Connect with us

Daily Links

NYHN Daily: Islanders Waive Panik and Hickey, Raty Concerns, & More



New York Islanders viewing party

The New York Islanders finished up their preseason play on Saturday night, as they fell to the New York Rangers 5-4 in overtime. Prior to the game, the Islanders waived two veterans, forward Richard Panik and defenseman 2021 draft pick Aatu Raty has been a healthy scratch for the last two games for Karpat of Liiga, but head coach Barry Trotz is not worried. Islanders forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau should have similar linemates each game, with the third line looking to be a consistent threat.

These stories and more in today’s daily links!

The New York Islanders slimmed down their lineup even further on Saturday, hours before the Isles hosted the New York Rangers in their final preseason game of the year. Thomas Hickey and Richard Panik were both placed on waivers with the two destined for AHL Bridgeport if they clear. Panik was vying for one of the final roster spots, but to no avail. (NYI Hockey Now)

On Friday and Saturday, 18-year old Aatu Raty did not play for Karpat. He was a healthy scratch, which drew many questions from the Islanders faithful about the latest Islanders draftee. Head coach Barry Trotz stated that he was not overly worried seeing this as Karpat has a very good team, shutting down concerns about Raty”s ability to develop overseas. (NYI Hockey Now)

New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz did not consistently dress the same linemates alongside Jean-Gabriel Pageau last season. With the injury to Anders Lee, Pageau saw a revolving door to his left and his right as Trotz trusted Pageau to play consistently through the chaotic situation. But this season, Pageau will get a heavy dose of Zach Parise and Oliver Wahlstrom by his side, which will only positively impact Pageau and the Islanders. (NYI Hockey Now)

Former Islander Chris Wagner, a grinder, was waived by the Boston Bruins on Saturday, along with defenseman John Moore. Wagner did not do much to stand out at preseason, so being waived did not come as much of a surprise. The surprise was seeing Moore go with him. (Boston Hockey Now)

Defenseman Mark Friedman was looking to make the opening night roster for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was a in a two-way battle for a final spot, but bad luck and bad decision saw that battle come to a close. On Tuesday, Friedman blocked a shot in the Penguins preseason game, and while he returned to that game, missed practice on Wednesday. He was unable to play in the preseason game on Thursday.  In the first period of Saturday’s preseason game, Friedman received a game misconduct. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

In a surprising move Saturday, the Washington Capitals waived defenseman Michal Kempny. The 31-year-old blueliner is still working toward getting back into NHL shape following two major surgeries and three injuries in his left leg. (Washington Hockey Now)

There is no question on how important Sasha Barkov is to the Florida Panthers franchise. Panthers general manager Bill Zito knew that as well, as he locked up his superstar center and captain to an eight-year extension. He has grown up in Florida, starting his career with Jaromir Jagr and eight years later has helped the Panthers become a dominant team, on the rise. (Florida Hockey Now)

It was 29 years ago that Manon Rheaume made NHL history, becoming the first woman to play in an NHL game when she suited up for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a preseason game against the St. Louis Blues. The female goaltending pioneer will be back in the NHL as the Lightning visit the Detroit Red Wings to open the 2021-22 on Wednesday as she joins the broadcasting booth. (Detroit Hockey Now)

The Golden Knights fell 4-0 to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. With the roster still not solidified, can Peyton Krebs make the starting lineup? After killing off penalties at only a 70.3% mark in the preseason, is this a sign for concern? These takeaways and more from the loss. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Veteran defenseman Jack Johnson has made the Colorado Avalanche roster. After getting a PTO, both sides have come to an agreement on a contract, a one-year deal likely to be in the $1 million range. That deal will not become official until Monday. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks played quite well in their preseason finale against the Vegas Golden Knights. William Ekland and Jonathan Dahlen shined bright in the win. Here are the game notes from the win. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Although Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Travis Green coached him with the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League, he says his history with Nic Petan has very little to do with the 26-year-old forward’s presence on the current Vancouver Canucks roster. He had to earn a final roster spot, and he has. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

After missing the entire 2020-21 campaign due to an illness, Jonathan Toews was back when training camp began. The captain and two-time Stanley Cup winner is expected to play in the Blackhawks season-opener against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. (NHL)

The Florida Panthers held a moment of silence in honor of U.S. Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, who was their chairman and alternate governor since 2017, before a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, on Saturday. Odierno died Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 67. (NHL)

On Friday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin left the preseason game after sustaining a lower-body injury. After hitting Phialdelphia Flyer Travis Konecny, he left the rink limping and did not return. He will be re-evaluated in the coming days, but losing Ovechkin is not how the Caps wanted to kick off their campaign. (NHL)

On Sept. 8, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sideny Crosby had wrist surgery. He had been skating on his own, with coaches. He was on the ice for morning skate prior to the Penguins preseason game on Saturday and management is encouraged by his progress thus far. (NHL)

On Satuday, the St. Louis Blues and James Neal came to terms on a one-year deal worth $900, 000. Neal was on a professional tryout and performed quite well in preseason to earn a starting gig. (NHL)

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach shared some negative news in an update on Ilya Mikheyev. The forward left Saturday’s preseason game with an upper-body injury, a hand injury, and did not return. After being evaluated, it is expected that he will be out long-term. (TSN)