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NYHN Daily: Islanders’ Wahlstrom Situation, Trade Breakdowns & More



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The New York Islanders look to bounce back against the New York Rangers tonight after losing to their cross-town rivals on Friday. Islanders young forward Oliver Wahlstrom continues to be out of the lineup as head coach Barry Trotz gives some clarity on the situation. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

With the acquisition of Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac, head coach Barry Trotz has kept Oliver Wahlstrom out of the lineup. He explained his decision. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said he is comfortable with the group he has right now but is always looking. (Newsday)

Islanders coach Barry Trotz could construct new line combinations for tonight’s rematch against the Rangers. He certainly tried to get a sneak peek at potential trios in the third period of Friday night’s 4-1 loss. (Newsday)

Not only did the Boston Bruins lose to the desperate Philadelphia Flyers, but they lost defenseman Matt Grzelcyk again to injury. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins reportedly cleared cap space on Saturday, about 48 hours before the Monday NHL trade deadline. The Penguins cleared about $2.3 million of figurative space by putting defenseman Juuso Riikola and forward Colton Sceviour on waivers, per Sportsnet report Chris Johnston. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers kept their slim playoff hopes alive on Saturday, but they could still be sellers ahead of Monday’s deadline. One of the main pieces that they could sell is Scott Laughton. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers are close to bringing in talented forward Nikita Gusev after his contract with the New Jersey Devils was terminated per a report from Chris Johnston of Hockey Night in Canada. (Florida Hockey Now)

The first article of the Top Five Players the Vegas Golden Knights Should Not Trade For was so popular, I’ve decided to do a sequel with three more names to avoid at the NHL trade deadline. (Vegas Hockey Now)

“Doooooooooooob.” That will soon be heard at Ball Arena, just like “Groooooooob.” Yes, Devan Dubnyk, the guy you always loved to hate, is now a member of the Colorado Avalanche. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Will Kurtis Gabriel be on the move? Per Elliotte Friedman, don’t be surprised if the San Jose Sharks deal Gabriel at the Trade Deadline. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Auston Matthews scored a hat trick and picked up an assist as he becomes the first player this season to pass the 30-goal mark. He ended the night with 31 and a helped the Maple Leafs to a victory over the Ottawa Senators. (NHL)

The Canucks can return to play on April 16, as the NHL season has been extended to May 16. (NHL)

We have had some trades so far. Check out the NHL Trade Tracker. (NHL)

Defenseman David Savard ended up in Tampa after a multi-team deal yesterday. Read all about this wild trade. (TSN)

The Panthers have acquired defenseman Brandon Montour from Sabres. (TSN)

Rittich, Bennett and Ryan could move as Flames embark on new chapter. (TSN)

Countdown to TradeCentre: Kings continue contract talks with UFAs (TSN)

NHL Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Top Players and Teams Entering 2021 Deadline (Bleacher Report)

Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets is expected to be traded before Monday’s trade deadline and according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Minnesota Wild are emerging as a serious contender. (NHL Trade Rumors)

The Anaheim Ducks management team’s phone has been busy these past few weeks as teams across the NHL have called the team asking about the future of captain Ryan Getzlaf. (NHL Trade Rumors)

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Riley Nash on Friday in a very ‘creative’ deal and according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, another move should soon follow. General manager Kyle Dubas has been working the phones trying to find dance partners and after the Columbus deal, the Leafs GM appears to be on the verge of another move. (NHL Trade Rumors)