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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...
The New York Islanders changed so many things when they won four consecutive Stanley Cups. But that journey to their 80s dynasty also bonded together a special group of teammates, which helped lift them towards hockey’s pinnacle.
Dick Irvin with the feature...
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
This just in, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman talking to Oilers uber-insider Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now and dropping a new trade rumour bombshells.
Stauffer mentioned the Oilers trying to upgrade at right defence from Justin Schultz by moving for either Sami Vatanen of Anaheim or Travis Hamonic of the Islanders, as both teams can use a scoring winger. ...
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re getting near to the end of his time with the Edmonton Oilers,” Friedman said. “I mean the writing is very much on the wall. I think it is time. I think both the organization and the player need a fresh start. It’s just not really changing there at all. I could see the Oilers not wanting to commit for whatever the salary is going to be for this year. I think there is a decent chance that a trade with him could happen.”
Friedman said he wasn’t optimistic about the New York Islanders signing winger Kyle Okposo, and Stauffer interjected that at the World Jr. tournament Islanders ace John Tavares had had success with Oilers winger Jordan Eberle.
Said Friedman: “I do believe we are getting closer to the day that Edmonton makes a move with one of its young forwards. I would say on the ranking of it probably (Jordan) Eberle one, (Ryan) Nugent-Hopkins two for a young player, for a defenceman. I think that everybody is looking at Hamonic and saying, ‘Is there going to be a match there?’ I have no doubt that that is what the Oilers are considering. I have no doubt they’re going to try to get it done.”
NEW YORK (Jan. 23, 2016) – Today's game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders at Barclays Center, NHL Game No. 716, has been postponed due to the severe snowstorm impacting the metro New York area.
A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.
First up, Erik Gudbranson on Teuvo Teravainen...
Below, Erik Karlsson on Nick Leddy...
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