By this time next week, the New York Islanders will have kicked off training camp for the 2020-21 season.
There are still a few items that the Islanders and general manager Lou Lamoriello need to settle before camp opens next week. Mathew Barzal is the biggest item on the list, along with deals for Andy Greene, Matt Martin and Cory Schneider.
That’s all part of today’s daily links:
Simon Holmstrom had a good start to the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships. The Swede had two assists in Sweden’s 7-1 opening game win. (NYI Hockey Now)
Could the Buffalo Bills provide a path for Islanders fans to get back into the Nassau Coliseum? (NYI Hockey Now)
Mathew Barzal still leads the pack as the top remaining restricted free agent that has yet to be signed. The likelihood of Barzal not being signed for the 2020-21 season by the Islanders is highly unlikely, but the saga continues to drag on. Barzal’s camp and the Islanders were expected to re-engage in contract talks this past week. (NBC Sports)
With the season on the horizon, so too returns NHL power rankings from various outlets. The Score was first to put one out and the Islanders were placed in the middle of the pack. Plus they suggest holiday gifts for all 31 teams. (The Score)
A position by position breakdown as the Islanders prepare for training camp and the most intriguing storylines at each of those positions. (Newsday)
Preparing for the 2020-21 season will be a challenge for the Islanders, but their AHL farm team the Bridgeport Sound Tigers also have a tough path ahead of them. The Sound Tigers will have a much younger roster in 2020-21 than they’ve had in years in the past and many of their most talented players could be part of the Islanders taxi squad. (The Athletic)
Among the many memorable moments for the NHL in 2020, Semyon Varlamov managed to among them. The Russian netminder’s celebration following the Isles’ Game 5 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning managed to make NHL.com’s list. (NHL.com)
For the fantasy hockey fans out there, the Islanders’ Russian goaltending duo of Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin are among the top fantasy storylines this season. (NHL.com)
Of the 123 pro sports teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, only one team took money from the Paycheck Protection Program. That would be the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)
Plenty of teams are facing questions as they get ready for training camp. Hockey Now teammate George Richards looks at five questions facing the Florida Panthers. (Florida Hockey Now)
Have the San Jose Sharks missed some opportunities on the free agency market? Sheng Peng examines that question. (San Jose Hockey Now)
The battle between Comcast and Altitude continues with Colorado Avalanche fans caught on the wrong side. Adrian Dater offers up a possible solution. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Is Jim Rutherford saving up cap space for the Pittsburgh Penguins to make some sort of impact trade? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)