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Rosner’s Wrap: Cory Schneider Call-Up, Beauvillier’s Confidence & More

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The New York Islanders are in Buffalo Tuesday night to take on the Sabres. On Monday the Islanders recalled goaltender Cory Schneider on an emergency basis as Semyon Varlamov remains in COVID-19 protocol. Anthony Beauvillier has looked more like himself while playing on the fourth line and has his confidence up a bit.

These stories and more in today’s Rosner’s Wrap.

On the Island

With New York Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov in COVID-19 protocol after a positive test before puck drop against the Calgary Flames this past Saturday, the New York Islanders have announced that goaltender Cory Schneider has been recalled from Bridgeport (AHL) on an emergency basis. (NYI Hockey Now)

As New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz stated during media availability following Monday’s practice, there is still belief in this roster given the potential of many guys, despite most not living up to them in 2021-22. Anthony Beauviller has been one of those players and his game seems to be heading in the right direction after a stint on the fourth line. (NYI Hockey Now)

Whether it has been on the offensive side or the defensive side of the puck, New York Islanders goaltenders have not been given the support they have needed to be at their best. The need to be perfect is getting to them. (NYI Hockey Now)

Around the National Hockey Now Boards

The Boston Bruins will get some bodies back this week as Patrice Bergeron, Matt Grzelcyk and Urho Vaakanainen all returned to practice on Monday after taking Sunday completely off the ice. Bergeron skated in a no-contact jersey after missing the last two games with an upper body injury following an awkward with Sidney Crosby that knocked him backwards into the boards, but won’t play on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers. (Boston Hockey Now)

This is the career arc that drove the Toronto Maple Leafs just a little bit crazy. After 20 goals in 2018-19, under head coach Mike Babcock, Kasperi Kapanen had a free fall to 13 goals and an unsteady position in the blue and white lineup the following season. The Pittsburgh Penguins and head coach Mike Sullivan are getting a taste of the frustration as Kapanen muddles through the 2021-22 season. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers became a little more watchable Monday as they recalled 22-year-old center Morgan Frost from the AHL’s Phantoms. Frost will likely center the third line Tuesday in Pittsburgh, where Sidney Crosby will aim for his 500th career goal. (Philly Hockey Now)

For two months, Florida Panthers forward Owen Tippett went without a goal. It was not for lack of trying. Tippett was getting to the right areas and getting his shots off, but seemingly hit the post every time. “It’s uncharacteristic for him,” interim coach Andrew Brunette said. “His whole career, his whole life, he’s been scoring. His shots are just not going in right now, and I think for him, it’s just about confidence. When you’re a scorer and you miss chances, you’re always getting down. (Florida Hockey Now)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is aware of the problems plaguing his team of late. It has led to a stretch of inconsistency that he has rarely seen over his 13-year tenure in D.C. Since the new year, Washington has been playing what head coach Peter Laviolette called “.500 hockey” on Monday. (Washington Hockey Now)

The Montreal Canadiens roster purge through the NHL trade market has begun. After weeks of being in the eye of NHL trade rumors, winger Tyler Toffoli is headed to the Calgary Flames to be reunited with Darryl Sutter. According to Sportsnet Insider Elliotte Friedman, the Montreal Canadiens have traded Toffoli to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 2022 first-round pick, 2023 fifth-round pick, forward Tyler Pitlick, and prospect Emil Heineman. (Montreal Hockey Now)

A decision has been made by Vegas Golden Knights Kelly McCrimmon and a very important one at that. On Monday the Golden Knights general manager announced two major statements regarding the team. “Today the hockey club has two announcements to make. The first is that Mark Stone will be going on LTIR effective today… the second piece of news here today is that Jack Eichel will make his Vegas Golden Knights debut on Wednesday against Colorado,” (Vegas Hockey Now)

Been on the phone a lot today with several sources of mine throughout the NHL, with advanced insight into the potential trade of Claude Giroux to the Avalanche by the Philadelphia Flyers by the March 21st deadline. Here’s what I can report, with confidence: (Colorado Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks welcome back Evander Kane to SAP Center, a little more than a month after the Sharks terminated his contract. But Kane got the last laugh tonight, as his new mates shut out the Sharks 3-0. There was no video tribute played for Kane in his return. (San Jose Hockey Now)

It basically just means the Vancouver Canucks strongest NHL Pacific Division rival just got stronger. It also means Canucks fans might be irked again thinking about the financial reasons for letting Toffoli walk out of Vancouver in the summer of 2020. $4.25-million, the annual average value of the deal he signed that summer with the Montreal Canadiens, is not an obnoxious cap hit for what Toffoli does in general and is capable of in the postseason IF you’re a playoff team. And there-in lies the rub. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

The NHL trade deadline is still weeks away, but the Calgary Flames did some early purchasing, acquiring Tyler Toffoli from the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. It’s easy to understand why – Toffoli is an ideal fit. He’s an undisputed top-six talent with two more years on his current contract. A proven goal-scorer, Toffoli also identifies with the Flames brand of 200-foot hockey. (Calgary Hockey Now)

 

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