Yesterday afternoon, the New York Islanders held their first day of training camp. While the on-ice drills will begin today, the team is geared up and ready to get to work. Head coach Barry Trotz, along with thirteen of his players, spoke to the media about last year’s finish and their feelings about this upcoming season.
While the Mat Barzal contract saga looms on, Trotz and his team voice their eagerness to get to work. That and more on today’s daily links!
With on-ice work beginning tomorrow, the Islanders’ rising star Mat Barzal is still without a contract. The belief that a deal would be completed prior to the start of camp has not come to fruition. But Barzal’s teammates are confident that it is just a matter of time before number 13 gets on the ice with the rest of his teammates. (NYI Hockey Now)
It wasn’t all Barzal talk when the Islanders met the media on Sunday. There was plenty of excitement about the arrival of Ilya Sorokin and the opportunities on the blue line. (NYI Hockey Now)
In Barzal’s absence, Trotz explained that there are extra opportunities for players. In her latest, Mollie Walker writes about the Islanders’ confidence in Barzal’s sooner than later arrival and how his teammates view him as an important piece to winning. (NYPost)
Another day, another deep dive into the roster from Arthur Staple. He continued his question conquest yesterday, as he asked and answered questions for each of the Islanders defensemen and netminders. (The Athletic)
The Pittsburg Penguins locked up second-year defenseman John Marino to a six-year, $24.4 million deal. Even after earning top-four minutes through 56 NHL games, the 23-year old is eager to improve his game in year two. (PGH Hockey Now)
The Colorado Avalanche’s fourth overall selection in 2019, Bowen Byram, will start the season on the roster as he continues to impress with Team Canada at the 2020 IIHF Tournament. (COL Hockey Now)