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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Andrew MacDonald is the best bargain in the league. The Islanders defenseman is in the last season of a four-year, $2.2 million contract, according to http://www.capgeek.com At th.is rate, the unrestricted free agent-to-be could land a deal 10 times better than his $550,000 average annual value.
Through 42 games, MacDonald was averaging 25:58 of ice time, seventh highest in the NHL. He also led the league with 143 blocked shots.
The 27-year-old left-shot defenseman plays in all situations, although that’s more a function of the Islanders’ thin blue line compared to other clubs.
If the Islanders opt to trade MacDonald instead of re-sign him, he’d be a very good second-pairing fit for any playoff team. And if MacDonald reaches the open market, he’s due at least a five-year deal worth $5.5 million annually, which would put him in line with comparables such as Bouwmeester, Martin, and Andrei Markov.
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Jack Capuano post-game after losing to Carolina 3-2. Capuano becomes more 'critical' as the press conference moves on...
from Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank:
Kyle Okposo got left off of the USA Olympic Ice Hockey team. Have you heard? But before we let this horse lie, we’ll let Islanders play-by-play man Howie Rose get a word in. At the top of the broadcast of tonight’s game at the Coliseum against the Blackhawks, Rose self-admittedly got on a soapbox and ranted about Okposo’s snub.
“When you’ve been where the Islanders have been for the last two decades, it stands to reason that you are going to find yourselves disrespected. More so than most other teams in the National Hockey league,” Rose said just before puck drop.
continued plus Schultz posted a video of the remarks from Rose.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The locker room was silent and crestfallen — a common postgame environment lately for the imploding Wild.
But this time, it was different. Stunned players sat with blank “What just happened?” looks after the Wild, in desperate need of a victory, somehow blew a three-goal lead at home Sunday night to a New York Islanders team that is near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, played the night before and deployed its backup goalie.
Wild players were booed off the ice by many of the announced 18,851 irritated spectators after the 5-4 loss. The besieged coach had a hard time finding words. The scrutinized captain didn’t know what to say either.
“There’s no explanations,” said Mikko Koivu, who assisted on goals by Jonas Brodin and Nino Niederreiter on back-to-back, first-line shifts to give the Wild a 3-0 lead only 2 minutes, 59 seconds into the second period. “It just can’t happen. If you ask what happened, I really don’t know right now. I don’t want to say things that I don’t mean.”
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.
If this means the Islanders represent the Battle of New York Royalty in the wake of their 5-3 victory over the Rangers at the Garden on Friday night, then so be it, for the position on our town’s hockey throne has been at least temporarily vacated by Henrik Lundqvist....
Three of the four against him — the fifth was an empty-netter — dribbled through, one on a penalty shot. For the first time in his career, Lundqvist has allowed three goals or more in seven straight starts. He is 10-15-2 with a plebian 2.77 GAA and .905 save percentage.
“I’m not doing my job,” Lundqvist told The Post. “It’s my job to clean up the mistakes and I’m not doing that.
“When we come into the room, all we can ask of one another as teammates is for everyone to work hard and for everyone to care,” he said. “I know I’m doing that, but it’s very difficult not to help my team the way I want to. It’s very disappointing.”
Clutterbuck scores on the penalty shot, which happened while the Islanders were short-handed.
The Isles also added another short-handed goal to lead 2-1 after the first period.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Nine times in 35 games.
That’s 25.7 percent of the Islanders’ season, over a quarter of the time they hit the ice -- that’s how often they have blown a third-period lead.
Four of those were two-goal leads, like Tuesday night. In three of them, the Islanders have allowed the tying goal in the final minute of regulation -- like Tuesday night.
A remarkable eight of those nine have been on home ice -- like Tuesday night. That’s eight games out of 18 at the Coliseum, almost half of their games so far.
Say what you want about this team -- that they’re not talented enough, that their defense is subpar, that they aren’t good enough to win regularly -- but they were good enough to be ahead deep into nine of these games and ended up winning two of them.
They are 2-2-5 in those games. If they hold four of these leads, then the Islanders are no better and no worse than the bulk of the Metro Division.
The After Forty segment of HNIC discussed it may be time for George Parros to hang up his skates.
But Don Cherry during the post-game segment of HNIC did not like the suggestion a few of the panel members made, watch it below...
My question, why fight at that point of the game?
No update on Parros at this point...
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