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Like everyone else reading this, I’m excited to finally see hockey return this week. It’s been too long without seeing any action on the ice.

What’s equally as exciting is this marks the beginning of NYI Hockey Now and top-shelf coverage of the New York Islanders.

For the last 10 years – crazy to even write that – I’ve covered the Islanders for a number of different outlets, but this is the most exciting endeavor yet. NYI Hockey Now will be your 24/7 stop for everything you’d need and want to know about the Islanders.

NYI Hockey Now is part of National Hockey Now, a growing network of team-specific sites with outposts in Pittsburgh, Colorado, Boston, Florida and San Jose. Now they’ve planted a flag here in New York with more sites coming as well.

And the launch couldn’t come at a better time as the Islanders begin their quest for a fifth Stanley Cup, in one of the most unique circumstances anyone has ever seen. NYI Hockey Now will bring you the latest news, pre and post-game reports, analysis, features and everything in between to connect you the fans to the Islanders during the playoffs.

We even have a reporter you probably know IN TORONTO to cover the games in-person. Hello Rob Simpson, formerly of the NHL Network.

Going forward, we’ll be at practices, every home game, and on the road as much as possible with the Islanders. We’ll do weekly reader mailbags and Q&As. We’ll keep you updated with what’s going on up in Bridgeport with the Sound Tigers and we’ll have a ton of fun doing it along the way.

It’s been my dream since high school to cover hockey and for the past 10 years, I’ve gotten the opportunity to do that, and witness some incredible highs and lows in Islander history. Now I get to continue that and bring you the best freemium coverage I can possibly give.

My hope is you subscribe for a nominal fee and help support coverage for an underserved (and sometimes disrespected) fanbase that I know craves quality content about their team. Give us a follow as well @NYIHockeyNow and @C_Arnold01 on Twitter and like us at NYI Hockey Now on Facebook.

As the great Samuel L. Jackson once said, “hold onto your butts.”

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He’s Back! Josh Ho-Sang Returns to Islanders on 1-Year Deal

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Josh Ho-Sang

If you thought Josh Ho-Sang’s time with the New York Islanders was over, guess again.

The Islanders and Josh Ho-Sang came to terms on a 1-year contract extension on Tuesday and avoided an arbitration hearing which had been scheduled for Friday. The short-term deal is worth $700,000 if he plays in the NHL and $200,000 if he ends up in Bridgeport, according to Elliotte Friedman who first reported the news on Tuesday morning.

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Ho-Sang has had a rocky history with the Islanders since the organization drafted him 29th overall in 2014. The now 24-year-old forward has struggled to crack the Islanders lineup and his outspoken nature has often caused himself headaches.

Josh Ho-Sang requested a trade last season and was told by Islanders general manager not to report to AHL Bridgeport while they worked to find a place to send him. The naturally skilled forward did end up reporting to Bridgeport after the Islanders failed to move him and they eventually loaned Ho-Sang to St. Louis’ AHL team in San Antonio.

Ho-Sang has appeared in 53 NHL games with the Islanders and registered seven goals and 17 assists in that span.

Both the Islanders decision to send Ho-Sang a qualifying offer and then Ho-Sang’s decision to file for arbitration surprised many people. Lamoriello sounded perplexed several weeks ago when he was asked about it during a media conference call on Zoom.

“I’m sure you’re all aware that he filed for arbitration, which I was very surprised at,” Lamoriello said at the time. “We’ll have to see what the future brings.”

It’s unclear what role the Islanders envision for Ho-Sang going into next season.

In addition, the Islanders also announced that A.J. Greer had signed a one-year contract as well. Greer was acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in a trade that saw the Islanders send Kyle Burroughs to the Mile High City.

Greer had been a restricted free agent.

Fellow RFA defensemen Mitch Vande Sompel and Parker Wotherspoon signed two-year contract extensions on Tuesday as well.

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Free Agency

What Will Mat Barzal’s Next Contract Look Like? | NYHN+

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Mat Barzal of the New York Islanders

It is the question that is on every New York Islanders fans’ mind. When will Mat Barzal be re-signed by the Islanders and what will that contract look like?

The 23-year-old Islanders star is due for a pay raise and the team is under a major cap crunch at the moment with just $8.9 million left for next season to work with to re-sign Barzal, fellow restricted free agent Ryan Pulock and possibly some unrestricted free agents. The NHL’s flat salary cap for the foreseeable future also throws a rather unique twist into the already complicated Barzal equation.

Right now the Islanders priority is clearing cap space so that they can work out a deal with Barzal. As has been reported here and various other outlets, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Andrew Ladd and Leo Komarov are all contracts that could be moved to free up space.

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All of those carry a sizable cap hit and general manager Lou Lamoriello needs to clear at least one or two of those to have some wiggle room to work. That is what has held up the rest of the Islanders offseason plans, including re-signing their most valuable piece.

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Hockey Night in New York

PODCAST: Taking Your New York Islanders Questions

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New York Islanders podcast Hockey Night in New York

In addition to covering the New York Islanders here at NYI Hockey Now, I co-host a weekly radio show and podcast called Hockey Night in New York, with Sean Cuthbert. The show airs live every Sunday night at 9 p.m. and is available on all major podcast platforms immediately after the show ends.

This week on Hockey Night in New York, Sean and I took listener questions on everything from the depth of the prospect pool in Bridgeport to should the New York Islanders look at breaking up the “best fourth line in hockey.”

You can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts here or follow us on Spotify here.

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