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NYHN Daily: Islanders Lose Anders Lee For Rest of Season & More



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The New York Islanders received the devastating news last night that Anders Lee had torn his ACL and will need surgery, leaving him out of the lineup until next season. Given his goal-scoring this season, the Islanders need to make a move at the trade deadline to replace Lee. These stories and more in today’s daily links!

Any hope of Anders Lee making a return to the New York Islanders lineup this year was dashed on Wednesday morning by general manager Lou Lamoriello. The team’s captain and leading goal scorer will undergo surgery this week to fix an ACL injury and will not return for the remainder of the season. (NYI Hockey Now)

Even before the New York Islanders found out they would be without forward Anders Lee for the rest of the season, general manager Lou Lamoriello seemed poised to make a move before the April 12 NHL trade deadline. That seems all but certain now with the Islanders needing to fill a major hole in their lineup. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz was not being subtle when it came to the message he was trying to send to Mathew Barzal on Tuesday. It was a penalty late in the second period that Mathew Barzal took on Tuesday that directly led to a crucial Washington goal in the Isles 3-1 loss at Capital One Arena. (NYI Hockey Now)

After announcing that Anders Lee would be having surgery to repair a torn ACL this week, Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello acknowledged that losing the Isles captain for the rest of the season has altered his deadline plans. Arthur Staple gives us five things to look for in the wake of Lamoriello’s comments. (The Athletic)

The Islanders had been on a 12-game point streak before losing to the Capitals on Tuesday. Lamoriello said he likes his team as it is and will be “very careful” not to disrupt its chemistry by adding new players. No matter what he does, he will be unable to replace what has been lost. (Newsday)

As it turned, Boston Bruins rookie goaltender Dan Vladar was exactly what the struggling hockey club needed. The 23-year-old netminder was brilliant in his first career NHL start while stopping 34 shots. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers had one of their worst losses in franchise history, let alone the season, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. A 9-0 loss to the Rangers set a few infamous franchise records. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ rapid burn through the East Division over the past 15 games has shown the Penguins strengths and weaknesses. Both are quite evident, just as the obvious lack of moveable assets. The Penguins won’t be shopping on the top shelf for any help at the April 12 NHL trade deadline. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

When it comes to NHL awards, the Florida Panthers do not have a long nor deep history of winning. Based on the first half of this season, however, that could change. (Florida Hockey Now)

There was a role reversal in the Vegas Golden Knights win over the San Jose Sharks last night as Ryan Reaves scored a clutch goal while his teammates brawled. (Vegas Hockey Now)

It was an optional skate today and not much was revealed in the way of who all was on the ice. We do know that missing defensemen Cale Makar and Bo Byram, as well as forward J.T. Compher were all on the ice when Avs head coach Jared Bednar addressed the media. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Kyle, Erik, and JD react to the San Jose Sharks blowing a 3-1 lead to the Vegas Golden Knights on the latest Locked On Sharks Podcast. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad breaks out of slump with NHL-record-tying outburst in the 9-0 win over the Flyers last night writes Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

Taylor Hall could be traded by the Buffalo Sabres prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on April 12, general manager Kevyn Adams said Wednesday. (

The Vegas Golden Knights scored four in the third period to rally past the San Jos Sharks. (

The Sabres fired head coach Ralf Krueger, which is only the first step in turning this franchise around. (

The Chicago Blackhawks are not in market for rentals at the NHL Trade Deadline, GM Stan Bowman said. (

Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said Wednesday he never considered pulling Jacob Markstrom during the team’s 7-3 blowout loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Markstrom was beat seven times on 30 shots in Wednesday’s game, but Sutter doesn’t believe in making goalie changes in-game. (

The NHL’s top two scorers helped unleash the Edmonton Oilers’ firepower in a 7-3 romp Wednesday over the host Calgary Flames. (

Trade Bait: Examining the NHL’s buyers and sellers ahead of TradeCentre (