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The Islanders May Have A Deal In Place With Golden Knights Plus Looking For Offense

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders have a deal in place to send their first-round pick to Vegas to steer the expansion franchise toward selecting a designated player off the Isles’ unprotected list, two NHL sources confirmed to Newsday on Monday.

TSN first reported the existence of the deal.

The player designated for selection is still unknown, though clearly the goal for general manager Garth Snow is to clear some salary-cap space to upgrade the team’s roster before next season.

The deal also includes a third piece going to Vegas. There is a strong possibility that it would be Mikhail Grabovski, who has yet to be cleared to play after suffering a concussion in March of 2016. Grabovski’s $5-million cap hit is on the books for one more season for the Islanders, who are already within $4 million and change of the coming season’s $75-million salary cap.

Multiple reports indicate that Snow has been working the phones to try and secure a high-end offensive talent to bolster the team behind John Tavares.

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Huh? I Don’t See It Either Regarding John Tavares

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Blue Jackets’ second priority is acquiring a game-changing forward, preferably a top-line center. It is going to hurt. I don’t know what is in any deal with Las Vegas, but in any case, there will be pain in the deal, and there will be more pain if the Jackets can swing something for an elite sniper or playmaker.

There is talk that John Tavares — a terrific No. 1 center — is available in trade. I don’t see it. If you are the New York Islanders, you sign Tavares, and if you are Tavares and won’t sign with the Islanders, you wait a year, drive a Brinks truck to the free-agent market and choose your destination.

I would bet the Blue Jackets have made a play for Tavares and offered a boatload of assets, but any deal would be contingent on Tavares agreeing to a contract. I don’t see it.

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A Letter To A Young Mike Bossy

from Mike Bossy at The Players' Tribune,

Dear 14-year-old Mike,

I write to you today as a 60-year-old man, and I have some news from the future that you probably aren’t going to believe.

There are 30 teams in the NHL in the year 2017, and next season, there’s going to be one in Las Vegas.

Guys don’t smoke cigarettes and drink black coffee at intermission anymore. They drink smoothies and “stretch.”

The going rate for a 50-goal scorer is about $9 million a year.

And fighting is considered a dying art.

I know the last one probably sounds pretty good to you right now. You’re about to experience more than your fair share of violence. In fact, the reason I’m writing to you now is because you’re about to go through one of the toughest times you’ll ever have to face.

I hope you have enjoyed your beautiful nose for the past 14 years, because pretty soon it’s not going to be so straight anymore.

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Thomas Greiss Apologizes For Political Post

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss issued an apology for causing an uproar in his native Germany for several Instagram posts that he “liked” during the U.S. presidential campaign, one of which compared Hillary Clinton to Adolf Hitler.

Greiss’ social media behavior had drawn the attention of the German hockey federation, for whom Greiss is currently playing in the World Championships in Cologne. The head of the federation strongly criticized Greiss’ behavior, forcing the Islanders and Greiss to give Newsday statements last night.

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Report- The Latest On The New York Islanders And The Barclays Center

from Jim Baumbach and Robert Brodsky of Newsday,

The Barclays Center has taken the first preliminary step toward a potential opt-out of its 25-year deal with the Islanders, according to sources.

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which runs the Barclays Center and the renovated Nassau Coliseum, recently notified the Islanders in writing that the window to renegotiate the terms of the license agreement is open, as per the terms of the contract.

The two sides have until Jan. 1, 2018, to renegotiate the terms, according to the summary of the license agreement previously obtained by Newsday. If no new deal is reached, the two sides can stay with the current deal or choose to opt out. Each side would have until Jan. 30, 2018, to deliver an opt-out notice in writing.

If the Islanders decide to opt out, the team can choose to leave at the end of next season or the end of the 2018-19 season. If Barclays triggers the opt-out, the Islanders would have to leave after the 2018-19 season.

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Could The New York Islanders Return To Nassau Coliseum?

from Jim Baumbach and Robert Brodsky of Newsday,

The operators of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center are preparing a pitch to bring the Islanders back to the recently renovated Nassau Coliseum, according to Kevin Law, the president and chief executive of Long Island Association, the region’s largest business group.

Law said Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which runs both Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum, will offer to make further “adjustments” to the Coliseum — such as adding seats — to address the Islanders’ potential concerns.

“Over the last two months, I have met with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Islanders owners, I’ve met with the county and the state,” Law said. “What I just learned very recently is that BSE will be offering a plan to the Islanders to move them back to the Coliseum.”

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Doug Weight Will Remain The Coach Of The New York Islanders

from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders announced today that Doug Weight has been named Head Coach. 

Weight was named the club's interim Head Coach midway through the 2016-17 season and led the team to a 24-12-4 record over the final 40 games. From Weight's first game on January 19 to the end of the season, the Islanders posted the second-best record in the National Hockey League with 24 wins and 52 points. The club also registered the most hits in the league during that stretch and scored the fourth-most goals (120).

"Doug has earned this opportunity from the tremendous work he has put in over the past five seasons in our front office and especially from the time he took over as interim Head Coach earlier this season," President and General Manager Garth Snow said. "His leadership and experiences from both playing and behind the bench are valuable intangibles that not every coach can translate into a winning formula. He's gained the trust and respect from our entire team, making him the best choice to become Head Coach."

Weight is the 19th head coach in Islanders history. He will continue to serve as the team's Assistant GM. Prior to filling the interim position, the Detroit, Mich. native served as Assistant Coach and Assistant GM.  

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What’s Next For The New York Islanders?

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Sources indicated owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky still were discussing Monday and into Tuesday whether to make sweeping changes to hockey operations or keep president and general manager Garth Snow in charge.

Keeping Snow in control likely would mean keeping Doug Weight behind the bench, a move nearly every player endorsed Monday. Weight led the team to a 24-12-4 record after taking over for Jack Capuano on Jan. 17.

Malkin and Ledecky have continued to talk to potential team president candidates over the past few weeks. Pat Brisson, John Tavares’ high-powered agent, remains a strong draw for the Isles owners despite Brisson’s denials of interest in such a job. Dale Tallon, as first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, drew strong interest before he resumed his perch as Panthers GM following a strange year in south Florida.

Dean Lombardi, Kings GM since 2006, is a free agent after being fired Monday night. Ledecky and Malkin have ties to the Los Angeles organization, so don’t discount Lombardi, a Massachusetts native.

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Playoff Hopes Still Alive For The New York Islanders And Tampa Bay Lightning

from Neil Best of Newsday,

The Maple Leafs have 93 points and the Islanders 90 with two games apiece remaining. The Lightning also has 90 points with two left.

One road requires the Islanders to beat the Devils on Saturday and the Senators Sunday while the Maple Leafs lose both to the Penguins and Blue Jackets, with at least one of those losses coming in regulation time.

But for that math to work out, the Islanders would need to win both of their games in regulation or overtime, enabling them to pass the Maple Leafs in the regulation-and-overtime-wins tiebreaker if both finish with 94 points.

That reality could make for some complicated strategizing for Weight. In theory, it might benefit the Islanders to pull their goalie in overtime to secure a win before the shootout for tiebreaker purposes.

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from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Making the playoffs is still a long shot, but the quest should make for a fun final 72 hours of the regular season. Tampa Bay needs to win its final two games, tonight in Montreal and Sunday at home against Buffalo, in regulation or overtime. Toronto must lose its final two games, both at home, Saturday against Pittsburgh and Sunday against Columbus; the Maple Leafs can't pick up more than one point.

Tampa Bay also needs the Islanders, tied with it in points but who hold the tiebreaker, to lose one of its final two games, Saturday at New Jersey or Sunday at home against Ottawa, or win one of them in a shootout.

"At this point, all we can do is put a little pressure on," defenseman Anton Stralman said. "And obviously hope that Pittsburgh and Columbus to do their jobs (beat Toronto). That's all we can ask for."

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Video- John Tavares Injured In Islanders Win Over The Devils

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders needed two points, and they got what they needed Friday night.

But when John Tavares limped off the ice with 3:14 remaining, it might have been the real end to their season, even as they kept their fading postseason hopes alive at Barclays Center.

It was an ugly 2-1 win in which the Islanders received 10 power plays from the sloppy Devils, who threw pucks over the glass and threw high sticks with equal abandon all night.

Anders Lee scored on the power play in the first period, Anthony Beauvillier scored at even strength in the second off a nifty feed from Josh Ho-Sang and Jaroslav Halak was sharp, making 26 saves as the Isles pulled within four points of the Bruins with five games to go.

That may all be moot, however. Tavares got tangled up with Devils defenseman Steve Santini behind the New Jersey net on the eighth Islanders power play and awkwardly tried to step through. Tavares appeared to catch his skate in a rut and immediately grabbed his left hamstring, going to the ice and needing help from his teammates to make it off the rink.

Doug Weight had no update after the game other than to say he’s hopeful — though also preparing to need another body for tomorrow’s game in Buffalo.

“It’s a big blow any time you see your best player in distress,” Weight said after his team snapped a three-game losing streak and a five-game losing skid at home. “We’re going to need a guy to come up, step in and contribute, and we need the guys who were better tonight to keep pulling the rope.”

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Video of the injury is below...

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