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NYHN Daily Links: Isles Staying Cautious, Breaking Down Sorokin’s Play & More



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In a season without a bubble, the New York Islanders are going to do what they can to say safe as they follow strict restrictions, which is especially true following the news out of Dallas, Columbus and Pittsburgh. Not even a week into training camp, Ilya Sorokin has shown that he has all the necessary tools to be successful at the NHL level. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

During last year’s playoffs, the NHL saw zero players test positive for COVID-19. But in a season without a bubble, the New York Islanders will have to be cautious with a greater chance of exposure. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders netminder Ilya Sorokin is looking to make a splash in his first season in the NHL. After just four days at camp, it is evident he has the tools to be effective at the NHL level. (NYI Hockey Now)

With the loss of Johnny Boychuk and Devon Toews, Nick Leddy and Scott Mayfield are working hard to become a strong defensive pairing for this Islander club. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Islanders made a depth signing at the goaltender position on Friday night. Goaltender Francis Marotte announced he signed a deal with the Isles organization. (NYI  Hockey Now)

As we start the weekend, Arthur Staple discusses the Mat Barzal dilemma, along with the high praise that the young players on this team are getting from their head coach. (The Athletic)

Six Dallas Stars players and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, pushing back the start of their season and impacting several other teams’ schedules. (Dallas Morning News)

The Tampa Bay Lightning are reversing their policy of having fans in the building to start the season. With COVID-19 cases spiking in the area, the Lightning will not allow fans into the arena until at least  Feb. 5. (Tampa Bay Times

Corey Crawford is on leave from the New Jersey Devils due to a personal matter. He has support from his new teammates during this difficult time. (NY Post

Brandon Saad of the Colorado Avalanche states that his new team reminds him of the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup teams, which he was a part of. (Colorado Hockey Now)

As the Dallas Stars are handing positive COVID-19 tests, their season-opener against the Florida Panthers has been postponed. (FLA Hockey Now)

Legendary hockey broadcaster Mike Lange will not be in the booth for the Pittsburgh Penguins when the season begins. After conferring with doctors, the 72-year old is waiting for the vaccine before returning to work. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Our friends out west try to figure out what forwards will be on the ice for the San Jose Sharks opening night. (San Jose Hockey Now