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Is there a chance that changes in Washington impact the NHL’s plans for a 2020-21 NHL season? Some NHL insiders are starting to wonder about that in the latest edition of the weekly Off The Record Column.

Also addressed is how the New York Islanders could try to free up some cap space and how the idea of a truncated season could make it more challenging to convince players to participate in 2020-21. (NYI Hockey Now)

Legendary broadcaster Doc Emrick spoke with myself and Sean Cuthbert on Hockey Night in New York on Sunday.  Among the items that came up was the fact that Emrick thought the Isles would have done better in 2019 against Carolina had they played on Long Island. (NYI Hockey Now)

The NHL released the Reverse Retro jerseys on Monday and the Islanders version didn’t stray too far from what they currently wear. (NYI Hockey Now)

Speaking of those Reverse Retro jerseys, Dan Kingerski ranked the five best and the five worst. The Islanders didn’t make either list, so there is that. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Sticking with the jersey theme we have going on, the Colorado Avalanche are making some changes to their existing jerseys as part of their 25th-anniversary celebration. (Colorado Hockey Now

Down in sunny Florida, it appears they are making a bit of history. They have reportedly hired Brett Peterson as assistant general manager, which would make him the first Black assistant GM in NHL history. That is the second historic hiring by a Florida sports franchise after the Miami Marlins hired Kim Ng as the first female GM in MLB history. (Florida Hockey Now)

Long Island University was scheduled to begin its inaugural season last weekend against Army. The game had to be canceled due to COVID-19, but they will start their first season as an NCAA Division I school on Thursday. Chris Peters takes a look at how the small Long Island college built a Division I hockey program in the middle of a pandemic. (ESPN+)

And some shameless self-promotion on my part in this last link. Alexis Panagatos interviewed me for a story on the Islanders future heading into the 2020-21 season. (Drive4Five)

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Christian’s Daily Links: Is the 2020-21 NHL Season in Peril?

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If hockey fans were looking for some good news, Tuesday just wasn’t the day for it in the NHL.

One day after the Hockey Now Network’s Off The Record column indicated that there were more concerns that the NHL season would not start on time, other outlets followed suit. Larry Brooks reported that the Jan. 1 start date the league has been targeting might be in danger.

The major sticking point seems to be the additional salary deferrals and an increase in the escrow cap the NHL has asked for. Talks between the league and Players Association have gone quiet and that has hindered the process of putting together COVID-19 protocols. (NY Post)

Thanksgiving Eve is usually the time that NHL teams would be taking stock of where they’re at nearly two months into the season, but things are much different this year. Stephen Whyno went through everything the NHL and players are going through to try and get a season going at some point next season. (Associated Press

Two add to the NHL’s issues, two teams announced they had players that tested positive for COVID-19.  The Vegas Golden Knights had four players test positive and the Columbus Blue Jackets said they had “several” players test positive for the virus. (NBC Sports)

Locally, we took a look at some of the New York Islanders prospects playing in the NCAA. One started off the 2020-21 season on a pretty good note. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency has commissioned a $68,000 study into the economic viability of the Nassau Coliseum in a post-COVID-19 world. The study comes after several IDA board members expressed concerns about the Coliseum viability once UBS Arena opens in 2021. (Newsday)

Arthur Staple caught up with Otto Koivula to get an update on how things have been going during his stint overseas. (The Athletic)

Things between former Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins remain at an impasse. Boston general manager Don Sweeney told reporters that things remain “status quo.” (Boston Hockey Now

San Jose Sharks prospect Thomas Bordeleau wasn’t aware of just how much attention his highlight-reel goal for Michigan at first. Sheng Peng caught up with him to chat about his goal in last Friday’s game. (San Jose Hockey Now

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Christian’s Daily Links: NHL Return Taking Shape

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Slowly but surely news is beginning to trickle out about what the NHL has in store for the 2020-21 season coming up.

Hub cities, teams playing in their own arenas and limited fans or no fans all seem to be on the table. Thursday is the NHL’s virtual meeting of the Board of Governors. Let’s take a look at some of the stories you’ll want to read heading into Thursday, November 12:

In all likelihood the NHL will conduct a shortened season, writes Larry Brooks. The number would range between 50 and 70 games to avoid playing into the summer. (NY Post)

Also on the table for the NHL’s plans for next season are hub cities and division realignment. (ESPN)

How confident are hockey fans in their team? Specifically, how confident are Islanders fans in the direction of the organization? (The Athletic)

A prediction of what the Islanders lines could look like for next season, whenever that may start. (The Athletic)

Where did the Islanders logo(s) end up ranking on The Score’s top 50 NHL logos list? (The Score)

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong explained on Wednesday how Torey Krug ended up a member of the Blues. (Boston Hockey Now)

An update from Sharks Country on what’s going on with San Jose during free agency. Spoiler alert the Sharks have talked with Erik Haula. (San Jose Hockey Now)

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Christian’s Daily Links: Ledecky, Malkin Show What Stable Ownership can do

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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. (NHL.com)

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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