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NYHN Daily: Islanders Missing Leddy, Eichel To Vegas & More



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The New York islanders are back in action tonight as they are in Montreal to face the struggling Canadiens. Puck drop at 7 pm on MSG+. The Islanders are feeling the loss of Nick Leddy on the blue line. Jack Eichel has been traded to the Vegas Golden Knights.

These stories and more in today’s daily links!

The New York Islanders defense has not been at its best this season. Despite Nick Leddy’s struggles, the Islanders are missing his skating ability. (NYI Hockey Now)

On Sunday, newest Islanders forward Zach Parise returns to Minnesota for the first time since being bought out by them this past offseason. Parise was a Wild for nine seasons. (Newsday)

The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired Buffalo Sabres’ superstar Jack Eichel and a 2023 3rd round pick for Peyton Krebs, Alex Tuch, a first in 2022 and a third in 2023. Eichel still needs neck surgery before playing. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Last week, the Boston Bruins as a team sat down to watch Kyle Beach’s gut-wrenching interview. The Boston Bruins wanted answers from the NHLPA for the role they played. (Boston Hockey Now)

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Kris Letang had been on the shelf battling COVID-19. He was not asymptomatic, dealing with the systems for four to five days and spoke to the media on what he went through. His symptoms were considered mild. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Tonight Chase Priskie will make his NHL debut as a member of his hometown team, the Florida Panthers. Priskie becomes the first home grown South Florida native to suit up for the Panthers in franchise history. (Florida Hockey Now)

Connor Sheary has been the Washington Capitals’ best player so far in the young season. Sheary agrees to a two-year extension in April and has been making the most of his opportunities. (Washington Hockey Now)

Through 10 games, William Nylander and Michael Bunting have been the best players for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are their player grades along with the rest of the rosters. (Toronto Hockey Now)

The Montreal Canadiens have struggled mightily out of the gate to the point where general manager Mark Bergevin went and spoke to the players in the locker room. Following his talk, the team held a players-only meeting. What was said is kept behind closed doors, but can it have an impact? (Montreal Hockey Now)

Tyler Bertuzzi will return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup tonight but the status of his center, Dylan Larkin, is still to be determined. Bertuzzi didn’t play for Detroit during their two games in Canada because he is unvaccinated and not allowed to cross the border. (Detroit Hockey Now)

Colorado’s leading goal-scorer right now is J.T. Compher, a depth forward who has been part of the Avs franchise since 2016. He’s getting chances on the top line mow and may stay there depending if Mikko Rantanen remains out. (Colorado Hockey Now)

If the San Jose Sharks keep their play up, they will be playoff bound. Mario Ferraro has been playing great, and it was a need as Marc-Eduard Vlasic’s play has been on a rapid decline. (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Vancouver Canucks are off to a 4-5-1 start to the young season. Here are the five best players so far this season. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

Prior to the Buffalo Sabres agreeing to a deal with the Vegas Golden Knights for Jack Eichel, the Calgary Flames seemed to be the team given what they offered. Sources confirmed that Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan were on the table as potential pieces. (Calgary Hockey Now)

The Carolina Hurricanes are now 9-0-0 to start the season after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Wednesday. Seth Jarvis netted his first NHL goal while Frederik Andersen was strong yet again as Carolina erased a two-goal deficit to win. (NHL)

Alex Ovechkin is not playing like a 36-year old forward this season. He has turned back the clock as he continues to climb the NHL’s all-time goals list. He has nine goals in nine games, and is leading the NHL. (NHL)

Long-time Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne will be having his #35 sent today the rafters on Feb. 24 at Bridgestone Arena. Rinne becomes the first player to have his number retired by the organization. (NHL)