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Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Let’s Go Islanders Banner soars over Toronto

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Matthew Kammerer raised over $4,000 to fly a “Let’s go Islanders” banner over the city of Toronto. On Saturday afternoon he delivered on behalf of New York Islanders fans.

Kammerer’s banner flew over the NHL’s hub city of Toronto around 1:30 as the New York Islanders returned to their hotel in downtown Toronto. The pilot returned to the ground around 3:15 p.m., Kammerer said in a post on twitter.

The Islanders fan from East Meadow pulled off the flyover in under a week from when he started his Go Fund Me page to raise funds for it.

“Love and unity and thanks for making my Monday dream take flight by Saturday,” Kammerer said in a statement posted to twitter Saturday afternoon. “In these often toxic and scary times where neighbors disagree over so much how cathartic is it to come together. Sports fandom may not mean much in the grand scheme of things… except when it does. Now let’s go win a silver chalice.”

The banner caught the attention of several media outlets after Kammerer spoke with NYI Hockey Now earlier this wee and it was captured on social media by eagle-eyed fans in Toronto on Saturday. New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield also took notice, posting a video on his social media accounts of the plane and banner flying overhead.

“Thanks for the love Isles fans,” Mayfield wrote on twitter accompanied with a video.

The idea was the brainchild of Kammerer after he wanted to show his support for the team outside of social media. Quickly the idea of a banner was born and then the die-hard New York Islanders fan looked to his fellow Islanders fans to help out.

“I said, I wonder if I can do something physical where instead of looking down at their phones on the way back from morning skate,” Kammerer told NYI Hockey Now earlier this week. “Instead, they look up in the sky and they see something that really pumps them up. Then basically it just took off.”

The Go Fund Me page was launched on Monday and by Tuesday he had reached well beyond his initial goal. When asked about the banner earlier in the week, Ryan Pulock responded simply, “that’s awesome.”

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Anders Lee Looks Back While Waiting for What’s Ahead with Islanders

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While the hockey world looks forward and waits to find out when or even if the 2020-21 season will start, New York Islanders captain Anders Lee took a moment to look back and reflect.

Lee and the Islanders are now just over a month removed from their season-ending loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to Tampa Bay. It had been the deepest the Islanders had gone in the playoffs since 1993 and the run shocked much of the hockey world.

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What Could Home Games Look Like for the New York Islanders Next Season?

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There are a lot of questions about the 2020-21 NHL season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed at the draft that the league was looking at a Jan. 1 start date. Outside of that, not much is known about their plan. The NHL has said in the past that they’d like to play a full 82 game schedule, but even that remains a question.

And for owners, the question of whether fans will be allowed in the building when games do start remains a major concern. The NHL, unlike NBA or NFL, is a gate driven league and relies heavily on paying customers filling the seats at arenas.

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Free Agency: Martin, Greene Likely to Return to Islanders for Next Season

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It seems all but certain that Andy Greene is returning to the New York Islanders, and the same goes for Matt Martin.

The Islanders continue to sit in a holding pattern as they look to free up cap space via trades, but things seem to be pointing to a return for the two NHL veterans. General manager Lou Lamoriello called the return of Greene “a very strong option” during a Zoom conference call on Monday night and multiple reports indicated that the Islanders and Martin are working on a deal.

Greene’s return makes even more sense following the trade of Devon Toews to Colorado on Monday. Greene has worked with Noah Dobson, who will take Toews’ place on the blue line, in the past and proved extremely valuable during the postseason.

The soon to be 38-year-old — Greene’s birthday is on Oct. 30 — could be looking at a one-year deal from the Islanders to provide that veteran presence on the blue line. Greene had four points (two goals, two assists) in 21 playoff games with the Islanders.

Martin also had an impressive postseason of his own with five goals in 21 games, which matched his regular-season total. The fan-favorite has been a mainstay on the fourth line alongside Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas.

Martin’s deal with the Islanders, or anyone else for that matter should it get to that point, would be far less than the four-year, $10 million deal he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016. That carried a $2.5 million AAV and that is much higher than what the Islanders can afford at the moment.

Devon Toews Traded to Colorado for Second Round Picks

The decision to move Toews on Monday came out of necessity so that the Islanders could get back some pieces to sweeten any potential trades that would move some of their pricier contracts and free up some more salary cap room. The Islanders have been working with just $8.9 million in cap space.

The Islanders still need to re-sign restricted free agents Mat Barzal and Ryan Pulock and trading away the likes of Johnny Boychuk or another hefty contract would help make that task simpler.

The Fourth Period reported that the Islanders have been shopping Boychuk around. Boychuk has two years left on a deal that carries an AAV of $6 million and a list if eight teams he can be traded to. Leo Komarov is also reportedly being shopped by the Islanders.

Komarov also has two years left on his contract, which has a $3 million AAV and a seven-team no-trade list.

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