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Rosner Wrap: Kieffer Bellows Speaks on Islanders, Scouts in Vancouver & More

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The New York Islanders are in Chicago to face the Blackhawks Tuesday night as they kickstart their second road trip of the season.

The group is firing on all cylinders as they have won three straight, outscoring their elite opponents 14-6. 

Last week, the New York Islanders lost their former 2016 first-round pick Kieffer Bellows to waivers, as the Philadelphia Flyers snatched him up. The 24-year-old goal scorer never found a way to be a consistent NHLer, and this season was not given the chance that he may have needed to build on a strong end to his 2021-22 season.

Kieffer Bellows has played just one game with the Philadelphia Flyers, a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in which he played 11:50 minutes, notching three hits and was a minus-1. 

In an NBC Sports Philadelphia article a few days ago, Kieffer Bellows spoke about the New York Islanders and being placed on waivers:

“It was a decision by Lou to put me on waivers, and we talked about it,” he said. “I respect his decision, he’s got to do what’s best for his team, it’s a business. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for me over the past few years, he has taken care of me. It’s a class-act organization over there. It was sad to leave the guys, it’s such a nice team over there, but I’m excited for this opportunity.”

Kieffer Bellows came into training camp like a man on a mission and just did not show enough of what Lane Lambert and Lou Lamoriello needed to keep him around over players like Nikita Soshnikov and Ross Johnston. 

Did the Islanders expect him to get claimed? Were there plans afterward? 

Regardless, Kieffer Bellows should get a chance to play on a banged-up Flyers team. 

Here are your Islanders stories to know for today:

NYI Hockey Now: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek briefly spoke about the New York Islanders’ strong week on their latest episode of the ’32 Thoughts’ podcast. New York Islanders

NYI Hockey Now: While the Islanders #were trying to find their winning ways, Head coach Lane Lambert scratched two vets. Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier have responded and have helped their team win three straight. New York Islanders

NYI Hockey Now: With still three games against talented hockey teams, in the New York Rangers, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Colorado Avalanche, to close out the month of October, there was a real strong possibility that the Islanders could find themselves in a 2-7-0 hole by the end of the week. But instead, the Islanders won all three. How? New York Islanders

NYI Hockey Now: The 2022 NHL Draft, Day One. The festivities kicked off. The Montreal Canadiens were on the clock. Phones rang. General managers were talking. The New York Islanders likely had something brewing with the Vancouver Canucks. Information spread about an Islanders trade. It was for J.T. Miller. Re-liv what transpired as the New York Islanders are likely not interested in Miller, but maybe someone else as there are scouts in Vancouver. New York Islanders

 

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