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Christian’s Daily Links: Islanders Questions, Mathew Barzal & Top 2020 Sports Moments



New York Islanders practice at Northwell Health Ice Center on Long Island

The New York Islanders open training camp in 24 hours and there will be plenty of excitement around the team after a run to the conference finals in September. There will also be plenty of questions for the team as camp opens.

A certain someone remains unsigned as well. That and more in today’s daily links!

Among the questions that there will be once camp opens, is how will Noah Dobson do in his new role? Well, the Islanders general manager voiced his confidence in no uncertain terms the other day. (NYI Hockey Now) 

Like I said there will be questions about the Islanders to start camp. Arthur Staple took the painstaking time to come up with a question for each player headed to camp this winter. (The Athletic) 

If you’re looking for a story about Mathew Barzal that isn’t (totally) about his current contract status, Mollie Walker brings you a heartwarming tale about how the Islanders star FaceTimed with a young fan for Christmas. Barzal is the second Islanders player to do that. Anders Lee took time to chat with a fan battling brain cancer in North Carolina just before Christmas. (NY Post) 

The Islanders run to the Eastern Conference Finals takes the Top Sports Moment of 2020 spot as ranked by Long Island News 12. (News 12)

Are the Islanders gearing up for one more deep playoff run before they move to UBS Arena in the fall? Jerry Beach ponders that thought. (Forbes)

The NHL is headed back outdoors in a pretty spectacular way this year. They will put on two outdoor games at Lake Tahoe at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Three New Year’s resolutions the Pittsburgh Penguins should be adopting heading into the new season. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now

Training camp is in full swing in San Jose. The Sharks were on of the seven teams that were able to begin training camp on Dec. 31. (San Jose Hockey Now)