Monday morning, the New York Islanders took the ice at Northwell Ice Center for their first on-ice workout of the year. RFA Mat Barzal was included on the official training camp roster yet did not make an appearance. While the contract talk occurs behind closed doors, Ilya Sorokin made his Islanders media debut. These stories and more on today’s daily links!
Shorter training camps could cause panic for some NHL teams, but for the New York Islanders, they know how to get ready in a short period of time. The team faced a similar scenario last season as they prepared for the 2019-2020 playoffs. (NYIHockeyNow)
The media caught up with fourth-liner Cal Clutterbuck, who missed 30 games last season due to a skate laceration. While he did return in late February and take part in the entirety of last year’s playoff run, Clutterbuck stated that his hand is getting better but is not “normal” just yet. (NYIHockeyNow)
Despite no deal to report on the Mat Barzal front, Arthur Staple provides more context into the situation. Barzal completed his physical Sunday, is on the training camp roster, just with no deal in hand. Could he get a deal similar to that of Blue Jackets’ Pierre Luc Dubois? (The Athletic)
Even with a new season set to begin, the Islanders are still feeling the pain of falling two wins shy of an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. While the wound hasn’t healed, the team learned valuable lessons in the bubble, lessons that will help them this season. (NY Post)
After undergoing sports hernia surgery back in September, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand plans to be back by opening night. He was in a no-contact jersey today at training camp and is feeling about 80 percent healthy. (BOSHockeyNow)
Is COVID-19 to blame for five Colorado Avalanche players suddenly being deemed unfit to participate at camp yesterday? This comes just a day after head coach Jared Bednar stated that everyone was healthy and had quarantined. (COLHockeyNow)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are following in the footsteps of other NHL teams as they add sponsors to their helmets. PPG, who sponsors the arena in which the team plays, will have their logo represented on both the team’s home and away helmets. (PGHockeyNow)