler alert: The Islanders don’t have a lot of cap space. (The Athletic)
Christian’s Daily Links: All Quiet on the New York Islanders front
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.
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)