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)
NYHN Daily Links: Sorokin Speaks to Media, Isles Look to Build Off Last Season’s Playoff Run
We are now only a day away from the New York Islanders facing off against their crosstown rival New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Following the last day of camp, Ilya Sorokin spoke to reporters for the first time. Barry Trotz stated his plan for getting Sorokin in between the pipes. The Islanders are looking to build upon the conference final run with their returning cast. These stories and more on today’s daily links!
Following Ilya Sorokin’s press conference, it is evident he is a Long Islander at heart given his answers. Even with all the hype around him, the 25-year old goaltender knows he has to earn his playing time. (NYI Hockey Now)
Mollie Walker discusses how the Islanders will be looking to build off their postseason play in her latest. (NY Post)
Sorokin looks to live up to the excitement surrounding him. In Neil Best’s latest, he discusses head coach Barry Trotz’s plan to get Sorokin into a game sooner than later this season. (Newsday)
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz wants the team to forget the previous two seasons. Andrew Gross writes that the bar has been set very high.(Newsday)
Coming into this season, a look at the four biggest questions surrounding the Islanders. (Puck Prose)
There are a lot of things going on ‘Off the Record’ around the NHL. Jimmy Murphy breaks down the rumors surrounding Florida’s Keith Yandle, Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury, and more.(NYI Hockey Now)
David Pastrnak (offseason hip surgery) made his first appearance at a Boston Bruins practice. He was in a maroon ‘no-contact’ jersey, but this is a significant step in returning. (Boston Hockey Now)
For the Colorado Avalanche, it is not about winning the Stanley Cup, but about getting close. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins missed a big opportunity by not adding 2019 third-round selection Nathan Legare to their taxi squad. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
While veteran Keith Yandle has been practicing with Group 2 for the Florida Panthers, he will keep showing up, hoping to be in the starting lineup. (Florida Hockey Now)
Given the latest news regarding Evander Kane’s finances, was there a chance he would not suit up for the Sharks this season? Head coach Bob Boughner put that rumor to rest. (San Jose Hockey Now)
If you missed any offseason move, do not worry, as Greg Wyshynski has you covered. (ESPN)
NYIHN Daily: Barzal Next Steps, Cizikas Exits Scrimmage & More
With the season beginning this week, the New York Islanders are working to get ready. After Mat Barzal put pen to paper, he is back and looks like a guy ready to go. As the team scrimmaged on Sunday, fourth-liner Casey Cizikas left early after taking a big hit. With Sorokin getting a lot of attention, veteran Semyon Varlamov has been named the starter. These stories and more on today’s daily links!
After signing a three-year deal on Saturday, Mat Barzal looks to grow as a player. Head coach Barry Trotz wants to help him grow, not just on the offensive side of the puck, but on the defensive side of the puck as well. (NYI Hockey Now)
During the Islanders scrimmage yesterday, Casey Cizikas appeared to injure his hand after taking a big hit. The first indication seems to be positive, but if he is unable to go, that is a huge loss for this Islander team. (NYI Hockey Now)
While it did not come as a surprise, Semyon Varlamov has been named the starter. Both goaltenders have had good camps, but Barry Trotz believes Varlamov deserves the job. (NYI Hockey Now)
J-G Pageau has yet to have official linemates for this upcoming season. But yesterday in the scrimmage, he played alongside youngsters Kieffer Bellows and Oliver Wahlstrom, both scoring against Ilya Sorokin. (Newsday)
Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand exits Sunday’s practice early (sports hernia), in order to receive treatment. He is a morning-time decision for the team’s scrimmage today. (Boston Hockey Now)
After a COVID-19 scare, the Pittsburgh Penguins were back practicing on Sunday. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Colorado Avalanche netminder Phillip Grubauer suffered a pulled-groin injury during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But he is working hard to make sure he does not reaggravate it this season. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The Florida Panthers have made their first round of cuts, as more cuts will be coming before the season begins. (Florida Hockey Now)
NYHN Daily Links: Barzal Signs Contract, Isles Core Locked Up & More
With the regular season inching closer and closer, the New York Islanders finally locked up their number one center Saturday, signing RFA Mat Barzal to a three-year deal. In regards to the signing, Barzal told reporters that if possible, he would have signed a longer-term deal as he loves being on the island. These stories and more on today’s daily links!
Prior to the Islanders’ Saturday practice, RFA Mat Barzal agreed to a three-year deal worth $21 million. (NYI Hockey Now)
Even after the long wait, Mat Barzal assured the media that he had no thought of playing anywhere else, even stating that he would have signed a long-term deal if finances would have allowed it. (NYI Hockey Now)
The Islanders also added some depth on Saturday, with the addition of goaltender Francis Marotte. (NYI Hockey Now)
With Barzal signed, Arthur Staple breaks down that deal as well as what is next for the Islanders. (The Athletic)
Barzal’s new deal means that the Islanders core is together for the foreseeable future. (Newsday)
The Pittsburgh Penguins canceled practice due to possible COVID-19 exposure. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Evander Kane is back in the news as Centennial Bank is claiming the forward owes them more than $8.3 million in principle and interest. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Jared Bednar, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, said that 22-year old defenseman Conor Timmins has earned top-six minutes and will replace Erik Johnson in the starting lineup who currently is unfit-to-play. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Two-time Stanley Cup Champion Corey Crawford has officially retired from the National Hockey League. (NHL.com)
Ever wonder how NHL teams pick their locker room DJ? Luke Fox did and produced this story. (Sportsnet)
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