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The Cap Situation For The New York Islanders

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Can Lou Lamoriello pull it off?

There was no way the New York Islanders could survive the 2020 off-season unscathed. Top center Mathew Barzal, top defenseman Ryan Pulock and key puck-moving blueliner Devon Toews were RFAs and, thanks the flat salary cap of $81.5 million, the Isles couldn’t afford to re-sign even two of them, let alone all three. Whether Barzal was going to settle for a mid-term deal or a max-term deal, it was always going to cost a significant investment to lock him up: maybe Jack Eichel money at a $10-million AAV in a pre-COVID world and at least $8 million annually in a flat-cap world.

So GM Lou Lamoriello couldn’t keep all his RFAs. He punted Toews to the Colorado Avalanche for second-round picks in 2021 and 2022. That left Barzal and Pulock as the priority RFAs.

Now Pulock’s deal is done. He inked a two-year bridge deal at a $5-million AAV Wednesday. For Pulock: it’s fantastic. He gets a significant raise and will be a 28-year-old UFA when it finishes. He’ll likely hit the open market at his peak value.

From the Isles’ standpoint, the contract has pros and cons. For the next two years, Pulock will be a bargain at his $5-million cap hit. 

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Colorado Avalanche Acquire Devon Toews

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Devon Toews from the New York Islanders in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Toews, 26, appeared in all 68 games for the Islanders during his first full NHL season in 2019-20, tallying 28 points (6g/22a).  His six goals and 28 points finished second among New York defenders.  The Abbotsford, British Columbia, native went on to skate in all 22 playoff games for the Islanders, where he tied for first among team defensemen with 10 points (2g/8a).

“Devon is a smart, two-way, puck-moving defenseman who plays 20-plus minutes a night,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic.  “He is a durable defender who is excellent in transition and we are excited to add him to our blueline.”

Selected by the Islanders in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Toews has recorded 46 points (11g/35a) in 116 career NHL regular season contests and added 15 points (3g/12a) in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Will The New York Islanders Continue Their Rise?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Now the Islanders exit the bubble. Now the Islanders, two years in a row in the playoffs under the direction of Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz — the conference semis last year, the conference finals this year — go into the offseason seeking to bridge the widest gap in pro sports:

That from contender to champion.

“There’s very few teams in any sport that have sort of put a group together and they’ve won a championship right away without, maybe, a little bit of failure along the way,” Trotz said before the contest. “I mean, you look at some of the great dynasties, you like at the dynasties of the Islanders when they won four straight. There was a lot of hardship on the front end before they ran four in a row. The same with the Edmonton dynasty, I look at Detroit of years past, there was a lot of hardship.

“And I just came from my former club [in Washington] that had a lot of heartbreak before we broke through. So there are a lot of lessons on the way and in understanding those lessons and being able to deal with them. Those are invaluable for organizations and individuals within your organization.”

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Videos- ECF Game 6 Highlights, Handshakes And Trophy Presentation

Game highlights.

 

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Video- Will There Be A Game 7 In The Eastern Conference Finals?

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The New York Islanders Refuse To Go Home

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Islanders would have played all night and all morning if that’s what it took, but they were not going to go away. They were not going to take the skate of shame out of the Edmonton bubble. Not after this night. Not after this game.

Not yet.

So yes, there will be a Game 6 in Edmonton on Thursday and the Islanders will still be one loss away from extinction in the conference finals. That has not changed. But here is what has changed: The Islanders will be two victories away from the Stanley Cup final.

Thursday became necessary when the Islanders recorded a 2-1 victory on Jordan Eberle’s goal off Anders Lee’s two-on-one feed at 12:30 of the second overtime to narrow Tampa Bay’s series lead to 3-2.

It was a victory achieved through a full commitment to playing the full 200×85 from the first moment to the last, one in which the Islanders contained the Lightning as well as they have yet, and one that ended with the Islanders’ struggling top line coming through with its first five-on-five goal of the series.

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The New York Islanders Force Game 6

A 2-1 2xOT win by the Islanders mens game 6 will be played Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Game highlights are below and the NHL is dark on Wednesday.

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Open Post- The New York Islanders Need To Win Three In A Row Starting Tonight

A win by the Tampa Bay Lightning sends the New York Islanders home and will put the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final to face the Dallas Stars. (Reports today state game 1 of SCF would start Thursday with a TBL win tonight.)

Discuss anything NHL related.

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The Difference Between The Islanders And Lightning

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Through four games of this series that could end on Tuesday, Palat and Point each have three goals with Kucherov adding two. That makes eight. On the other side, Eberle has one goal, that one on the power play in the opening minutes of Game 1. That is the sum, if not necessarily the substance, of the Islanders’ first line.

Oh, and the 8-1 imbalance in goals is not just a reflection of one side finishing with the other one just not able to capitalize. According to NaturalStattrick.com, Point, Kucherov and Palat have combined for 28 scoring chances at five-on-five as compared to an aggregate 16 for the Islanders’ trio.

Teams do not lose for one reason and one reason alone, but when your presumptive best players are not anywhere close to that at this point of the tournament, well, one need not be Anatoly Tarasov, Lou Lamoriello or Hercule Poirot to understand where fingers could be pointed (if anyone were into that sort of thing).

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Video- One More Win For The Tampa Bay Lightning And They Are In The Stanley Cup Final

The Lightning defeated the New York Islander 4-1 today and all but two goals in the game were scored within 27 seconds in the second period.

I will add the game highlights to this post when available, in the meantime watch 3 goals in 27 ticks of the clock.

added 7:11pm, Game highlights are below the first posted video.

 

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