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Afternoon Line- Fluto Shinzawa On John Tavares

It is possible the Islanders will not make the playoffs. They are looking up at Columbus, which currently has the best odds of landing the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders will have to contend with the Hurricanes and Panthers, who are also fighting for the eighth spot. Before the deadline, GM Garth Snow’s biggest move was to acquire Chris Wagner from Anaheim for Jason Chimera.

None of this can make John Tavares feel good....

The Islanders have some good things. On Feb. 23, Snow re-upped Josh Bailey, Tavares’s linemate, to a six-year, $30 million extension. Rookie Mat Barzal will be a star for many years. But they do not have an ace in goal. Snow is locked in to Casey Cizikas ($3.35 million annually through 2021), Johnny Boychuk ($6 million through 2022), and Andrew Ladd ($5.5 million through 2023).

Tavares controls the situation. His decision will have long-lasting effects on the organization. 

-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe where you can read more on Tavares and other topics including the rebuild for the NYR.

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“Petr Mrazek, underwhelming behind Jimmy Howard in Detroit, has caught on in Philadelphia. The Flyers were in a bind without Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth. So GM Ron Hextall made a sharp emergency move by trading a 2018 third-rounder and a 2019 fourth-round pick for the athletic 26-year-old, who could be revived in the organization that has burned through generations of goalies. Following his first four appearances, Mrazek had a 3-1-0 record with a 1.96 goals-against average and .928 save percentage for the surging Flyers. Such performance will be hard to sustain. But Mrazek, who is restricted at season’s end, has the talent to go on tears. Hextall has remade a defense that could grow with Mrazek.”

Fun stuff.

We shall see how it plays it out.

Posted by Lefty30 on 03/04/18 at 03:45 AM ET

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