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The Buying New York Islanders?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- ... The Islanders have a pretty fair collection of young assets courtesy of the Garth Snow regime. Expect Lamoriello to dangle them — maybe to rent Matt Duchene as immediate support for Mat Barzal, maybe to rent dangerous sniper Mark Stone, maybe to rent depth on defense by acquiring either Jake Muzzin or Alec Martinez. Maybe even both defensemen — or have you forgotten 2003, when the offense-needy Devils acquired defenseman Igor Tverdovsky and Richard Smehlik in advance of winning their third Cup?

I don’t know exactly whom Lamoriello will target, and, honestly, neither does anyone else who might tell about it and expect to live. But I know this. The Islanders will be aggressive on the market, and likely well ahead of the deadline.

- Even if the Blue Jackets put pending free agent Sergei Bobrovsky on the market, trading for the goaltender represents a major gamble for a contender. This has nothing to do with either his underwhelming postseason record or his breach of etiquette after being pulled from a game a couple of weeks ago, when, we’re told, he had dressed in his street clothes and had boarded the team bus before the match had even been completed.

Rather, it is history that makes a deal so dicey. Trades of marquee goaltenders proximate to the deadline are extremely rare. Ryan Miller, who went from Buffalo to St. Louis in 2014, is only example this decade, and look how that turned out with the netminder crashing and burning in a six-game first-round defeat to Chicago in which he had a .897 save percentage.

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What Arena Will Host The New York Islanders For The Playoffs?

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It’s hard to exactly feel bad for the Islanders, as their situation is a making of their own past. So even with the fact that they are back on stable ground, from the top of ownership to the bottom of the on-ice product, the shockwave from decades of business failure still has not subsided.

That is why the NHL office, specifically the office of commissioner Gary Bettman, will be deciding where they might play home playoff games, The Backcheck has learned. The decision still has not been made, and won’t be until it’s necessary.

So there is no rush to make a declaration now and upset the fanbase. Because of course the fans want the games at the Coliseum, where the team has a distinct home-ice advantage. But of course the league wants the games at Barclays Center, where the potential for profits multiply substantially.

It’s a decision between money and competitiveness. We know how that turns out.

“When it’s time to make that decision, I’m sure we will be in contact with all relevant parties,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email, “and a decision will be made that takes into account all of the relevant considerations.”


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The New York Islanders Move Into First Place With A Win Over The Washington Capitals

from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

Barry Trotz waved to the adoring fans at Capital One Arena as they stood to applaud him, saluted the Capitals’ bench (with Alex Ovechkin leaning over to ask how he liked the video tribute) and then touched his heart during the first-period appreciation of his four seasons in Washington, culminating with the Stanley Cup celebration last June.

Then the Islanders put on a defensive clinic — keeping the shots to the outside and limiting the rebounds as a real homage to Trotz’s coaching skills — and beat Washington, 2-0, on Friday night to vault over the Capitals and into the Metropolitan Division lead.

“It was sort of an identity game for us,” said Trotz, who made his first return to Washington with the Isles. “We just talk about climbing. It just happens the Caps were the next team in front of us. Two weeks ago, we were talking about Buffalo and other teams like Montreal. I said just keep climbing and don’t look up. The guys have been good.”

The Islanders received third-period goals by Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck and 19 saves from Thomas Greiss, who notched his second shutout of the season and 10th of his career.

Coupled with the Blue Jackets’ 4-1 loss to the visiting Canadiens, the Islanders are a point ahead of Columbus and Washington.


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Video- Welcome Back To Washington Barry Trotz

Well deserved.


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The New York Islanders Find Themselves In A Battle For First Place

from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

Barry Trotz left Washington after guiding the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup last season. This time the coach could leave the nation’s capital with his new team in first place in the Metropolitan Division.

“It would be meaningful,” Anders Lee said after scoring twice in the Islanders’ 4-1 win over the Devils on Thursday night before a crowd of 12,088 at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum.

“It’s tough not to think about all these awesome scenarios,” Lee added. “There’s a lot of hockey left and we want to take that next step. [FRIDAY]is a great opportunity to do that.”

The Islanders’ 13th win in their last 16 games propelled them within a point of both the Capitals and the Blue Jackets in the division.

A win over the Capitals on Friday night at Capital One Arena and a regulation loss by the Blue Jackets to the visiting Canadiens and the Islanders (27-15-4) would be atop the Metropolitan as they seek their first playoff berth since 2016.


Below, watch the highlights of the Islanders win over the Devils...

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The New York Islanders Are Quietly Having A Good Year

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

You won’t see the Islanders in the Winter Classic, the Jan. 1 centerpiece in which Chicago has played four times (all losses, including one at Notre Dame’s football stadium Tuesday). But at this moment, there is no team as fetching, quirky and compelling as the one that plays (most of the time now) on Long Island.

No one else can match the mix of nostalgia, excitement, bitterness, uncertainty and hope that the Islanders have put together in a season that looks a whole lot better than we thought it would.

Few saw this coming, this stretch of five straight wins and eight in nine games, the latest a 3-2 overtime victory over Chicago on Thursday claimed by an overtime goal by minor-league call-up Devon Toews, who never had scored in the NHL before.

“I don’t think I ever dreamed about it,” he said. “Growing up, it was more just trying to make the NHL and make that dream come true. I never thought about scoring or anything.”

The anything-is-possible motif is courtesy of coach Barry Trotz, who spent roughly half of 2018 winning the Stanley Cup in Washington and the other half lighting a fire under a franchise that seemed to have lost its wick when captain and superstar John Tavares left.

“It’s been very interesting, it’s been enlightening, it’s been fulfilling, it’s been a challenge,” Trotz said. “It’s been all of the above. Everything that life has to bring, I’ve had all of it. The good, bad and ugly in a lot of ways. That’s what makes coaching and life interesting because it’s not the same thing every day.”

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“Let’s Go Islanders”

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

Three little words can fill an entire arena and describe a whole occasion. No one even had to say them, either. On a night marked by playoff-caliber choruses of “Let’s Go Islanders!” the magic words were the ones everyone was thinking: “Where they belong.”

The Islanders were home, truly home, for the first time since April 2015. Technically, the team has had plenty of home games since then, but let’s be honest. The fans had not had a single one in 3½ years until Saturday night at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum. That is why there was so much anticipation, so much hearty noise, such a full house for a real game on Long Island, their real home.

What the crowd realized and what it expressed with its hearts, lungs and tailgate parties before, during and after this 3-2 Islanders win over Columbus is that the Islanders were born and shaped as a Nassau-Suffolk team. The overwhelming majority of the fans still live on the Island. When they learned that 21 games this season would be played at Nassau Coliseum, they pretty much chose to stop going to Barclays Center. And who can blame them?

To a ludicrous degree, the franchise violated the first rule of business by making it tough on the customers to get the product.


Highlights of the 3-2 Islanders win over Columbus can be watched below.

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Youngsters For The New York Rangers Are Gaining Confidence

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

You know what was most special about the Rangers’ 5-0 victory over the Islanders at the Garden on Thanksgiving Eve? The fact that it somehow seemed routine even while it represented the Blueshirts’ first victory in nine games (1-7-1) in the Battle of the Hudson and second in 14 (2-10-2) since the start of 2015-16.

The Rangers not only expect to win, they appear to have become accustomed to it. Not that they take it for granted, because they don’t. They understand that a team only gets out of a game what it is willing to put into it. The first ingredient is hard work. So is the second. It represents the bedrock of their success.

Add emerging young talent plus outstanding goaltending, and you have the equation for nine victories in the past 11 games (9-1-1) and an overall 12-8-2 record that both is and is not rather startling.

Teen angel Filip Chytil was a force, not only scoring in his fifth straight game while giving the Blueshirts a 1-0 lead 29 seconds into the game...


Game highlights are below.

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Video- Billy Smith With The Stick Work

On occasion, I like to look through YouTube for old NHL videos.

How long do you think Billy Smith would survive in today's NHL?


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