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The New York Islanders Will Be A Force This Year

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

While battling in a difficult division in 2021, the Isles again earned a playoff spot and won their first-round showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins, then lost again to Tampa Bay.

But the most crucial thing they did was prove the previous two years were no fluke, and that the days of disregarding the Islanders were at an end. And now, as they prepare to begin the 2021-22 campaign, the Isles no longer are considered an underdog.

If their health holds up, they’re going to be one of the favorites to win the highly competitive Metropolitan Division, and nothing less than a return trip to the Eastern Final will suffice.

For a team that has almost always been the hunter, the Islanders now are the hunted. And despite the accompanying pressure that always comes along with being a top dog, that change in status is a great thing for them.

The turnabout in fortunes may have happened at the precise time veteran NHL GM Lou Lamoriello took over the Isles’ reins and he hired Cup-winning head coach Barry Trotz away from the Washington Capitals, but the Islanders’ improvement hasn’t all been about management.

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Report-  Zdeno Chara Will Be Joining The New York Islanders

via Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

Big Z is heading home.

According to ESPN's Kevin Weekes, Zdeno Chara is returning to the New York Islanders on a one-year contract.

Chara, 44, began his career with the Islanders in 1997-98, spending four seasons with the team before getting traded to Ottawa in 2001 in a deal that sent Alexei Yashin to Long Island.

Chara played 55 of 56 games for Washington last season, recording two goals and 10 points in a reduced role for the team. Chara spent 14 years with the Boston Bruins before that, serving as captain for the entirety of his tenure while winning a Stanley Cup and a Norris Trophy.

added 11:59am, NYI release is below.

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The New York Islanders Sign Four Players

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An Eight-Year Deal For Adam Pelech And The New York Islanders

New York Islanders press release,

The New York Islanders announced today that Adam Pelech has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract.

Pelech, scored 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 56 games last season with the Islanders. He added five points (one goal, four assists) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games, as the Islanders advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the second consecutive year. The Toronto, ON native finished second on the Islanders in total ice-time during the 2021 playoffs; he also ranks second on the team in that category during the Islanders last three consecutive playoff years, encompassing nine rounds and 49 games.

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Barry Trotz Today

from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

Barry Trotz spoke an NHL truth when he noted the devastated group of players in the dressing room following the Islanders’ 1-0 loss to the Lightning in Friday night’s Game 7 of their semifinal series at Amalie Arena will not be the group that opens training camp in September.

Annual change is a part of life in the NHL, particularly under a hard salary cap. And very particularly true under a flat, $81.5 million salary cap that is a lingering effect of the COVID-19-induced financial ruin the league suffered without fans in the arenas for a good portion of this season.

So, the offseason question becomes, how many players depart and how radical is the roster reshaping? Remember, this is a franchise that has had the same core group of players pre-dating the Lou Lamoriello/Trotz era, even with John Tavares departing for the Maple Leafs via free agency in 2018.

"It’s just a lot of pain because they gave it their all," Trotz said after the Islanders were eliminated by the Lightning one round short of their first Stanley Cup Final berth since 1984 for the second straight season. "There’s some guys that are playing that are beat up, worn out, hurt and they just keep going. There’s a bond between all the players that is really strong.

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Video- Game 7 Recap Of Lightning/Islanders

1:41 to watch.

 

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The New York Islanders Were Close

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They took the semifinals and the defending champs to the limit, to Game 7, to the final frenzied minute, in which the Islanders swarmed around and in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy’s net, desperately looking for the puck and the bounce that could extend their magic carpet ride into one more overtime.

But the puck never came, neither did the bounce, nor did the goal. For the second straight season, a loss in the semifinals. For the second straight season, a loss to the Lightning. For the second straight year, heartache on the Island.

It was 1-0 in this Game 7, perhaps the cruelest score of all, which was manufactured in the cruelest way imaginable. Because it was a Yanni Gourde shorthanded goal in the second minute of the second period that did the Islanders dirty, Tampa Bay exploiting their one significant weakness.

That weakness? The Islanders’ power play, which went 1-for-17 in the series and thus finished the seven-game joust no more than even for its 24:15 of work. It always finds you, doesn’t it?

Of course, the Islanders should be proud of themselves.

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Videos- Recapping The Lightning/Islanders Game From Last Night

Another video is below.

 

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“Good Stuff” On Long Island

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Only at Nassau Coliseum could the home team’s biggest goal since the New York Islanders last played for the Stanley Cup in 1984 be greeted with a golden shower. At least it was beer.

In any other National Hockey League arena, bombing your own players with beer cans is a dangerous sign of anger and unhappiness. At “The Coli,” it was a sign Wednesday of pure, unbridled euphoria.

Anthony Beauvillier, who hadn’t scored in 10 playoff games, intercepted Blake Coleman’s pass across his own slot and wristed a puck past Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy at 1:08 of overtime to give the Islanders a 3-2 win and extend the Stanley Cup semi-final series to Game 7 and, perhaps, extend the lifespan of the quirkiest, most antiquated, beer-soaked arena in the NHL.

And then it was Miller time.

Told a few days ago by coach Barry Trotz to fight for his inches, Beauvillier took a mile by completing the Islanders’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit in Game 6 against the Stanley Cup champions.

“It feels amazing, to be honest,” Beauvillier, the fifth-year Islander, told reporters. “That building coming into overtime was smelling like cigarettes and now it smells like beers. I mean, that place was going crazy. Everyone’s happy we’re going back to Tampa.”

“That was amazing,” Islanders centre Mat Barzal said after setting up the first two New York goals. “We got that first one and (the fans) just got riled up. And obviously in overtime, I’ve never seen anything like that. A little dangerous. You don’t see that too often, so we embrace it and that’s the Islander faithful. They’re passionate and they get excited. It was good stuff.”

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The New York Islanders Force A Game 7

With a 3-2 OT win.

Game 7 is Friday in Tampa.

OT, GWG is below.

added 11:16pm, longer video 0f OT goal is below.

added 11:20pm, Kucherov injury is below.  added 11:28pm, highlights are below...

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