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Matt Moulson’s Return To Long Island

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

It's not too often you see a crowd cheer when an opposing team scores, but that's exactly what happened in Matt Moulson's emotional return to Long Island. The heart-and-soul forward, who was traded by the New York Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres in return for Vanek -- a shocking blockbuster trade that stunned just about everyone -- tallied twice in his first game back against his old club, boosting the Minnesota Wild to a critical 6-0 win over the Islanders.

Moulson received a boisterous response from the Islanders faithful when he was announced as the first star of the night and raised his stick in salute to the fans.

It was a fitting tribute for Moulson, who said yesterday he had wanted to remain on Long Island for the rest of his career. That trade will remain a puzzling one, and it was clear in his return that Moulson is still stung by the way he was unceremoniously shipped out of town. Nice for Moulson to have such a big night in his first game back against his former team, and nice for the fans to give him the recognition he deserves.

more from the ESPN hockey crew including Burnside on the Senators and Devils, LeBrun on the Canadiens, Leafs and Lightning and Custance on the Capitals...

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Canucks Lead 3-0 Going Into The 3rd Period, Lose 7-4 To Islanders

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Anyone who couldn't believe what they saw Monday from the Vancouver Canucks hasn't been paying attention the last two months.

You may have been horrified, disgusted, disillusioned, sad or angry, but shocked? No, not with these Canucks. Not with the way their disintegration has been accelerating in recent weeks, how a team that was one of the best in the National Hockey League only a couple of years ago has completely dissolved before our eyes – and the eyes of coach John Tortorella and general manager Mike Gillis – this winter.

The collapse on home ice against the New York Islanders is merely the grotesque next step of a team that long ago lost its way and only barrels deeper and more hopelessly into the abyss week by week.

On the day Gillis sent a letter to season-ticket holders re-stating the organization's goal to win the Stanley Cup, the chalice hasn't looked as far away in 15 years as it did Monday night when the Canucks were outscored 7-1 in the third period by a lousy Islander team long ridiculed for its ineptitude.

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Watch the game highlights below and also John Tortorella post-game...

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Audio/Video- Garth Snow Talks Thomas Vanek

Garth Snow, GM for the New York Islanders phoned in to Sportsnet's Hockey Central @ Noon show.

Snow discussed the trade of Vanek to Montreal and also thought the Islanders had a chance to sign him.

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What Did Garth Snow Do?

from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,

Snow sent Vanek, a two-time 40-goal scorer and perhaps the most coveted forward on the rental market plus a conditional fifth-round pick, to Montreal for what appears to be a pretty meager return.

The Islanders acquired a conditional second-round pick in 2014 and Swedish prospect Sebastian Collberg in the deal, which pales in comparison to what they surrendered to land him in the early-season blockbuster with Buffalo. Looking to shake things up with his team, Snow sent heart-and-soul winger Matt Moulson, a first round pick and second-round pick to the Sabres. Compare the two returns and you can understand why Islanders fans are livid.

What’s more is that the Islanders won’t even get back that second-round pick if the Canadiens don’t make the playoffs -- a nightmare scenario which would mean all they get in the deal is Collberg. And suffice it to say, he’s not exactly lighting things up over in the Swedish Elite League. 

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Andrew MacDonald Traded To Philadelphia

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Video- Travis Hamonic Suspended One Game

NEW YORK (March 1, 2014) -- New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has been suspended, without pay, for one game for instigating a fight during the final five minutes of NHL Game No. 903 at Nassau Coliseum this afternoon, March 1, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Hamonic will forfeit $19,780.22 in salary. In addition, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano has been fined $10,000.

Hamonic was assessed a minor penalty for instigation, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct at 15:23 of the third period. Both the suspension to the player and the fine of the coach are automatic for a violation of Rule 46.22.

Watch the incident below...

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Video- Jonathan Bernier Now A Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Bernier with the giveaway to Michael Grabner who scores this shothanded goal, which happened to be his second 'shorty' on the same Toronto power play.

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Afternoon Line

via Arthur Staple tweets,

GM Garth Snow spitting mad over Tavares' Olympic injury: "Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season ticket holders now?"

"It's a joke. They want all the benefits from NHL players in Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt."

"It wouldn't matter if we were 10 points up on a playoff spot or 10 points out. We lost our best player and he wasn't playing for us."

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John Tavares Out For The Season With Knee Injury

 

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Report- Andrew MacDonald Says No To Islanders’ Contract Offer

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

If the Islanders trade Andrew MacDonald, it’s because of money.

A month a half ago, the Islanders defenseman turned down a four-year, $16 million offer, The Post has learned.

MacDonald and his agent had previously asked for a four- or five-year deal at $5 million per, and even got the Islanders to come up from their original starting price of $3.5 million per.

In turning down the offer, the pending unrestricted free agent has left himself as one of the league’s most highly coveted trade pieces, before both Friday’s 3 p.m. Olympic roster freeze and before the March 5 trade deadline.

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