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A Letter To A Young Mike Bossy

from Mike Bossy at The Players' Tribune,

Dear 14-year-old Mike,

I write to you today as a 60-year-old man, and I have some news from the future that you probably aren’t going to believe.

There are 30 teams in the NHL in the year 2017, and next season, there’s going to be one in Las Vegas.

Guys don’t smoke cigarettes and drink black coffee at intermission anymore. They drink smoothies and “stretch.”

The going rate for a 50-goal scorer is about $9 million a year.

And fighting is considered a dying art.

I know the last one probably sounds pretty good to you right now. You’re about to experience more than your fair share of violence. In fact, the reason I’m writing to you now is because you’re about to go through one of the toughest times you’ll ever have to face.

I hope you have enjoyed your beautiful nose for the past 14 years, because pretty soon it’s not going to be so straight anymore.


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Thomas Greiss Apologizes For Political Post

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss issued an apology for causing an uproar in his native Germany for several Instagram posts that he “liked” during the U.S. presidential campaign, one of which compared Hillary Clinton to Adolf Hitler.

Greiss’ social media behavior had drawn the attention of the German hockey federation, for whom Greiss is currently playing in the World Championships in Cologne. The head of the federation strongly criticized Greiss’ behavior, forcing the Islanders and Greiss to give Newsday statements last night.


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Report- The Latest On The New York Islanders And The Barclays Center

from Jim Baumbach and Robert Brodsky of Newsday,

The Barclays Center has taken the first preliminary step toward a potential opt-out of its 25-year deal with the Islanders, according to sources.

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which runs the Barclays Center and the renovated Nassau Coliseum, recently notified the Islanders in writing that the window to renegotiate the terms of the license agreement is open, as per the terms of the contract.

The two sides have until Jan. 1, 2018, to renegotiate the terms, according to the summary of the license agreement previously obtained by Newsday. If no new deal is reached, the two sides can stay with the current deal or choose to opt out. Each side would have until Jan. 30, 2018, to deliver an opt-out notice in writing.

If the Islanders decide to opt out, the team can choose to leave at the end of next season or the end of the 2018-19 season. If Barclays triggers the opt-out, the Islanders would have to leave after the 2018-19 season.


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Could The New York Islanders Return To Nassau Coliseum?

from Jim Baumbach and Robert Brodsky of Newsday,

The operators of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center are preparing a pitch to bring the Islanders back to the recently renovated Nassau Coliseum, according to Kevin Law, the president and chief executive of Long Island Association, the region’s largest business group.

Law said Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which runs both Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum, will offer to make further “adjustments” to the Coliseum — such as adding seats — to address the Islanders’ potential concerns.

“Over the last two months, I have met with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Islanders owners, I’ve met with the county and the state,” Law said. “What I just learned very recently is that BSE will be offering a plan to the Islanders to move them back to the Coliseum.”


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Doug Weight Will Remain The Coach Of The New York Islanders

from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders announced today that Doug Weight has been named Head Coach. 

Weight was named the club's interim Head Coach midway through the 2016-17 season and led the team to a 24-12-4 record over the final 40 games. From Weight's first game on January 19 to the end of the season, the Islanders posted the second-best record in the National Hockey League with 24 wins and 52 points. The club also registered the most hits in the league during that stretch and scored the fourth-most goals (120).

"Doug has earned this opportunity from the tremendous work he has put in over the past five seasons in our front office and especially from the time he took over as interim Head Coach earlier this season," President and General Manager Garth Snow said. "His leadership and experiences from both playing and behind the bench are valuable intangibles that not every coach can translate into a winning formula. He's gained the trust and respect from our entire team, making him the best choice to become Head Coach."

Weight is the 19th head coach in Islanders history. He will continue to serve as the team's Assistant GM. Prior to filling the interim position, the Detroit, Mich. native served as Assistant Coach and Assistant GM.  


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What’s Next For The New York Islanders?

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Sources indicated owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky still were discussing Monday and into Tuesday whether to make sweeping changes to hockey operations or keep president and general manager Garth Snow in charge.

Keeping Snow in control likely would mean keeping Doug Weight behind the bench, a move nearly every player endorsed Monday. Weight led the team to a 24-12-4 record after taking over for Jack Capuano on Jan. 17.

Malkin and Ledecky have continued to talk to potential team president candidates over the past few weeks. Pat Brisson, John Tavares’ high-powered agent, remains a strong draw for the Isles owners despite Brisson’s denials of interest in such a job. Dale Tallon, as first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, drew strong interest before he resumed his perch as Panthers GM following a strange year in south Florida.

Dean Lombardi, Kings GM since 2006, is a free agent after being fired Monday night. Ledecky and Malkin have ties to the Los Angeles organization, so don’t discount Lombardi, a Massachusetts native.


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Playoff Hopes Still Alive For The New York Islanders And Tampa Bay Lightning

from Neil Best of Newsday,

The Maple Leafs have 93 points and the Islanders 90 with two games apiece remaining. The Lightning also has 90 points with two left.

One road requires the Islanders to beat the Devils on Saturday and the Senators Sunday while the Maple Leafs lose both to the Penguins and Blue Jackets, with at least one of those losses coming in regulation time.

But for that math to work out, the Islanders would need to win both of their games in regulation or overtime, enabling them to pass the Maple Leafs in the regulation-and-overtime-wins tiebreaker if both finish with 94 points.

That reality could make for some complicated strategizing for Weight. In theory, it might benefit the Islanders to pull their goalie in overtime to secure a win before the shootout for tiebreaker purposes.


from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Making the playoffs is still a long shot, but the quest should make for a fun final 72 hours of the regular season. Tampa Bay needs to win its final two games, tonight in Montreal and Sunday at home against Buffalo, in regulation or overtime. Toronto must lose its final two games, both at home, Saturday against Pittsburgh and Sunday against Columbus; the Maple Leafs can't pick up more than one point.

Tampa Bay also needs the Islanders, tied with it in points but who hold the tiebreaker, to lose one of its final two games, Saturday at New Jersey or Sunday at home against Ottawa, or win one of them in a shootout.

"At this point, all we can do is put a little pressure on," defenseman Anton Stralman said. "And obviously hope that Pittsburgh and Columbus to do their jobs (beat Toronto). That's all we can ask for."


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Video- John Tavares Injured In Islanders Win Over The Devils

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders needed two points, and they got what they needed Friday night.

But when John Tavares limped off the ice with 3:14 remaining, it might have been the real end to their season, even as they kept their fading postseason hopes alive at Barclays Center.

It was an ugly 2-1 win in which the Islanders received 10 power plays from the sloppy Devils, who threw pucks over the glass and threw high sticks with equal abandon all night.

Anders Lee scored on the power play in the first period, Anthony Beauvillier scored at even strength in the second off a nifty feed from Josh Ho-Sang and Jaroslav Halak was sharp, making 26 saves as the Isles pulled within four points of the Bruins with five games to go.

That may all be moot, however. Tavares got tangled up with Devils defenseman Steve Santini behind the New Jersey net on the eighth Islanders power play and awkwardly tried to step through. Tavares appeared to catch his skate in a rut and immediately grabbed his left hamstring, going to the ice and needing help from his teammates to make it off the rink.

Doug Weight had no update after the game other than to say he’s hopeful — though also preparing to need another body for tomorrow’s game in Buffalo.

“It’s a big blow any time you see your best player in distress,” Weight said after his team snapped a three-game losing streak and a five-game losing skid at home. “We’re going to need a guy to come up, step in and contribute, and we need the guys who were better tonight to keep pulling the rope.”


Video of the injury is below...

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Video- You Make The Call - Islanders/Penguins

Dough Weight not a happy coach.


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The Playoff Battle In The Eastern Conference

from Rob Vollman at NHL.com,

There's a fierce battle for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Boston Bruins hold the second wild card with 82 points, followed by the New York Islanders, who have 80 points and a game in hand. Each team trails the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are third in the Atlantic Division with 83 points with 10 games remaining.

If the standings remain this way, Toronto will make the playoffs for the second time since 2003-04, Boston will end a two-season absence, and New York will miss the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

The Bruins and Maple Leafs have an edge in the standings and in most statistical categories, but neither team is out of the woods yet. The Islanders have been one of the NHL's best offensive teams since Doug Weight replaced Jack Capuano as coach Jan. 17, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are five behind the Bruins with 77 points, are one of several teams within striking distance if some should fade down the stretch.

Let's break down the numbers behind each team's key advantage.


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