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Afternoon Line- John Tavares

“Whether it’s mental or just execution of a few plays, we just have to find a way to do it. No one’s going to feel sorry for us ... Obviously, this isn’t a whole lot of fun right now.”

-John Tavaras of the New York Islanders who have lost 7 games in a row.  Neil Best of Newsday has more on the Islanders.

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Afternoon Line- Fluto Shinzawa On John Tavares

It is possible the Islanders will not make the playoffs. They are looking up at Columbus, which currently has the best odds of landing the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders will have to contend with the Hurricanes and Panthers, who are also fighting for the eighth spot. Before the deadline, GM Garth Snow’s biggest move was to acquire Chris Wagner from Anaheim for Jason Chimera.

None of this can make John Tavares feel good....

The Islanders have some good things. On Feb. 23, Snow re-upped Josh Bailey, Tavares’s linemate, to a six-year, $30 million extension. Rookie Mat Barzal will be a star for many years. But they do not have an ace in goal. Snow is locked in to Casey Cizikas ($3.35 million annually through 2021), Johnny Boychuk ($6 million through 2022), and Andrew Ladd ($5.5 million through 2023).

Tavares controls the situation. His decision will have long-lasting effects on the organization. 

-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe where you can read more on Tavares and other topics including the rebuild for the NYR.

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Anaheim/NYI Trade

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired left wing Jason Chimera from the New York Islanders in exchange for left wing Chris Wagner

Chimera, 38 (5/2/79), recorded back-to-back 20-goal seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on Feb. 3, 2017 at Detroit. Chimera has played 15 NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Islanders, collecting 185-228=413 points with 890 penalty minutes (PIM) in 1,091 career NHL games. The 6-3, 215-pound forward has also made eight trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording 12-17=29 points with a +10 rating and 32 PIM in 69 career postseason games.

Wagner, 26 (5/27/91), earned 6-9=15 points with 35 PIM in 64 games for the Ducks this season. Selected by Anaheim in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Wagner had 16-12=28 points with 71 PIM in 159 career NHL games with Anaheim and Colorado.

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Evening Line- Brett Yormark, Barclays Center CEO

“Unfortunately, it didn’t work. We had great hopes that moving the Islanders to Brooklyn would work. Unfortunately, they were like a rent-a-team. This team never really embraced Brooklyn, unfortunately.

“Their fan base resides in Long Island. They have a great, avid fan base in Long Island. Brooklyn just didn’t gravitate to the team as I had hoped they would. But I think the move next year, where they’re playing 12 games back in Long Island — and after next year we’ll probably play half the schedule, if not more [there] — is a step in the right direction.

“Obviously, they’re looking to build their own venue. Not sure that ever happens, but if it does, I wish them well. But in the interim our goal was to bring them back to Long Island, have them play as many games as they can at NYCB Live, and that’s happening, so I’m excited about it.”

-Brett Yormark, CEO of the Barclays Center.  Neil Best of Newsday has more.

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Edmonton Trades Brandon Davidson To The New York Islanders

Edmonton press release...

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired a third round draft pick in 2019 from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenceman Brandon Davidson.

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A Six-Year Contract For Josh Bailey And The New York Islanders

from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with Josh Bailey on a six-year contract, ensuring that the All-Star forward will remain with the club that drafted him through the 2023-24 season. 

Bailey, 28, has established career highs in points (62) and assists (47) through 58 games this season. The Islanders' first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft is second on the Islanders and tied for seventh in the league in assists this season. He is also third on the team in points.

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The New York Islanders Need A Spark Badly

from Greg Joyce of the New York Post,

The Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals to race past the Islanders, on the ice and in the standings, with a 4-1 win Tuesday at Barclays Center.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” left wing Anders Lee said. “We gotta find some kind of spark, some kind of life, some kind of energy. It’s gotta change. Just more of the same, it’s disappointing.”...

The crowd of 10,232 had been restless for most of the night, but after Atkinson’s goal — he beat Jason Chimera to the net to finish off a one-timer — and through the rest of the third period, they’d had enough. Chants of “Snow must go” grew louder, calling for the ouster of longtime general manager Garth Snow.

They may have been even angrier had they heard coach Doug Weight’s postgame comments, as he hoped for a better atmosphere against the Rangers on Thursday at Barclays.

“[We’ll] have a real exciting, hopefully, little more exciting building than it was today from the start, on Thursday,” Weight said.

For the second time in 10 days, the Islanders allowed the Blue Jackets to take 26 shots on goal in the first period. Halak stopped each of those Tuesday, but could not turn away all 51 by the end of the night.

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Poor Effort By The New York Islanders In A Loss To The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Laura Albanese of Newsday,

The calendar says there’s still time. The standings say the Islanders have a chance. But though they have 29 more games to eke their way into the playoffs, Wednesday night proved that it might be getting late very early for this Islanders team.

The Islanders gave up five goals a night after they gave up four, and struggled to put together any semblance of a threat in a frustrating 5-0 loss to the Maple Leafs. The Leafs dominated on defense, clogging up shooting lanes and incapacitating the Isles’ first two lines.

It doesn’t make it any better that Toronto has been floated as a possible landing spot for John Tavares, should he decide not to sign a contract extension, and the Leafs — fast, disciplined, and suddenly a more formidable team than a recent slump would indicate — sure looked like a lot of fun to play for.

“It’s really unacceptable the level we’re playing at,” Tavares said. “We’re not going to win many hockey games or really be in it the way we played the last couple of nights . . . The way we’ve played the last couple nights is not even close to what we need to be to get where we need to get to . . . It’s hard to be at a certain standard every night, especially in this league, with how competitive it is. We’ve just got to be a lot better.”

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Afternoon Line- Jon Ledecky On John Tavares

via Brain Compton tweets,

Ledecky on Tavares: "The ball really is in John’s court. He’s being very contemplative about it, he’s thinking about it. It’s a huge decision in a young man’s life. We want him to take his time and we want him to come to the decision that’s best for him and his family.”

More Ledecky: “We love John Tavares. We want John Tavares to remain here for his entire career as an Islander, and we want him lifting that fifth Cup." 

-Jon Ledecky, majority owner of the New York Islanders

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Two ‘Homes’ For The New York Islanders?

from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

The Islanders have agreed to a deal that calls for them to split their regular-season home games between Nassau Coliseum and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in the years leading up to the opening of their new arena at Belmont Park, sources said.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to attend a news conference Monday at the team’s former home arena in Uniondale to announce the unusual setup effectively giving the NHL team two home arenas for at least three seasons.

Sources said the Islanders will play 12 regular-season home games at Nassau Coliseum next season and — if all goes well with that experience — they will play at least half of their home schedule in the remaining years there before their Belmont arena opens.

The earliest the Islanders’ new arena at Belmont is expected to be ready is for the 2021-22 season, meaning the team needs a home for three seasons.

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from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

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