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Christian’s Daily Links: Will Changes in Washington Impact 2020-21 Hockey Season?



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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)