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from Neil Best of Newsday,
“I always thought it was going to be tough to make it a Long Island-based team with a home base in Brooklyn,” he said Monday in an interview to promote Wednesday’s Rangers-Islanders game on NBCSN. “I had talked to [owner] Charles [Wang] about that and he said, ‘Hey, we’re intent on having the practice facility in Syosset.’
“I thought that sort of defeated the charm of going to Brooklyn. They were leaving Long Island. Their home games are not on Long Island anymore. It’s going to be tough to convince all those Long Island fans to continue to support the team when it’s in Brooklyn.
“I thought that was the better play – but what do I know, it’s not my team or my money – was to make sure it became a Brooklyn-based team.”
Still, Milbury said, in the end “everybody loves a winner” and he likes what he sees from the Islanders in hockey terms.
The Avs lost 5-3 to the Islanders...
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
It was an especially tough night for the Avalanche's third defensive pairing, Zach Redmond and Brandon Gormley. Both were minus-3.
"They've been playing some good hockey for us," said Avalanche coach Patrick Roy. "Tonight was maybe a mismatch for them in some ways. But it's back-to-back games and we just needed to use everybody tonight. Obviously when they are out there, we need that extra save from our goaltender."...
Varlamov made 23 saves.
"It's not easy for him," Roy said. "Obviously, we need that extra save and we didn't get it on the road. It's hard to win if you're giving four goals on the road. We just need more from him. Like I said, he's our number one guy and we're behind him, but we need and expect more from him."
more on the game...
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
It’s no secret the Winnipeg Jets are a potential trade partner for the New York Islanders, who are actively trying to accommodate Travis Hamonic’s request to be dealt to the West.
However, Elliotte Friedman, who was first to report Hamonic’s situation earlier this month, says there are a lot of moving parts to a potential trade.
“I really believe there’s a deal to be made there between Islanders and Jets for Hamonic,” Friedman told Sportsnet 960 The Fan Monday. “Now, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, but I think there’s something there.”
While there is plenty of speculation surrounding the futures of pending unrestricted free agents Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien, Friedman feels what the Jets decide to do with pending RFA defenceman Jacob Trouba could be a determining factor in a potential deal with the Islanders.
“Everybody talks about Ladd and Byfuglien, but to me Trouba is just as big a deal because he’s heading into the end of his entry-level contract.”
The first nine shots turned into goals, the tenth shootout attempt failed. The Florida Panther defeated the New York Islanders 3-2.
Here is the complete shootout...
via George Richards of the Miami Herald,
"Aw man, if they scored one more goal and I think I was coming out,” Luongo joked about giving up four in a row. “I was going to let [Al] Montoya take over, throw up my hands. But this was a big game for us before we hit the road. We played solid, didn’t give them much. They’re a good team, and we stuck with it."
from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report,
- Nashville's David Poile has had a number of discussions with CAA Sports, Pat Brisson and JP Barry about extending the contracts of defenceman Seth Jones and forward Filip Forsberg. Poile initiated talks last summer in an effort to get an early jump in the process and properly gauge how both players will impact his payroll in the years ahead.
- In Brooklyn, Islanders GM Garth Snow isn't as motivated to sign Kyle Okposo. The 27-year-old sits second in team scoring behind John Tavares, but there doesn't appear to be any urgency to keep the veteran winger who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. It seems more and more likely that Okposo will join teammate Travis Hamonic on the trade market.
- No news is good news. The NHL won't comment on where it is in terms of reviewing the details associated with Patrick Kane's sexual assault allegations, which were dismissed earlier this month when prosecutors declined to file charges based on a lack of evidence.
Most believe the league will also find no fault and will announce as much when ready, but sources say the NHL isn't there yet. So from an league's perspective, it's not 'case closed' just yet.
read on for some Leafs and Oilers talk...
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Everyone is on notice. The Islanders will make an ownership transition in July, with Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin taking the majority reins from Charles Wang. The team's partner/landlord at Barclays Center wants to sell more tickets.
Those are the pressures on Snow and the coaching staff, as tight-knit a group as the players say they are in the room. Those same players, who have benefited from an extremely player-friendly coach in Capuano, can't abuse that situation by not being tough on one another after games such as Sunday's 4-2 loss in Montreal, when the players were more upset about borderline penalty calls than their 0-for-5 night on the power play and 2-for-5 night on the penalty kill.
Thanksgiving is coming, the most important family time of the year. If the Islanders don't treat this week with the proper importance, their own family may be fractured.
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
The Islanders host the Flyers on Wednesday, and you sure have to wonder if steady Travis Hamonic will be on the Long Island/Brooklyn blue-line for that one.
Two losses in two games since Hamonic’s request to be moved to the Western Conference became public won’t exactly force GM Garth Snow’s hand on their own. But keeping the unhappy Hamonic around for much longer seems awkward for one and all, even if it seems somewhat unclear where he wants to go, and for what reason.
Originally, it seemed that Hamonic preferred Winnipeg if at all possible, and if not, Edmonton or Calgary. Perhaps Minnesota. A few teams — Detroit, L.A. — called to investigate and were told flatly there was "no fit."
But then there’s Anaheim. GM Bob Murray has been poking around the Hamonic situation for months — some GMs seemed to know more of his impending availability than others — and there are those who believe Hamonic would accept a move to the Ducks. With young defencemen like Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen and Cam Fowler on the roster, plus Shea Theodore in the organization, the Ducks would definitely seem to have the necessary pieces, with Snow looking for a young rearguard he can use now in exchange for the 25-year-old Hamonic.
continued plus many more hockey topics...
from Bryan Trottier at the Players' Tribune,
Kid, I’m from the future. I’m you, 50 years from now. You’re looking at me like, “You? The guy with the mustache and all the scars? What the heck happened to me?”
- The disco era. That will inspire the mustache.
- 18 seasons in the NHL. That will give you the scars.
Now I know you’re thinking — that’s impossible. There’s no way. You’re 10 years old, and you just watched Jean Beliveau lift the Stanley Cup on Hockey Night in Canada on your black and white TV in 1966. It seemed like the broadcast was coming from the moon. It didn’t seem real. You tell your parents you want to be Jean Beliveau, but it’s like you’re saying you want to be Superman.
And you — you’re just kid on a farm in Saskatchewan in the ’60s. Life is so simple. There’s precisely one TV channel. You’ve never even seen a “hockey card.” There’s an actual siren that goes off at 9 p.m. in your tiny town that warns all the kids to go home.
Hometown Hockey was in Corner Brook, Newfoundland this weekend and had some great video features.
Here is one on John Tavares and P.K. Subban and please check out all the rest of the videos.
P.K. Subban and John Tavares are two of the NHL’ s brightest stars and they forged a friendship as rivals in minor hockey. But the connection between the families started long before the two were even born.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
If there were a simple move to be made, it would have been made by now. But we're talking about the Islanders' best defenseman on arguably the most cap-friendly contract (four years remaining after this one at an average salary of $3.875 million) for a top-pair, righthanded defenseman in the NHL. That's rainbow unicorn territory in its uniqueness.
So now that the request to be moved to, or closer to Hamonic's Winnipeg home for family reasons is public, what are Snow's options? Here's a primer on which defensemen the Isles may want, given that TSN reported earlier this week that the most interested list comprises these five teams:
JACOB TROUBA, JETS
He's righthanded, he's got a physical side and he could easily be a future star. Still only 21, the question for the Islanders is can Trouba jump in and play 23 minutes a night the way Hamonic does? The question for the Jets, the same one for all the other teams on this list, is would you give up one of your top young defensemen for Hamonic?
T.J. BRODIE, FLAMES
The closest match to Hamonic in age (25, same as Hamonic), contract (five years, $4.6 million per year) and usage (plays 25:19 a game). The Flames have allowed a league-high 75 goals this season, but Brodie is still likely the most attractive defenseman on this list despite being a lefty who could play his off side.
read on for more names...
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