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Isles Jon Ledecky Named one of Long Island’s Power 100 by City & State



Jon Ledecky

Among the Long Island politicians and business leaders on this year’s City & State Long Island Power 100 list was a familiar name to New York Islanders fans.

Team co-owner Jon Ledecky was 53rd on the annual list of Long Island’s most powerful and influential people. It was the second consecutive year that Ledecky was on the list put out by City & State, which covers state and local politics in New York.

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“Jon Ledecky, the co-owner of the New York Islanders, has seen major progress in the construction of the new UBS Arena at Belmont Park, where the Islanders expect to play for the 2021-2022 NHL season,” City & State wrote about the Islanders owner.  “The home opener next year will signal a new beginning for the home team following a contentious exodus to Brooklyn after being ousted from Nassau Coliseum.”

Ledecky was ranked 49th in 2019 after he, along with Scott Malkin, returned the Islanders to Nassau County and they were selected by New York State to develop an arena and retail district at Belmont Park.

As the co-owner of Long Island’s lone major professional sports franchise, it isn’t too much of a surprise to see Ledecky’s name on the City & State list. While the Islanders can be overlooked in the market, they still have a significant impact on the Long Island economy, and the development at Belmont Park goes beyond just hockey and the Islanders.

There are a few names that Islanders fans may also remember from the team’s attempts to renovate the Nassau Coliseum.

RXR Realty CEO Scott Rechler ranked 16th. Rechler had partnered with former Islanders owner Charles Wang on his proposed Lighthouse Project, which was eventually killed by the Town of Hempstead in 2010. Rechler and RXR are currently working on a redevelopment plan for the 72 acres that surround the current Nassau Coliseum.

Congressman Tom Suozzi, who was then the county executive of Nassau Coliseum during the Lighthouse Project, was listed at 11 and current county executive and supporter of the Islanders project at Belmont Park, Laura Curren was ranked second by City & State.

Sticking with the Lighthouse/referendum era, New York State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs was fourth on the Power 100. Jacobs was one of the lead opponents to the Islanders 2011 arena referendum and he famously suggested during an interview on WFAN that the Islanders sell personal seat licenses to fund a new building.

Vocal Belmont support and New York State senator Todd Kaminsky was listed seventh by City & State.

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BEAU NO! Islanders Lineup, Matchups & Game Notes vs. Washington



New York Islanders lineup vs Washington

The prospects of Anthony Beauvillier being in the New York Islanders lineup against the Washington Capitals isn’t looking good.

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz did not have an update on Beauvillier when he spoke with reporters this morning. He hoped to have an update on the Islanders’ top-six forward later in the day.

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The loss of Beauvillier would be a loss for the Islanders lineup, who has relied a lot on the top-six for most of its scoring production through the first five games.

“Beau’s obviously an integral part of our offense,” Mathew Barzal said Beauvillier’s potential absence from the Islanders lineup. “He plays the half wall on the power play and brings a dynamic presence with speed that’s tough to find. It’s obviously unfortunate that he’s out, but we have some guys that are going to come in and do their best. That’s all you can ask for right now.”

Through the Islanders’ first five games, they have scored nine goals in that span. Only one of those goals has come from outside of the top-six, and that was Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s goal against Boston on Jan. 18. Since then Only Barzal, Anders Lee,  Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson have scored this year for the Islanders.

For now, Trotz is likely to make a one-for-one switch if Beauvillier isn’t available to play, And while they would like to score more goals, the competitiveness of the games makes it harder to do so.

“For the most part, our game has a lot of substance to it,” Trotz said. “Obviously last game we’d love to have gotten on the scoreboard. We out-chanced them, but we didn’t do enough to find the back of the net and we have to do that a little harder. It’s not easy to score right now. It’s playoff hockey. It’s difficult, especially in this division everyone is in playoff mode.”

Semyon Varlamov will likely get the nod for New York in their first rematch with Washington since they knocked them out of the playoffs last year. There was a good chance that the Islanders lineup would look different at some point this week with the team on a five-game road trip and Trotz hinted that he could change things up over the course of it.

Washington is still without Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Samsonov,  Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov are out of the Caps’ lineup due to COVID-19 protocols. Washington head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t reveal much about his lineup, only saying that Tom Wilson was a game-time decision.

New York Islanders Lineup (Projected)

Anders Lee — Mathew Barzal — Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier — Brock Nelson — Josh Bailey

Michael Dal Colle — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Ross Johnston

Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech — Ryan Pulock

Nick Leddy — Scott Mayfield

Andy Greene — Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov

Ilya Sorokin

Washington Capitals Lineup (Projected)

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Richard Panik — Lars Eller — Tom Wilson

Carl Hagelin — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Daniel Sprong — Michael Sgarbossa — Conor Sheary

Brenden Dillon — John Carlson

Zdeno Chara — Justin Schultz

Jonas Siegenthaler — Trevor van Riemsdyk

Vitek Vanecek

Craig Anderson

Game Notes

At 3-0-3, Washington has six points through their first six games. It’s a feat that they have accomplished only once before. … Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington in both points (7) and goals (4) this season. He was second on the team in points (54) last season as well. … Washington is 6-4-0 in their last 10 games against the Islanders. … Tonight will mark the fifth time the Islanders have faced Washington on the road since Barry Trotz took over as head coach. The Isles have won all four of those previous matchups. … The Islanders have held the edge in faceoffs through their first five games and lead the league with a 58.0 FOW%. … Semyon Varlamov is one of only three goalies in Islanders history to go 3-0-0 in their first four games of the season. He joins the likes of Chris Osgood and Jaroslav Halak.

How to Watch

Today’s game will air on NBCSN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 88.7 FM WRHU and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.

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Chris Lamoriello: ‘We’re Not Ruling Anything Out’ When it Comes to Josh Ho-Sang



Josh Ho-Sang
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Could we see Josh Ho-Sang back in North America in the near future? Don’t rule it out.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers general manager and New York Islanders Islanders assistant general manager Chris Lamoriello indicated that a Ho-Sang return was on the table despite the team loaning him overseas. Ho-Sang is currently playing for Orebro HK in the Swedish Hockey League.

The Islanders announced they had loaned the talented forward to the Swedish hockey team earlier this month.

“Josh is extremely talented, very lucky early in his career to play a number of NHL games,” Lamoriello said during a Zoom call with local media. “At this point, we looked at a number of different options to put him in the best position. … We felt that with our schedule only being 24 games at the American League level, that he would get the chance to get in the lineup quicker and a greater volume of games in a shorter period of time.

“We thought this made a lot of sense. We spoke to him about it and he agreed, and this open-ended too. This isn’t something that will determine his future for this season.”

The Islanders had placed four players overseas with clubs while the NHL had worked to determine how or even if they would conduct a 2022-21 season. Ho-Sang’s situation played out differently, Lamoriello said, because those four players had citizenship in the countries that they played in.

The fact that placement for Josh Ho-Sang materialized later wasn’t out of the ordinary, Lamoriello said.

The Islanders shocked many when it was revealed that he would not be invited to training camp after he signed a 1-year, two-way contract extension this past offseason. Ho-Sang made it known to the organization that he would report to AHL Bridgeport if that’s where they wanted him.

Instead, the Islanders loaned Josh Ho-Sang to Orebro HK after he cleared waivers.

Despite the ups and downs, Lamoriello said that the communication with Ho-Sang had been “excellent.”

“That’s been ongoing, that’s been consistent,” Lamoriello said. “I feel very good about the direction in this type of transaction. Not only with us as an organization, but him as a player. I think it’s been extremely important, as you said, communication that has been had.”

And when asked to clarify about the potential for Ho-Sang to return, Lamoriello again indicated that it could be in the cards.

“We’re not ruling anything out,” Lamoriello said. “That’s why I mentioned it was open-ended. We’re just going to go game to game.”

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Anthony Beauvillier Injury Could Lead to More Lineup Tinkering by Islanders



Anthony Beauvillier

The situation with Anthony Beauvillier is fluid.

The Islanders forward was injured in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils and is currently day-to-day with a lower-body injury. That’s about as detailed as head coach Barry Trotz was willing to get with the media on Monday afternoon.

The Isles are in Washington preparing for their first meeting of the year with the Capitals at Capital One Arena. It will be the first of two games that they’ll see the Caps this week and their first chance to rebound from their second shutout loss of the year.

That task will be made harder, however, when you factor in that Beauvillier may not be in the lineup on Tuesday. The Islanders have been inconsistent offensively, scoring four goals twice this young season and then being shutout in both losses they’ve suffered.

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Now they’ll have to piece together a lineup that can help curb some of the team’s offensive struggles.

“Obviously we might have to do some gymnastics in terms of our roster,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “There’s a lot of parts of our game we do really well. … Teams are locking it down defensively. Goaltenders seem to be sharp. Yeah, we’re looking for an odd goal or two. We’re OK if we can win 1-0. Just don’t like losing 1-0.”

Anthony Beauvillier is the first injury situation that the Islanders have really had to deal with early on this season. The team had a COVID scare last week when Josh Bailey briefly appeared on the COVID protocol list, but he did not miss any games.

Trotz had already tinkered with the Islanders lineup on Sunday, playing Michael Dal Colle in place of the more offensive-minded Kieffer Bellows. Depending on Beauvillier’s status there could be more changes to the lineup, which highlights the importance for everyone to be ready.

“We have success as a group when everyone contributes,” Trotz said. “That’s our top-six. That’s our bottom-six. So when guys come into the lineup, they have to contribute. They just can’t put on the jersey and be part of the team. They’ve got to find ways to contribute. Some guys have to contribute offensively because that’s more of their skill set.

“Some guys have to do it with the physical play or the checking prowess. … Whatever you bring to the table you better bring it.”

Sunday’s appearance was Dal Colle’s first this season for the Islanders. The more seasoned forward had established himself as somewhat of a regular in the lineup, appearing 53 games last season.

Dal Colles said he felt he learned a lot from his year with the Islanders last season, not only during the regular season, but in the playoff bubble as well.

The 24-year-old was happy with the way he and his linemates played against New Jersey, albeit, he admitted they could have gotten off to a faster start. Dal Colle is also very aware of hight tight the competition is for roster spots on a day to day basis.

“Everyone knows every day you’re battling for spots,” Dal Colle said. “Everyone wants to be in the lineup. We have a tone of bodies all with NHL experience. I think we know every day we come to the rink we’re going to need to work hard and push each other. I think (Trotz) is going to put the best lineup he thinks can win. We know that and it starts in practice.”

The Islanders have a pair of more offensively minded forward in youngsters Bellows and Oliver Wahlstrom. The aforementioned Wahlstrom has yet to play this season, but he could be an option with the Islanders’ scoring falling on the top-six of the lineup.

The injury to Anthony Beauvillier could make it harder to adjust that issue.

“I think what you’re finding most of our games one or the other of our top two lines are carrying the load and we’re not getting that complete contribution through the lineup right now,” Trotz said. “When we’re most successful we’re getting, one night it’s the fourth line. The next night it’s the third, but three of the four lines are contributing. Lately, we’ve just had one of the four lines that have had an effect on the game.”

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