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Photo Credit: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Baseball fans across New York rejoiced on Friday as MLB owners approved the sale of the New York Mets to hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen. Mets fans are hoping the ownership change resurrects a franchise that has been stuck in mediocrity.

And there’s no better example of what a change in ownership can do for a franchise than the New York Islanders.

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Sure it took some time for Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin to settle in and get the team and management they wanted in place, but the two have accomplished so much in their short time as owners. They brought in a hall of fame general manager in Lou Lamoriello and Stanley Cup-winning coach in Barry Trotz.

The Islanders are a team that is willing to spend money on big-name players and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1993 this past season.

Ledecky and Malkin’s biggest accomplishment of all? Securing the Islanders a permanent home for the foreseeable future at Belmont Park. It was a task that often seemed impossible for past owners to get done.

Previous ownership groups have tried and come up short when it came to building the Islanders a much needed new home on Long Island. Ledecky and Malkin found a way to get it done.

It’s often said there is a different aura around the Islanders organization, and anyone who spends five minutes with the team can tell that’s absolutely true. As Mike Vaccaro wrote in the New York Post, “it would seem that the present ownership led by Jon Ledecky may well be the model for all other ownerships in New York and elsewhere.”

Not something Islanders fans are used to reading. Mets fans hope the Islanders good fortunes cane rub off on the Mets news ownership group now too.

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The Boston Bruins want Mike Hoffman on their team, but the unrestricted free agent remains unsigned. The reason, according to his agent, is that too many teams have been giving him low ball offers. (Boston Hockey Now)

What is going on in Florida Panthers land? George Richards answers all your burning questions in the October edition of the FHN Mailbag. (Florida Hockey Now

The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft seems so far away now, but it’s never too early to think about what teams might do. Dan Kingerski lays out what the Pittsburgh Penguins Strategy might be. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Did Mikko Rantanen accidentally tip off what the Colorado Avalanche new third jersey may look like? (Colorado Hockey Now

Sheng Peng takes a look around the globe at the San Jose Sharks that are playing overseas. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Around the Island

As fans wait for the 2020-21 season, there is plenty of excitement around the goaltender Ilya Sorokin and the impact he could have on the Islanders going forward. (

Arthur Staple spent the week going through his mailbag and answering Islanders fans questions. (The Athletic)

Could Ryan Pulock’s impending arbitration hearing force Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello to make some moves? (Eyes on Isles)

There are a lot of questions about how the NHL is going to pull off a season next year. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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NYHN Daily: Islanders Take Advantage on Powerplay to Beat Penguins & More



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The Islanders split the weekend series as they took the second game of the back-to-back against the Penguins. The Islanders won 2-0 thanks to a pair of power-play goals and an Ilya Sorokin shutout lifted the Islanders over the Penguins. Sorokin and defenseman Noah Dobson made key plays to keep the Islanders’ lead intact. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

A pair of power-play goals and a 20 save effort from rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin lifted the New York Islanders to a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. (NYI Hockey Now)

The turning point in the Islanders victory came late in the second period as Ilya Sorokin and Noah Dobson denied a high-danger scoring chance. (NYI Hockey Now)

It has taken some time, but Anthony Beauvillier is finally turning the corner this season. The Islanders forward picked up his fourth point of the year on Saturday night in the Islanders’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. (NYI Hockey Now)

Off the record, the Boston Bruins and the Los Angeles Kings could be looking to make trades. The Montreal Canadiens are receiving calls for Carey Price, who seems lost in net. (NYI Hockey Now)

Ilya Sorokin is the first Islanders rookie to have consecutive shutouts since Glenn “Chico” Resch in December 1975. It was the first time the Islanders shut out the Penguins since Kelly Hrudey made 27 saves in a 9-0 win on Jan. 9, 1986. (

Ilya Sorokin hasn’t started often and the Islanders haven’t shut down the Penguins’ potent trio of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and defenseman Kris Letang with consistency. But the Russian rookie, making his first start at Nassau Coliseum and only his fifth of the season, backstopped a strong defensive effort with 20 saves as the Islanders closed a 3-0-1 homestand with a 2-0 win over the Penguins on Sunday. (Newsday)

After dropping games against the Islanders and the first of a back-to-back against the Rangers, the Boston Bruins rebounded on Sunday. (Boston Hockey Now)

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan earned a little brusqueness. While he was obviously furious after his team flatlined in a 2-0 shutout loss to the New York Islanders, he did not vent on the media on Sunday evening. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers are officially back to full strength. After three weeks of postponements, limbo, and quarantines, the Flyers have no more players on the NHL COVID Protocol list. Travis Konecny was removed from the list on Sunday. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers have not officially broken up with Brett Connolly although it appears a parting of the ways is eventually coming. On Sunday, Florida placed the veteran forward on waivers. (Florida Hockey Now)

Patrick Kane scored his 400th NHL goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 7-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at United Center on Sunday. (

Auston Matthews practiced with the Maple Leafs and has not been ruled out against Edmonton Oilers. The elite forward missed the opener of three-game set at Edmonton on Saturday with a wrist injury. (

John Tortorella said he is not concerned about job security after the Columbus Blue Jackets lost a fifth straight game, 3-1 to the Nashville Predators on Sunday. (

Ilya Samsonov made 19 saves in his first game for the Washington Capitals since coming off the NHL COVID-19 protocol list, a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday. (

Minnesota Wild netminder Alex Stalock found himself on waivers yesterday along with Florida Panther Brett Connolly. (

Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom participated in a goal session prior to main practice on Sunday. He remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury. (

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NYHN Daily: Sorokin Dominant for Islanders, Pageau Stays Hot & More



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After back-to-back wins earlier in the week against Buffalo, the Islanders are back in action tonight as they are in Pittsburgh to face the Penguins. In the Tuesday win, rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin was impressive as he picked up his first NHL win. Islanders third-line center Jean-Gabriel Pageau continued his hot streak. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

In the Islanders victory over the Buffalos Sabres, rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin picked up his first National Hockey League win. While he did not face many shots on goal, he was a walking — or should I say skating — highlight reel. (NYI Hockey Now)

It took some time and has come with many changes to his wingers, but Jean-Gabriel Pageau is on an offensive tear for the New York Islanders. (NYI Hockey Now)

Ilya Sorokin’s play, along with Semyon Varlamov’s, has given the Islanders a reason to believe they are capable of another long playoff run. (The Athletic)

Islanders heard coach Barry Trotz craves four-line balance and Pageau’s recent scoring has certainly helped achieve that. (Newsday)

The Boston Bruins have hit the quarter mark of this compacted regular season and things are going pretty darn well for the Black and Gold. (Boston Hockey Now)

Evgeni Malkin is a Pittsburgh Penguins cornerstone, but his game is not where he wants it to be. The problems aren’t turnovers or mistakes that some may want to harp, but Malkin’s physical status. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers are pulling all of their resources together for Thursday night’s game against the New York Rangers. They are missing six regulars from the lineup due to COVID protocol: Justin Braun, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, and Jake Voracek. (Philly Hockey Now)

Avalanche Mailbag: Whither Martin Kaut, and do the Avs need an enforcer? (Colorado Hockey Now)

Vegas Golden Knights’ Keegan Kolesar dropped the gloves and squared up with Dennis Gilbert early in the first period of Tuesday night’s game for his first NHL fight. (Vegas Hockey Now

The Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes resumed a rivalry on Wednesday, as they played each other for the first time as part of the same division since the Southeast was dissolved way back in 2013. (Florida Hockey Now)

San Jose Sharks’ Mario Ferraro and John Leonard were college roommates,, teammates at U-Mass. Ferraro picked up the primary assist on Leonard’s first NHL goal on Monday. (San Jose Hockey Now)

In the Edmonton Oilers win last, Connor McDavid notched his 500th career NHL point. (

Super 16: Boston Bruins new at No. 1, Islanders enter the top 10 (

Kevin Lankinen got his first NHL shutout as the Blackhawks down the Red Wings. (

NHL Buzz: Aretmi Panarin expected in lineup for Rangers, Erik Karlsson could return soon for San Jose Sharks, Alex Galchenyuk could join Maple Leafs today for practice. (

Two days after blowing a four-goal lead, the Toronto Maple Leafs stayed discipine in the rematch against the Ottawa Senators for a grueling win. (

Brock Boeser’s three-point night paced Vancouver Canucks to win over Flames. (

John Tavares just has just one goal in the last 10 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but head coach Sheldon Keefe is staying patient with the Leafs captain. (


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NYHN Daily: Islanders Extend Point Streak to Seven Games & More



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The New York Islanders defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 to push their point streak to seven games. The turning point of this game was Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov save on Victor Olofsson. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

The New York Islanders made is seven straight games with points on Monday night with their 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. (NYI Hockey Now)

It has become the norm this season that a big play or save by Semyon Varlamov has changed the course of a hockey game for the New York Islanders. That again was the case on Monday night. (NYI Hockey Now)

It may be a little longer before New York Islanders fans are back in the Nassau Coliseum says GM Lou Lamoriello. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Buffalo Sabres had not played a game since Jan 31. The Islanders spoiled their return. (

In the win, the Islanders did not allow a shot on goal in the third period. (Newsday)

Boston Bruins defensemen Matt Grzelcyk, Jakub Zboril, and Kevan Miller were all absent from Bruins practice Monday at Warrior Arena. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins couldn’t possibly remain as bad on the power play as they were for the season’s first 12 games. One game isn’t exactly setting the world on fire, but the Penguins’ sudden snap towards average special teams production was as much an encouraging sign as it was fruitful. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Episode No. 44 of “Can’t Hear What Jeremy Says (because I got my two Stanley Cup rings plugged in my ears) is here. I’m joined by CHN colleague Scott “Mac Daddy” MacDonald, for a robust discussion about the Avs. (Colorado hockey Now)

With Robin Lehner out with an injury, Marc-Andre Fleury has shown that he should be the no. 1 netminder moving forward. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Monday night, the Panthers visited Tampa for the first time and pulled out their second win in three games against the Lightning, this one 6-4. (Florida Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks actually pulled out a regulation win as they beat the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 4-2. (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Ottawa Senators come back from down four to defeat the Maple Leafs in overtime. (

After the Calgary Flames allowed the San Jose Sharks to tie the game with 31 seconds left in the third, Johnny Gaudreau won it in overtime. (

Alex Galchenyuk was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday for forward Egor Korshkov and defenseman David Warsofsky. (

Dominic Kubalik scored twice for the Chicago Blackhawks, the second one coming in overtime to beat the Detroit Red Wings. (

The Dallas Stars postponed their home game Monday night against the Nashville Predators after a request from city officials not to play because of the impact extreme winter weather had on the area. (

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