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from Peter Botte of the New York Daily News,
The NHL has dispatched its noted ice guru to assist the Islanders with what has become another troublesome issue in their first season at Barclays Center.
Ice expert Dan Craig and other league technicians have visited the first-year NHL arena multiple times in the past week after several Islanders publicly complained about the ice conditions following recent games.
"In preparation for upcoming home games we are working closely with the National Hockey League and have installed a temporary dehumidification system, commonly used at arenas during warmer months, in order to provide the best possible ice for Islanders players," Barclays Center spokesman Barry Baum said Sunday. "We are committed to delivering a first-class experience for players and fans."
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
There was captain John Tavares calling it “embarrassing.” Across the room, alternate captain Frans Nielsen was saying a performance like this “can’t happen.”
Yet probably the most damning part of the Islanders’ 5-0 blowout loss to the Penguins on Saturday afternoon at Barclays Center was this sentiment, coming from coach Jack Capuano:
“It’s not like we have a lot of guys in the bullpen that we can put in there,” Capuano said.
So this is the Islanders (42-26-9), in all of the ugly splendor of their new annual spring swoon — which, if you remember, is better than the November swoon which shot any hope of the playoffs in the foot before getting off the ground. Their previous standing kept them two points clear of the victorious Flyers for the first wild-card position, so tenuously secured with just five games remaining in the regular season.
Knee to knee hit , watch it below...
Islanders announce he is out with a lower-body injury.
from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,
Jean Potvin made his entrance at Patsy’s Pizzeria just across Flatbush Avenue from Barclays Center, where he was greeted by his younger brother Denis, still one of the best known figures in New York sports almost three decades after retiring.
They began playfully bantering in French, which led to laughter and hugs. Such is the constant repartee between the jovial siblings, teammates on the Islanders starting in 1973, when General Manager Bill Torrey acquired Jean from the Philadelphia Flyers and then drafted Denis several months later with the first overall pick.
The Islanders went on to win the Stanley Cup each year from 1980 through 1983. Denis, the captain of those teams, remains part of Madison Square Garden lore courtesy of a coarse chant by Rangers fans — many too young to have seen him play — which dates to 1979, when many fans believe an injury he caused to Rangers center Ulf Nilsson cost them the Stanley Cup.
“I’m glad they remember Potvin’s Cups,” Denis said with a broad smile as he sipped a cappuccino. “I have four.”
via Cory Wright of NewYorkIslanders.com,
Jaroslav Halak will miss the rest of the New York Islanders’ regular season.
“He’s out at least six weeks,” Jack Capuano said. “We’ll go from there.”
The Islanders' goaltender was injured in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Halak is 18-13-4 with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage this season.
Thomas Greiss will assume the starting role in Halak's absence.
The Islanders had no update on Halak post-game.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- The Kings don’t have a lot of cap space, but if they were able to find a defenceman who doesn’t carry a high price tag and would give them some depth, they’d be willing to make the deal.
- A guy to keep an eye on is New York Islanders winger Kyle Okposo. While the 27-year-old winger isn’t mentioned much, he went into Thursday with 15-31-46 totals in 56 games and although the chances of him being moved are slim the indications are Islanders’ GM Garth Snow is listening to see what he can get. If the asking price for other forwards is a first round pick and a prospect then the Isles should be able to get that in return but that wouldn’t help them for a long playoff run. A UFA making $2.8 million, Okposo is going to at least get some attention from the contenders.
more notes including the Oilers, Eric Staal and Loui Eriksson...
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Travis Hamonic remains a longshot to be moved prior to Monday’s deadline.
Kevin Epp, the agent for the New York Islanders’ defenceman, said Wednesday night a trade for his client is unlikely until the offseason.
That isn’t exactly a surprise. Hamonic, 25, has been on the market since before mid-November - when his trade request leaked out - but there has been nary a sniff or hint that a deal is close.
“I think it’s more of a trade that happens draft time, the offseason,” Epp told TSN 1040 Radio in Vancouver. “He’s playing such good hockey and the Islanders are in a playoff position. I’m not sure he’ll get moved unless there’s a deal that makes sense for both sides, which hasn’t happened so far. So nothing leads me to believe he’ll be moved.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
So, do we have the makings of a goaltending controversy brewing in Brooklyn?
Hard to argue with Islanders head coach Jack Capuano's decision to go with Thomas Greiss in Thursday's big divisional clash with the first-place Washington Capitals. Greiss has played well of late, and did so again Thursday as the Isles came back to earn a loser's point in a 3-2 overtime loss. Greiss is now 7-1-1 in his past nine decisions.
Starter Jaroslav Halak has made it easy for the team to turn to Greiss, losing lost four of five and giving up 18 goals over that five-game span.
Now, we're a long way from having to name a playoff starter -- assuming the Isles make the playoffs, which they should -- but if the playoffs started today the No. 1 storyline at the Barclays Center would be goaltending.
So, how do you think this plays out as we head down the stretch? Any other goaltending brouhahas out there worth noting?
more on the Islanders from the ESPN guys...
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