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The New York Islanders Continue To Rack Up Points

from Andrew Gross of Newsday.

The Islanders now have a comeback streak to go along with matching the franchise record for gaining at least a point in 15 consecutive games.

This time, the Islanders twice battled back from two-goal deficits and scored twice in the final 4:19 of regulation to beat the Penguins, 5-4, in overtime on Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena.

The Islanders (15-3-1) somewhat improbably improved their points streak to 14-0-1 after they also opened this two-game road trip by having to rally from three goals down in the third period for a 4-3 shootout win at Philadelphia on Saturday night.

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Video- Hometown Hockey Feature On Barry Trotz

Christine Simpson with the feature.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Barry Trotz might be the most celebrated name from Dauphin the hometown moments he has experienced may have helped shape Trotz as a Stanley Cup champion, a Jack Adams Award winner and one of the most successful head coaches in NHL history.

 


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Andrew Ladd Placed On Waivers By The New York Islanders

from the New York Islanders,

Andrew Ladd was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders on Thursday.

The 33-year-old forward completed a conditioning stint at Bridgeport of the American Hockey League after recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL on May 31. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello told Newsday the team had not seen enough from Ladd to believe he's ready to return to the NHL. If Ladd clears, he'll be reassigned to Bridgeport.

Ladd, who signed a seven-year contract with the Islanders on July 1, 2016, has 71 points (38 goals, 33 assists) in 177 games with New York.

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Winning Streak For The New York Islanders Hits 10

from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

The Islanders now have the second-longest winning streak in franchise history at 10 games.

And that might not have been the most noteworthy item to come out of Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over the Senators before a crowd of 11,212 at Barclays Center, their first game of the season in Brooklyn.

Pick from this: Cole Bardreau, the 26-year-old rookie whose career was nearly derailed in college, became the seventh player in NHL history to score his first goal on a penalty shot, capping it with an emotional celebration. Or, Cal Clutterbuck scoring his first goal in 32 games. Or, Casey Cizikas scoring shorthanded for his first goal of the season.

“I think it says that after four extremely mediocre games to the start of the year, it was time for us to kind of look at each other and look in the mirror and decide whether we wanted to give this a go or not,” said Clutterbuck, who tied the game at 1-1 with an extra effort at the crease just 39 seconds after Jean-Gabriel Pageau opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 7:44 of the first period. “To a man we did. We want to continue getting better.”

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The Underdog New York Islanders

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

This offseason, two New York-area teams dominated the headlines. After the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers landed the Nos. 1 and 2 picks in the draft, respectively, both teams upgraded with flashy veterans (2013 Norris winner P.K. Subban, 2016 Calder winner Artemi Panarin) and appeared poised to make earlier-than-expected runs this season. The media fawned all summer.

Then there were the New York Islanders, the only of the New York-area teams to make the playoffs last spring. The Isles were the best defensive team in hockey. They brought back nearly the exact same roster for this season. And nobody was talking about them.

"Obviously, we notice it," captain Anders Lee said in a phone interview this week. "But there probably wasn't much to talk about with us."

That's fine for the Islanders, who, after losing three of four to start the season, have won nine straight and sit five points behind the Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division standings. They like flying under the radar.

"At times, absolutely we consider ourselves an underdog," Lee said. "Last year, that was a big part of our identity. This year, we're coming back with a very similar team but still have a lot to prove. It's hard to really come in and demand that attention. You demand respect by the way you play -- if you win, how your season goes -- but we haven't accomplished our goals just yet. And until we do that, we're going to have to keep proving everyone wrong."

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Did You Know The New York Islanders Have Won Eight Straight?

from Peter Botte of the New York Post,

The local football teams are disastrously down, the Knicks are still the Knicks, the Mets just hired another manager, and the Rangers and Devils are experiencing their expected rebuilding growing pains.

It certainly sounds weird for longtime observers of the Islanders to view them as one of the more stable sports franchises presently in New York, but that fully appears to be the case in their second year under GM Lou Lamoriello and head coach Barry Trotz.

Aaron Boone obviously has led the Yankees to successive 100-plus win seasons and playoff appearances in his first two years in the Bronx, but you also certainly could make the case that Trotz presently is the top coach in the local area.

After winning a Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018, he led the Islanders to only their second playoff series win since 1993 last spring. He also has them off to a rousing 9-3-0 start — including an eight-game winning streak, their longest in nearly 30 years — following Friday’s 5-2 clampdown victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Coliseum.

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Notes Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Cap space is precious, so when you can save a million on a player, it is important to do so. And maybe the Maple Leafs did overpay by a slight degree in giving Mitch Marner $10.893 million per on a six-year deal.

But there is value, and most certainly in Toronto, to being done with contract talk surrounding Marner for the next five years. Had he signed for the same three years that fellow restricted free agents Matthew Tkachuk, Brayden Point, Brock Boeser and Charlie McAvoy received from their respective teams, the drumbeat of speculation around the Leafs winger would have reignited by the middle of next season, if not earlier.

Each team has its own market concerns to address. The Maple Leafs addressed theirs.

By the way, pretending the Auston Matthews disorderly conduct charge is just a “Boys being boys” thing gives a bad name to all men.

- Finally, is Josh Ho-Sang’s reputation so tainted that not a team in the league would take a shot at the talented 23-year-old winger when he was placed on waivers by the Islanders prior to setting their opening roster?

I mean, the Rangers once took a shot at Alexandre Daigle, for goodness sakes.

Um.

Asked and answered.

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Josh Ho-Sang’s Future Up In The Air With The New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of The Athletic,

Josh Ho-Sang has requested a trade from the Islanders, who told the 23-year-old winger not to report to Bridgeport while Lou Lamoriello tries to see if there’s a deal to be made....

He cleared waivers on Tuesday but was not on the ice with the Sound Tigers the last two days, as fellow waiver clearances Thomas Hickey and Tanner Fritz were. Lamoriello told reporters on Thursday of the trade request via Ian Pulver, Ho-Sang’s agent.

“This is not a punishment,” Lamoriello said, regarding Ho-Sang not heading to the AHL yet. “I told the representative that I would explore that request. It’s going to take a few days. If there isn’t a transaction that’s in the best interest of the organization, Josh will report to Bridgeport.”

Now, why would a team acquire a player in a trade that it could have had for the cost of a waiver pickup? Glad you asked.

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Gretzky To Bossy?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

“Like when I had the chance to go to L.A. and play with Wayne,” he said.

Excuse me? Say what?

“It was the summer [1988] when my contract with the Islanders expired after I’d sat out the year because of my back,” Bossy said. “I hadn’t announced my retirement, yet.

“And it must have been right after they made the trade [for Gretzky on Aug. 9, 1988] that I got a phone call at home. ‘Mike, it’s Bruce McNall.’ I said, ‘Oh?’ ”

McNall, of course, was the Kings’ owner who pulled off the massive deal in which he added $15 million to the package that went to Edmonton owner Peter Pocklington in exchange for No. 99.

“Bruce said he wanted me as a free agent,” Bossy said. “He said, ‘I’d love to have you come out and play with Wayne.”

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Suit Filed To Block The Construction Of The Area The New York Islanders Plan To Play

from Candice Ferrette and Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

The Village of Floral Park has filed suit against the state to block the $1.3 billion redevelopment of Belmont Park, including the new arena for the New York Islanders, ahead of a ceremonial groundbreaking on the property expected this month.

The Article 78 proceeding, a lawsuit against a municipality, asks a judge to overturn all approvals of the project, stop construction on the site and restart the environmental review process, according to documents filed in state Supreme Court in Mineola.

The suit says the public bidding process for the development rights at Belmont Park was flawed and tipped in favor of developer New York Arena Partners due to a "secret plan" conceived before the state issued a request for proposals.

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