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The New York Islanders are in Boston tonight for the first of a back-to-back. Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo toured UBS Arena and spoke about its importance for the island. Braydon Coburn told the media that it was an easy decision to come to the Islanders. These stories and more in today’s daily links!

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on Long Island on Wednesday touting the New York Islanders new arena and the development at Belmont Park as a sign of how New York will come out even better in a post-COVID-19 world. (NYI Hockey Now)

For Braydon Coburn, it was an easy decision to join the Islanders. The newest member of the club said he is ready to play any role that they need him to play while he is on the team. (NYI Hockey Now)

Winning the Stanley Cup last season with the Lightning after being a member of two teams that lost in the Cup Final has only fueled Braydon Coburn’s desire to lift the trophy again. The 36-year-old defenseman, acquired from the Senators late Sunday night for a seventh-round pick in 2022, believes he has that chance with the Islanders. (Newsday)

The New York Islanders announced today that forward Collin Adams has agreed to terms on a two-year, two-way contract beginning in 2021-22. (Islanders)

The Boston Bruins are expecting to return to some level of normalcy with their goaltender now that Tuukka Rask is on track for a return to game action. Rask and rookie netminder Jeremy Swayman were the two goaltenders at Bruins practice at Warrior Ice Arena on Wednesday morning with rookie Dan Vladar having been sent back to Providence this week. (Boston Hockey Now)

The final phase of the Pittsburgh Penguins season began on Wednesday. It was the team’s first practice since the NHL trade deadline on Monday and the Penguins acquisition of C/RW Jeff Carter. And yes, we specifically wrote the slashed position description. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers are in purgatory. They didn’t live up to expectations this season and don’t have a lot of flexibility with their roster. Chuck Fletcher did what he could at the trade deadline, but there wasn’t much out there. Fletcher may have another big offseason ahead of him, however. (Philly Hockey Now)

Joel Quenneville was on the Joe Rose Show Wednesday morning and the Florida Panthers coach was asked what nickname he would give Frank Vatrano. He said he likes “Frank The Tank,’’ from the Will Farrell character in ‘Old School,’ but there is one which really seems to fit. (Florida Hockey Now)

Devan Dubnyk, career victory No. 251. That was Adrian Dater’s takeaway from the Avalanche’s 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Missouri. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Max Pacioretty led the Vegas Golden Knights with a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win over the LA Kings on Wednesday night. Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves for the win and recorded another milestone for the veteran netminder. Fleury is now all alone in fourth place all-time with 485 wins. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The Locked on Sharks podcast breaks down the bad loss to the Anaheim Ducks. The boys discuss where the offense has gone, if Erik Karlsson had a bad night and Josef Kořenář’s starting debut. All this and more on the show. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Connor Brown had his goal streak end at eight games for the Ottawa Senators in a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday. (NHL)

Marc-Andre Fleury moved into fourth place on the NHL all-time wins list with his 485th victory when the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 at Staples Center on Wednesday. (NHL)

The Colorado Avalanche are the top team in the NHL.com Super 16 power rankings for a second straight week. (NHL)

Philipp Grubauer will be out at least two weeks after the goalie was placed in the NHL COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday. (NHL)

The Vancouver Canucks face a difficult situation as they return from a COVID-19 outbreak. They have one day of practice before they face the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. J.T. Miller was not too fond of having a game after just one practice. (NHL)

Jack Eichel is out for the season for the Buffalo Sabres because of a herniated disk in his neck. The center is expected to be ready for next season. (NHL)

Ben Bishop and Alexander Radulov are out for the season for the Dallas Stars. The goalie and the forward are expected to be ready for the start of next season. (NHL)

The Calgary Flames pulled to within three points of the Montreal Canadiens in the race for the final North Division playoff spot with their 4-1 win when the two teams played each other on Wednesday. Though the Canadiens have three games in hand on Calgary, center Nick Suzuki pushed the team to have urgency as they look to hold their position. (TSN)

 

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