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How Does Oliver Ekman-Larsson Or Evander Kane Sound For The Islanders?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

For years there has been clamor ignored by Snow to acquire a running mate suitable for Tavares, a sure-shot Hart contender. And the Islanders do have the assets necessary to acquire Buffalo pending free agent winger Evander Kane, who is having the second-best season of his career and is likely going to be the hottest commodity on the rental market.

Coincidentally (or not), the 26-year-old Kane’s best season came in 2011-12, when he was on the final season of his first contract. Good news for the team that gets him now, perhaps not such good news for the team that signs him next July to a lucrative long-term deal.

But the Islanders and Tavares might not need Kane....

So this may not be the time or place for Kane. Rather, this is probably exactly the time for Snow to load up a package for Arizona’s estimable defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, whose contract at $5 million per runs through next season and will be the object of a wild bidding war once the 26-year-old lets Coyotes personnel know he’s unlikely to re-up for more wandering through the desert....

It will cost any team to get OEL, and it could cost the Islanders either Josh Ho-Sang or Anthony Beauvillier, perhaps Brock Nelson, maybe Ryan Pulock or Scott Mayfield, and probably one of the two first-rounders (their own plus Calgary’s) they own in the 2018 draft. The price will be high, but it would be worthwhile.

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Video- I’ll Leave You With This - John Tavares Last Night

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Home Ice Advantage In Brooklyn

from Steven Marcus of Newsday,

Barclays Center continues to be a nice stopover while the Islanders await word on a permanent home.

Despite past complaints about location, poor ice and attendance, the Islanders are 52-23-13 since moving to Brooklyn to begin the 2015-16 season.

“The guys just seem comfortable. They play well there,’’ coach Doug Weight said Monday. “The strange thing to me, even when we’re not on our game — I can’t say it’s the crowd or the atmosphere, whatever it is — you just have a good chance to win. We’ve won more games maybe in that building that we feel like coming out of we didn’t play that great. We just find ways to win in that building right now, so I don’t want to talk too much about it. We have a good mojo there.’’


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Not The Best Night For The VGK

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights, darlings of the NHL through their first nine games, got a harsh dose of reality Monday in Brooklyn as the New York Islanders scored five unanswered goals over the final two periods and ended the Knights’ five-game winning streak with a 6-3 win at Barclays Center.

But the bigger loss was in goal as the Knights suffered the loss of another goaltender. Oscar Dansk left the game with an apparent lower-body injury after Islanders captain John Tavares scored with 5:10 left in the second period on the power play.

Dansk, who earlier in the day had been honored by the NHL as the league’s No. 2 star of the week, appeared to have lost an edge with his skate and slipped and landed awkwardly just prior to the first of Tavares’ two tallies. He was replaced by Maxime Lagace, who was seeing his first NHL action and had a rough time of it. Lagace, the fourth goalie to be used by the Knights in their 10-game existence, allowed four goals on 11 shots.

“You’ve got to be ready, that’s your job,” Lagace said. “When I saw Oscar get hurt, I knew I was going in, and I tried to focus.

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Below are the game highlights including the Dansk injury, which I think happened before the Tavares goal.  Scroll at the 3:55 mark to see that.

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Bad Power Play Sinks The New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Doug Weight had some words to describe his team’s power play. Lots of them, in fact, plus a few not suitable for print.

“Lethargic, lax, soft, zero battle,” Weight said after his team went 0-for-5 on the power play and surrendered two shorthanded goals that ended up the difference in a 6-4 loss to the Wild on Thursday night.

“Flip passes, half-speed breakouts — just abysmal,” Weight said. “And it [ticks] you off because it’s a winnable game.”

The Isles’ power play is now a league-worst 2-for-33 (6.1 percent) and has allowed five shorthanded goals.


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Doug Weight On Why Josh Ho-Sang Was Sent To Bridgeport

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Doug Weight had nothing but praise for Ho-Sang and said the rookie took this demotion well.

“He did or he’s a damn good actor,” Weight said. “We’ve had great talks. It’s never easy, whether it’s a conversation about being scratched or something like this. It was lengthy, good, healthy and from what I take from it, he couldn’t be more excited to go down, prove to himself and the organization that this isn’t going to go on anymore, that we do need him and he’ll come back and help us here. I suspect the way he’s taken this he’ll be pushing to get back real quick. Nothing is negative about the relationship — people will read into it but there’s no failure in it.”...

“I don’t think we’re as good a team as we can be without Josh on the ice. He can make us better and there’s some areas he wants to address,” Weight said. “He wants to find out how to be better at those things. We’re all in a good place with this relationship, it’s on the right path. And we have the utmost respect for Brent and what he instills in his guys.”


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A Bad Opening Night For The New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders opened the 2017-18 season by giving up a goal 1:07 in and never recovered, getting a 5-0 thrashing from the Blue Jackets on Friday night.

“I think it’s a good wakeup call,” Andrew Ladd said after the Isles’ worst season-opening loss since 2003. “Is there any panic in here? Not at all. We were maybe a little too cute offensively early and then we fell behind and started to get away from what we do.”...

The Isles actually had the better of the zone time in the game’s first few minutes but didn’t get Sergei Bobrovsky moving or screened well enough. And de Haan made an ill-advised, cross-ice pass that Cam Atkinson picked off to start a play that ended with Atkinson scoring off his skate at 11:07.

“Just bonehead plays and that’s not like Calvin,” Weight said. “The first he’s got to hustle back and give Greisser a target. And the second, they’re in a 1-1-3 [structure], we know what they’re doing and he just doesn’t move his feet.”


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Josh Ho-Sang A Healthy Scratch Tonight

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Josh Ho-Sang will miss Friday’s season-opening game for the Islanders. He’s not happy about it, but he’s not sulking either.

“What’s allowing me to deal with this is I trust Dougie (Weight) a lot. I trust him. He’s my coach,” Ho-Sang told Newsday after he spent nearly an hour on the ice Friday morning doing conditioning work. “He has the best intentions for this team. I know what he wants to achieve this year. If at this point in time he thinks this is the group he needs, then I trust him. That’s the mentality we’ve been preaching.”

For his part, Weight doesn’t view Ho-Sang’s healthy scratch as a punishment. The coach saw a few old habits leak into preseason games — he wants Ho-Sang to have a little more awareness of time-of-game and time-of-shift moments — but not much else, which is why Weight and his coaching staff needed until Thursday afternoon to decide on Jason Chimera playing and Ho-Sang sitting...


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The Latest On The New York Islanders New Rink

from Jim Baumbach and Robert Brodsky of Newsday,

The Islanders said Thursday they have “submitted a comprehensive proposal to create a world-class sports and entertainment destination at Belmont Park.”

The deadline to answer the state’s request for proposals is 2 p.m.

The Islanders’ group is labeled New York Arena Partners, LLC. It includes Sterling Project Development, which is controlled by the Wilpon family, the Mets owners, and Oak View Group, an arena development company backed by Madison Square Garden.

In a statement, the Islanders said of their proposal, “We look forward to discussing with the Empire State Development Corporation.”


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John Tavares In No Hurry To Sign A Contract

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

John Tavares is not worried about his contract situation. Even as training camp looms in less than a month, the Islanders captain and star player said the fact that he’s prepared to enter this season, the last under his current deal, without an extension is not causing him to lose any sleep.

“For me, there’s really no rush,” Tavares told Newsday in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “I’m trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it’s been good so far … In terms of signing a new contract, there’s a lot that goes into it. To really dive into all the details, get into all the conversations I’ve had with Garth [Snow], the team and Doug [Weight], I don’t think it’s productive to the situation and the negotiating. I prefer to keep it all internal, that’s the best way to keep it all open, honest and healthy.”


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