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Video- A “Cheap Shot”

Leo Komarov.


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The Second Best Team In New York Is Striving To Be Better

from Neil Best of Newsday,

In case it was not evident before Tuesday night, the Islanders reminded everyone that they are the best hockey team in New York State, routing the Rangers, 6-1, at Nassau Coliseum.

Up next, three games against the Capitals, with whom they are tied for first place in the East Division. Fun? Sure. But even in a 56-game sprint, this regular-season story is starting to get a little stale.

Just wake us in mid-May, will ya, guys?

In the meantime, let us say a few words before it is too late about another interesting New York hockey team, one built for the near future more than the present.

Will the Rangers catch the Bruins for a playoff spot? That is increasingly unlikely. Tuesday’s loss, combined with surging Boston’s 2-0 victory over the Sabres, left the Rangers six points out with 10 games to play, two fewer than the Bruins have left.

It was a cold, hard slap in the face after four consecutive victories over the Devils’ JV squad.

Humbling? "Yeah, sure," Brendan Smith said. "They’re a good squad. They’re playoff-ready, and we got a little taste of that, for sure."

Said coach David Quinn, "When you lose 6-1 in the fashion we did, it certainly is humbling, that’s for sure."

The good, big-picture news for the Rangers is that making the playoffs is of secondary concern. Competing for them is the point, as the young Blueshirts try to deliver on the organization’s famed "we’re rebuilding" letter of Feb. 8, 2018.


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Video- Matt Martin Hit On Jacob Trouba

Trouba has not returned.


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The Best Trade Deadline Deal

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

It would be sinful to allow Trade Deadline Day to come and go without commemorating THE greatest deadline deal ever.

Center Butch Goring going to the New York Islanders from the L.A. Kings on Deadline Day, 1980, in exchange for defenseman Dave Lewis and right wing Billy Harris.

"That deal didn't win us a Stanley Cup," said Bill Torrey, the Isles boss who engineered the swap. "It won us FOUR Stanley Cups."

It certainly did.

Twice the Isles had been favored to win The Cup -- in 1978 and 1979 -- and twice they failed.


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Late Evening Line- Stan Fischler



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New Jersey Devils Trade Travis Zajac And Kyle Palmieri To The New York Islanders

via NJD press release,

The New Jersey Devils today traded center Travis Zajac and right wing Kyle Palmieri to the New York Islanders in exchange for the Islanders’ first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, a conditional fourth-round choice in the 2022 NHL Draft and forwards A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst.  New Jersey will retain 50% of both Zajac and Palmieri’s salaries in the transaction.

Greer, 24, is a 6’3”, 205lb. left wing currently playing with Bridgeport (AHL) where he has one goal and one assist in ten games.  In 37 career NHL contests, Greer has one goal and five assists.  He was Colorado’s second-round selection and 39th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.  Greer finished sixth in scoring (16g-16g-32pts) with the Colorado Rampage of the AHL last season and second in scoring (19g-25a-44pts) in his rookie year of 2018-19.  Jobst, 27, is a 5’8,” 185lb. forward who has two assists in six games with Bridgeport.  Both Greer and Jobst will report to Binghamton.

New Jersey now has nine picks in the 2021 NHL Draft.  The club has its own picks in rounds one, three, four and six;  the New York Islanders selections in rounds one and two; Buffalo’s fifth-round pick and Arizona’s third and seventh-round selections.

Zajac, 35, was New Jersey’s first-round selection and 20th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.  In 15 seasons, all with New Jersey, he appeared in 1,024 games scoring 202 goals and 348 assists for 550 points while registering 344 penalty minutes.  Zajac appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game on February 21 at Washington, becoming just the fourth player in franchise history to achieve that mark.  His games-played total ranks fourth in franchise history, goal total ranks tied for third, assist total is fifth and points rank third.  Zajac is due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Palmieri, 30, has spent the last six seasons with New Jersey after being acquired on June 26, 2015 from Anaheim for New Jersey’s second-round choice in the 2015 NHL draft and third-round choice in the 2016 NHL Draft.  In 397 games with New Jersey, he scored 140 goals and 126 assists for 266 points while registering 216 penalty minutes and represented the Devils at the 2019 All-Star Game in San Jose.  Palmieri is due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

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Kieffer Bellows Could Be A Trade Chip For The New York Islanders

from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

Trotz has 22 seasons of experience in how best to acclimate young players into the NHL and has said several times recently Bellows "is going to be a really good pro."

But with the trade deadline looming on April 12, it’s fair to wonder exactly for whom that message is meant. Bellows, the 19th overall pick in 2016, is one of the Islanders’ most valuable prospects. Surely, other organizations ask about him in any trade discussions.

Trotz could just be answering the questions asked. Or, he could be trying to assure other organizations of Bellows’ potential.

Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello has made no secret that he’s looking to offset the season-ending loss of captain Anders Lee (torn right anterior cruciate ligament). Lee has been placed on long-term injured reserve, so Lamoriello can use his $7 million salary cap hit to spend over the $81.5 million ceiling.

"The biggest thing for young players making an impression and having lasting success in the NHL is gaining the trust of the coach," Trotz said. "That starts with details on both sides of the puck.

"Rookies, they’ve got to bring the juice. They’ve got to be noticeable night in and night out."

read on

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The Same Divisional Teams Night After Night

from Neil Best of Newsday,

Where have you gone, Connor McDavid? Our nation of hockey fans turns its lonely eyes to you.

You, too, Leon Draisaitl, Auston Matthews, John Tavares and all those other star players toiling somewhere in Canada who might as well be playing in Novosibirsk for all we see of them these days.

Come to think of it, same goes for many U.S.-based hockey luminaries, from Patrick Kane to Nathan MacKinnon.

Instead, we get the Sabres. Lots and lots and lots of Sabres.

Buffalo has played 20 games since returning from a two-week, early February COVID-19 absence, 12 against the Islanders, Rangers or Devils. They have lost 18 of those 20, the past 14 in a row.

Our mission here is not to criticize the NHL.


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Kyle Palmieri Would Be A Fit For The New York Islanders

from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

...Lamoriello is looking to add. And he is looking at character as much as contribution, that combination being why the organization pursued Jean-Gabriel Pageau at last season’s trade deadline.

If that’s all the case, Devils’ impending free agent right wing Kyle Palmieri — who was born in Smithtown — may be the perfect fit.

He plays the hard-edged game coach Barry Trotz prefers. He has scored at least 24 goals in each of his five full seasons with the Devils, with a career-high of 30 in 2015-16. His reasonable cap figure of $4.65 million would also allow the Islanders to pursue a defenseman. Off the ice, Palmieri’s foundation Squad 21 has afforded military members the chance to attend Devils games and interact with him.

Lamoriello will do what he thinks best, and tell nobody about it in advance.

But Palmieri is his and Trotz’s kind of player.


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Anders Lee Out For The Season, Islanders Will Look A Winger

Lee will have ACL surgery.

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