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via Chris Botta tweets,
NHL source: Floor piping system at Barclays Center in Brooklyn does not meet NHL standard requirements for ice-making.
Barclays has PVC piping. All other NHL rinks have steel pipes. PVC cannot maintain ideal temp of 21 degrees for NHL play.
Only solution is to tear up Barclays Center floor and install proper piping. Not easy, but should have been done in offseason.
Arena mgt knows this and hasn't fixed it yet, which is inexcusable, brings down caliber of play and is potentially dangerous.
Barclays ice will be fine when weather is freezing. But (heaven forbid) there's a long Cup run someday...disastah.
New Islanders owners want to fix the ice problem. Likely another big reason they are looking at other arena deals.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
The director had a question for John Tavares: “How do you feel about pineapples?”
The director had an instruction for John Tavares: “Be super-evocative!”
The director had a request for John Tavares: “Do you know any good Canadian jokes?”
Tavares responded to all of it with an assortment of quizzical looks while good-naturedly going with the flow on Wednesday at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow.
It was an Islanders off day, part of which their captain spent doing a photo and video shoot for his new endorsement deal with Vita Coco coconut water, doing his best to conform outside his comfort zone.
via Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Islanders captain John Tavares made it a 2-0 game but not without a bit of controversy. Cal Clutterbuck set it up by kicking the puck back to the charging Tavares but Carlyle and Getzlaf felt Clutterbuck illegally played the puck while holding a broken stick.
It isn’t a reviewable play and their protesting fell on deaf ears.
“I thought that the rule stated that if a player breaks his stick, he’s automatically expected to drop it immediately and not make a play on the puck,” Carlyle said. “And from our standpoint, it looked like he tried to make a play on the puck and then realized that his stick was broken.
“With a stick in his hand, he kicked the puck. From our perspective, it should have been blown dead.
Watch the goal below... the Ducks lost 3-2 in OT
The New York Islanders agreed to terms on a two-year, $5 million deal with forward Ryan Strome on Tuesday.
Last season, Strome scored eight goals and added 20 assists in 71 games with the Islanders.
The Mississauga, ON native was drafted fifth overall in 2011 and posted career highs in goals (17), assists (33) and points (50) in 2014-15.
In his first pro season in 2013-14, Strome scored 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists) in just 37 games with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
from Larry Brooks of thr New York Post,
The Islanders’ Ryan Strome is not playing in the World Cup, but the unsigned, 23-year-old restricted free agent faces a unique situation among his counterparts. For while the NHL deadline under the CBA for signing Group II’s is set at Dec. 1, the Islanders policy of cutting off negotiations upon the opening of training camp initially established by Charles Wang remains in place.
That gives Strome — the fifth overall selection in the 2011 Entry Draft (one slot ahead of the Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad) who had a very disappointing 2015-16 (8-12-20 in 71 games) during which he was sent to AHL Bridgeport and was ultimately a scratch in three playoff matches — until Thursday to reach an agreement with general manager Garth Snow.
That does not necessarily mean that the Islanders would not match an offer sheet if the forward were to receive one after the reporting date, Snow told The Post. Offer sheets up to $1,239,265 per would not carry any compensation. Strome is coming off a three-year entry level deal worth an average $863,333.
“There are too many unknown variables regarding a hypothetical situation such as an offer sheet to throw it under the umbrella of any team’s policy,” Snow said via email. “Therefore, if a scenario/opportunity such as this presents itself, we will deal with it on a case by case basis at the appropriate time.”
read on for why Dustin Byfuglien did not play on Saturday...
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
For the past few decades, the Islanders organization has floated further and further away from the traditions and the team that made up the greatest run in sports history. The dynasty of the four straight Stanley Cups, starting in 1980, and the players who made up those teams, were becoming forgotten by the younger generation of the fan base.
But on Monday, at the team’s sparkling new practice facility on Long Island, with whip-smart new owner Jon Ledecky leading the show, and with one more memorial to beloved coach Al Arbour, who passed away one year and one day ago, things are beginning to look stabilized.
Finally, it seems this is a franchise that isn’t just talking about honoring its history, but is doing it in as many ways as possible. And that starts with bringing back Islanders alumni and having them as engaged as possible, as seen in their teary eyes as they once again shared memories of their coach, who died last Aug. 28 and continues to set the standard for integrity in a sometimes wayward organization.
“When you look at a world of [salary] cap and free agency, and you look at the discussions people have about teams, having an engaged alumni base is a terrific, positive mark for people deciding where they’re going to play,” said Ledecky, who is becoming the face of this front office.
from John Matisz at the Toronto Sun,
Keep one eye glued on Josh Ho-Sang this coming season. He may be the sport’s most fascinating figure without a guaranteed job in the NHL.
The 2014 New York Islanders first-rounder will likely land on the farm in Bridgeport, Conn., after four years of junior. A colourful youngster with an enviable skill set on the wing, Ho-Sang is primed to get a chance to impress at the AHL level.
Among the 20-year-old’s various exploits: two years ago Ho-Sang publicly chastised Hockey Canada for not dispensing the respect he feels he deserves; and last fall he slept through Day 1 of the Isles’ main camp.
The Thornhill, Ont. product’s brash personality rubs some people the wrong way. Unfortunately for them, Ho-Sang doesn’t seem to care what other people think of him — which is admirable. On the ice, he is a supremely gifted passer and stickhandler with 337 points in 288 career Ontario Hockey League games.
Through a spokesperson, Ho-Sang on Wednesday declined multiple interview requests at BioSteel Camp. Perhaps his headline-making days are over?
more hockey topic including the ongoing BioSteel Camp...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
How do you react when you hear reports of the Isles moving again soon, from Brooklyn to Queens?
Those things are out of our control as players. Having certainty on where you’re playing is important. Ownership has said they’re committed to Brooklyn. If things change, we’ll see. Obviously there are reports. I know the organization doesn’t comment on rumours, so if it happens, it happens.
Is the Barclays Center ice really as bad as its reputation?
Yeah, it had its moments. To be dead honest, I think the worst ice I skated on all year was in Toronto. It was so hot the one game [on March 9], I couldn’t believe how warm it was. We were playing there on a back-to-back, and by the end of the third period we couldn’t even move. We lost [4-3 in a shootout]. There are some hiccups in being in a new arena, in a rink that technically wasn’t build for hockey. There were hurdles to overcome early on, but I think as the year went on it got better and better. The ice was at its best in the playoffs, to be perfectly honest with you. If they continue to work at it and make improvements, it’ll get better.
much more including World Cup talk and a few players who left the Islanders...
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