The New York Islanders had their first day of on-ice work Thursday. Here are the stories from day 1 along with the latest from around the NHL in today’s daily links!
If you are planning on attending in New York islanders hockey game this upcoming season you must show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test to enter UBS Arena. The Islanders or one of eight teams with this procedure in place. (NYI Hockey Now)
The Islanders welcome their captain back as Anders Lee is healthy after tearing his ACL in mid-March. There will be no limitations for Lee this season as he is 100 percent healthy. (NYI Hockey Now)
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz elected to pair veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara with youngster Noah Dobson to kick off camp. Anatolii Golyshev was placed alongside Anders Lee and Mat Barzal. Richard Panik was alongside Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck. Trotz had his reasons. (NYI Hockey Now)
The Islanders had one player in the organization who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello stated that “that player” will not be playing for the organization and they will find a place for him to play. Head coach Barry Trotz told the media that that said player is prospect Bode Wilde. (NYI Hockey Now)
What did we learn from the Islanders first day camp? Arthur Staple of the Athletic breaks down his observations from the on-ice lines to the interviews following day 1. (The Athletic)
Health has been a major issue for the Islanders over the last two seasons. The good news is that both Anders Lee (ACL) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (hand) are not only skating but are back to 100-percent the first day of camp writes Andrew Gross. Matt Martin, who had surgery on his ankle, is still recovering but there is no concern heading into the season. (Newsday)
The Jack Eichel saga continues in Buffalo as he was stripped of the captaincy. He camp to camp but failed his physical as he and the franchise are still budding heads on the proper surgery to fix his neck. According to sources with National Hockey Now, the asking price is “insane”. (National Hockey Now)
With David Krecji no longer a member of the Boston Bruins, the belief was that Charlie Coyle would fill his role as the second-line center. But Coyle was not coming into camp healthy, as he was wearing a “No Contact” sweater on day 1 of camp. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without star Evgeni Malkin for at least two months says general manager Ron Hextall and head coach Mike Sullivan. But they also added that there is opportunities now for other players to step up and fight for minutes. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
After a lackluster season, the Philadelphia Flyers enter this season with something to prove. No one has more to prove than goaltender Carter Hart, who is coming off a nightmarish season. Captain Claude Giroux is excited by the new faces at camp. (Philly Hockey Now)
The Washington Capitals hit the ice, and were greeted with the infamous skating test under head coach Peter Laviolette, who uses it to see which players are in shape. Veteran Lars Eller was the clear standout during the rigorous exercise. (Washington Hockey Now)
The Florida Panthers were back on the ice for the first time since being eliminated by their in-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning this past postseason. After losing a few members this offseason, their one addition, Sam Reinhart, was slotted on the top line to start camp alongside Sasha Barkov and Carter Verhaege. (Florida Hockey Now)
The Detroit Red Wings have one player who will not get vaccinated and that is Tyler Bertuzzi. Once the information was made public, fans on social media took jabs at the forward. General manager Steve Yzerman addressed Bertuzzi’s decision. (Detroit Hockey Now)
The first day of training camp for the Vegas Golden Knights went rather well. 900 fans were on hand for day 1 and newcomer Nolan Patrick was thrown off guard by the energy at the practice facility. Newcomers Evgenii Dadanov and Matias Janmark skated alongside Patrick throughout day 1. (Vegas Hockey Now)
The Colorado Avalanche met the media after Day 1 of training camp. Nathan Mackinnon spoke following about the chemistry he has with Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen over the last five seasons. He added that even after time away, there was no rust on day 1. (Colorado Hockey Now)
San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner told the media that this camp would be the hardest camp these guys have had in a while as there are definitely eexpectations after a couple of bad seasons. Evander Kane, who is under investigation due to a handful of issues, will not be at camp. (San Jose Hockey Now)
The Vancouver Canucks are given veteran Alex Chiasson a professional tryout, something he has done well with over his career. He believes he can make the Canucks. He’s a fourth line guy, a bigger body, good at the net front power play, he’s won, understands what it takes to win” stated Canucks head coach Travis Green. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
After a rough start in Columbus, Patrik Laine is looking forward to playing to the level he is capable of. He adds that he doesn’t have anything to prove, after seasons of success in Winnipeg. (NHL)
After requesting a trade in July, Vladimir Tarasenko reported for training camp and will play for the St. Louis Blues this season. (NHL)
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