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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and Commissioner Gary Bettman before Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. Photo Credit: Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire

The momentum has shifted from an NHL season on the brink to one that seems all but sure to go full steam ahead.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed to Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday that the NHL and the NHL Players Association have moved past the financial issues that were hampering negotiations to start the 2020-21 season. As was noted on Tuesday, there are still several hurdles to clear before an announcement is made. The NHL Board of Governors is scheduled to meet today at 4 p.m. (The Athletic

Larry Brooks also reported about the positive movement between the league and Players Association but added an interesting tidbit about the American Hockey League. The AHL is aiming to start their season on Feb. 1, but there now seems to be some serious concern about the viability of the league without fans in the stands. (New York Post

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman essentially confirmed what we had all seen coming for some time now: The NHL will likely have an all-Canadian division next season. (NHL.com)

A rather serious story developed out of Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Jarrod Skalde is alleging in a lawsuit filed against the Pittsburgh Penguins and former Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins coach Clark Donatelli that Donatelli assaulted  Skalde’s wife, Erin, during a road trip in Providence, R.I. Skalde is also alleging that former Pittsburgh Assistant GM Bill Guerin told him to keep quiet about the allegations and then later fired Skalde. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Alex Tuch went through a Jeykll and Hyde-like season in 2019-20. His regular season was marred with injures, but his playoff performance was one that stood out during the Vegas Golden Knights time in the postseason. With a potential right on the horizon, which Alex Tuch will show up for the Knights? (Vegas Hockey Now)

There appears to be a very real chance that the San Jose Sharks will be looking for a temporary home to start next season due to COVID-19 restrictions in San Jose. One alternative that could be on the table is for San Jose to play at Oakland Arena (formerly Oracle Arena). (San Jose Hockey Now)

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NYHN Daily: Johnny Boychuk On Hand at Islanders Practice, Ladd Whereabouts

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The New York Islanders (3-1-0) look to add to their two-game winning streak as they head to the Prudential Center to face the New Jersey Devils (2-1-1). With Johnny Boychuk unable to continue his National Hockey League career, he helped out at practice yesterday. The Islanders announced that Andrew Ladd and Thomas Kuhnhackl will report to AHL training camp. These Islander stories and more on today’s daily links!

Back in November, 13-year veteran defenseman, Johnny Boychuk decided to hang up the skates due to an injury. But that has not stopped him from mentoring his New York Islander teammates, as he was on the ice at the team’s practice yesterday. (NYI Hockey Now)

Up to this point, the New York Islanders had not made statements regarding forwards Andrew Ladd and Tom Kuhnhackl. Both players will report to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers when they open training camp. (NYI Hockey Now)

The LIU Men’s Ice Hockey team struggled to put together a winning performance. Despite having snapped their four-game skid last Saturday, there is much work to be done to become a more well-rounded program. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz has yet to change his lineup through the team’s first four games. Yesterday at practice, Oliver Wahlstrom skated alongside J-G Pageau. We could see the first lineup change of the year, according to Andrew Gross. (Newsday)

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded center Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick (2022) to the Winnipeg Jets for winger Patrik Laine and center Jack Roslovic. (Sportsnet)

Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets gambled by swapping star players. Both teams hope the trade will be mutually beneficial. (TSN.com)

The Blue Jackets, who see stars come and go, need to keep Patrik Laine around. (NHL.com)

After beating the Philadelphia Flyers by a slim margin on Thursday, the Boston Bruins broke through with six goals in the victory Saturday. (Boston Hockey Now)

Although the Pittsburgh Penguins were not in on the Pierre-Luc Dubois sweepstakes, they did have their eyes set on Jack Roslovic. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

With contact sports banned in Santa Clara County, the San Jose Sharks will be playing their first two home games in Arizona. (San Jose Sharks Now

The New York Riveters of the NWHL defeat the Toronto Six to kick off the season. (NWHL.com)

The Minnesota Whitecaps outlast the Boston Pride in Isobel Cup Final rematch. (NWHL.com

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NYHN Daily: Jordan Eberle Scores Twice in Win, Barzal Gets Islanders Top-Line Going

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The New York Islanders hosted the New Jersey Devils tonight, as both teams were coming off close wins against their opponents. Jordan Eberle scores twice as the Islanders beat the Devils by a score of 4-1. After finding himself on the NHL’s COVID list, Josh Bailey would play in the game last night, as he was cleared. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

Jordan Eberle had yet to light the lamp this season but buried two goals in the Islanders 4-1 win over New Jersey. The top-six forwards for the Islanders contributed on all four of the goals in what was a strong offensive showing. (NYI Hockey Now

Mat Barzal’s offense abilities were a major factor in the win over New Jersey. After being held off the scoresheet since opening night, he picked up his first multi-point game of the season. (NYI Hockey Now)

After Josh Bailey was not at the Islanders’ practice facility on Wednesday, it was later found out that he had made his way onto the NHL’s COVID list. While it seemed he would not be able to get in the lineup against the Devils, he was cleared in time to play. (NYI Hockey Now)

In the win over the Devils, the Islanders put in a complete effort. The offense came alive, the defense jumped up on the play, and Varlamov continued his strong start to the season writes Andrew Gross. (Newsday)

With the win, the Islanders hand the Devils their first regulation loss of the season. Varlamov lost his shutout streak, while the top line has a breakout night. (NHL.com)

After leaving the game against the Islanders on Monday, Boston Bruins’ defenseman Matt Grzelyck got hurt in the matchup against the Flyers. But he guts it out, as he picks up an assist in the 5-4 shootout win. (Boston Hockey Now)

Prior to Bo Bryam making his NHL debut last night for the Colorado Avalance, his father, former NHLer Shawn Byram, was rather excited to see his son play. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in troubling waters yet again, as injuries are putting them in a rough spot this early in the season. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers have their season on hold due to COVID-19 but are trying to make the most out of the situation. (Florida Hockey Now)

Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward Pierre-Luc Dubois requested a trade prior to the beginning of the season while he was in contract negotiations. Even though he is still a member of the team, head coach John Tortorella is limiting his star player’s ice time. As reporters scurried to ask the coach what was happening, he elected to not comment on the matter. (Sportsnet)

Due to the inability to follow COVID-19 protocol, the Washington Capitals have been fined $100,000 and top players Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Kuznetsov, Dimitri Orlov, and Ilya Samsonov will miss the team’s next four games. (ESPN)

Seven NHL coaching staffs are still working for reduced pay amidst this COVID-19 crunch. (TSN.ca)

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NYHN Daily: Andy Greene Gets Set to Face Former Team, Josh Bailey on COVID List

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The New York Islanders (2-1) host the New Jersey Devils (2-1-1) today at 7:00 pm. The LIU Women’s Hockey team is off to a slow start but is in familiar waters. Veteran Andy Greene gets set to face his former team for the first time. Second-line winger Josh Bailey has been added to the COVID list as he was unavailable at practice yesterday. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

Josh Bailey was not at practice yesterday. We have found out the reason for that is due to him being placed on the COVID-19 List and will be unable to play in the game later today. (NYI Hockey Now)

New York Islanders’ defenseman Andy Greene played 14 years for the New Jersey Devils before being traded to the Islanders last season. It will be a strange feeling, said Greene. The strangest adjustment was for Greene’s son, who is trying to understand where NJ Devil, the Devils’ mascot, was. (NYI Hockey Now)

The LIU Women’s hockey team is off to an 0-6 start. But they were in this position last year in their inaugural season, in which they finished the year as the division champs. (NYI Hockey Now)

Andy Greene is not the only player facing his former team. The New York Islanders newest netminder, Cory Schneider, faces his former team as well. (Newsday)

Islanders’ defenseman Noah Dobson is playing in his second NHL season. After struggling mightily in the 5-0 loss Saturday to the New York Rangers, he bounced back in a big way in Monday’s win over the Boston Bruins (NY Sportsday)

We are a week into this 56-game NHL season. What have been the most impressive stories thus far? (TSN.com)

Should the NHL do rapid COVID tests? If the Florida Panthers game was not postponed would Keith Yandle still have his Iron Man streak? All these questions and more in Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts. (Sportsnet)

The Minnesota Wild have acquired Ian Cole from the Colorado Avalance in exchange for Greg Pateryn. (NHL.com)

With Keith Yandle on the trade block for the Florida Panthers, NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes believes the Boston Bruins should try to acquire the defenseman. (Boston Hockey Now)

After facing the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 for breaking COVID protocols. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers were unable to start this season with everyone else due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Now their season is on hold due to the Carolina Hurricanes dealing with the virus. (Florida Hockey Now)

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