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  • Barry Trotz wants to see more detail in Oliver Wahlstrom's game

    The Sports Daily "A day after the Islanders sent down Oliver Wahlstrom, head coach Barry Trotz made it clear there were aspects of his game that needed to be worked on. Wahlstrom was returned to AHL Bridgeport on Saturday after the Islanders activated Jordan Eberle off injured reserve. Wahlstrom scored..." November 12

  • Don Cherry out as co-host of ‘Coach’s Corner’ following "You people" controversy

    Global News "Long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry is out as co-host of Coach’s Corner following televised remarks where he claimed new immigrants don’t wear poppies and implied they don’t support veterans “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after..." November 11

  • Don Cherry addresses firing: 'I speak the truth and I walk the walk'

    Yahoo! Sports "Sportsnet dismissed hockey commentator Don Cherry after anti-immigrant comments during Saturday’s broadcast. Cherry sneered at Toronto and its surrounding communities for not purchasing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, snarling at “you people” in an unprompted,..." November 11

  • Ron MacLean apologizes for allowing Don Cherry’s “discriminatory” rant

    Daily Hive "Don Cherry wasn’t the only broadcaster under fire for Saturday’s anti-immigrant comments during Hockey Night in Canada. Ron MacLean, his friend and longtime Coach’s Corner sidekick, faced heavy criticism for being complicit in Cherry’s rant. Cherry has..." November 11

  • When will enough be enough with Don Cherry and Coach's Corner?

    The Score "Don Cherry doesn't represent me. He likely doesn't represent you. The Canada he longs for, and the hockey community he longs for, have both long since passed out of date. But, in choosing a set of carefully crafted words over swift action for his most recent diatribe,..." November 11

  • Gary Bettman: Olympic participation 'incredibly disruptive' to NHL season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains resistant to the idea of allowing the league's players to participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us," Bettman..." November 09

  • KHL Stars Generating NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Teams around the NHL are always looking for an opportunity to add talent through means other than the draft, especially those that consistently pick in the back half of the round. In that way the KHL has always been a mysterious proving ground, where some players that find great success then..." November 08

  • Semyon Varlamov has excellent start to the 2019-20 NHL regular season with the New York Islanders

    The Sports Daily "In the offseason, the New York Islanders surprised many by not re-signing Robin Lehner and going with Semyon Varlamov instead. Lehner had a terrific 2.13 goals against average for the Islanders last season and won the William M. Jennings Trophy with Thomas Greiss and the Bill..." November 05

  • NHL Player Survey Reveals Players Don’t Believe There Is A Cocaine Problem In The League

    BroBible "Fifty NHL players were asked a number of interesting questions in ESPN’s NHL Player Confidential survey and one of the big takeaways was that a majority of players don’t believe that there is a cocaine problem around the league. The results revealed that 58% of..." November 05

  • Lou Lamoriello: 'Wait and see' on Josh Ho-Sang

    TSN "New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said once again on Tuesday that there is no update on the status of forward Josh Ho-Sang, who remains away from the organization after requesting a trade last month. Lamoriello was non-committal on whether Ho-Sang could join the..." November 05

  • Do NHL Players Want To Play For Seattle In Year 1? New Poll Reveals Answer

    NESN "The NHL’s expansion into Seattle still is more than a year away as the league prepares to add a 30th team to the ranks. But here’s the big question: Do players want to play in the Emerald City in Year 1? An anonymous poll conducted by ESPN posed that very question to 50..." November 05

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 05

  • Should Derick Brassard stay on the wing?

    The Sports Daily "It’s becoming increasingly hard to imagine Derick Brassard going back to center the more he plays on the wing. The veteran forward has scored in five consecutive games after notching the only goal in the Islanders’ 1-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Brassard has..." November 04

  • Why NHL teams should blow up the bridge deal and bet on young stars

    Sportsnet "John Chayka was pretty fresh on the job in 2016 when Clayton Keller became the first player drafted under his tenure as GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The scene was exactly what you’d expect after Keller’s name was called seventh overall; big smiles, hugs from the family, a bunch of..." November 04

  • Ref You Suck: Subpar Officiating Hurting NHL’s Image, Integrity

    Sinbin Vegas "I’m not one to blame officials for the outcome of games. I always believe that you make your own luck in sports. And I have yet to see a referee actually score a touchdown, sink a basket or put a puck in the net. But when the officiating negatively impacts the outcome of games,..." November 04

  • Playmaker Mathew Barzal becomes more of a goalmaker

    Newsday "Mathew Barzal will always consider himself a “pass-first guy,” a playmaker who creates opportunities for his teammates. Still, he had the design of his CCM stick changed this season to help him score more goals. “I just made it a little whippier and changed..." November 04

  • Matt Barzal's play leading to Isles early season success

    The Sports Daily "After an offseason in which the Islanders stayed rather quiet after missing out on key free agents, the question became if the Islanders could stay competitive in a tough Metropolitan Division. Early on in the season, the Islanders are proving that they can repeat the success from a year..." November 03

  • League Notes: Waiver Priority, Power Play, AHL Trades

    Pro Hockey Rumors "November 1st marks an important day on the NHL calendar, but one many may not be aware of. Fortunately, CapFriendly is here for the reminder. This day marks the official change over to the waiver priority by current NHL standings. In the first month of the season, as the sample size is too..." November 02

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 01

  • Trade Bait: Leafs facing deadline with Zach Hyman nearing return

    TSN "It’s so early in the season for a TSN Trade Bait board that it’s scary. But it is Halloween - and we do like handing out little trade treats to mark the occasion. The Trade Bait board will undoubtedly take different shape as we move closer to the Feb. 24 trade..." October 31

  • USA Hockey increases penalty for on-ice slurs

    ESPN "USA Hockey announced Wednesday that it is increasing penalties for racial and derogatory slurs of any kind by way of a directive from the governing body's president. Anyone penalized under the rule that covers racial and derogatory slurs will now receive a match penalty, which..." October 31

  • 2019 NHL Heritage Classic Delivers Unique And Valuable Partner Activation Opportunities

    Forbes.com "From the ice-making to the fan experience, it takes a village to stage an event like the NHL’s Heritage Classic. “The tentpole events are most important for the fans,” commissioner Gary Bettman said last week in Regina, in the leadup to Saturday’s 2019 Heritage..." October 31

  • NHL players are paid like other major pro athletes — and ticket sales cover those wages

    Seattle Times "A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues. The wording attempted to add context to why NHL ticket prices are so high, namely because hockey players earn salaries..." October 30

  • Several NHL clubs enduring scary starts

    The Guardian "The current NHL season is nearly a month old, but several teams and players are having difficulties in the early going. With Halloween just around the corner, here's a look at those that are enduring scary starts. Mediocre Maple Leafs With just six victories in their first..." October 30

  • Anders Lee’s lead-by-example captaincy garners results for Islanders

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders could have played it safe a year ago when John Tavares bolted for Toronto. But head coach Barry Trotz recognized an obvious candidate to fill a leadership role and didn’t hesitate to follow his instincts. Anders Lee was in position..." October 29

  • Islanders keep winning despite rash of injuries at forward

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders have won seven games in a row, their longest such streak in almost 30 years, despite several forwards being out with injuries. Jordan Eberle (lower body) hasn't played since Oct. 12. Leo Komarov has been out with an illness since Oct...." October 29

  • New York Islanders Matt Martin and Tom Kuhnhackl Out 4-6 Weeks

    Last Word On Hockey "New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello announced Sunday morning that both Matt Martin and Tom Kuhnhackl are out 4-6 weeks.       Matt..." October 28

  • Barry Trotz has transformed Islanders into NHL’s stingiest team

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League coaches, just due to the nature of the sport they work in, can’t hope to have the same impact on their team’s fortunes as the guys in the football chapter of their fraternity do. But on a weekend where hooded New England Patriots head honcho Bill..." October 28

  • Bringing NHL Feuds to Centre Stage

    The Hockey Writers "In the media, and all over Twitter, capturing the banter between these two stars seemed to be priority one. The rivalry is fun, it’s gripping, and it has been going on for several seasons with no real end in sight. Whenever the Flames and Kings play each other, Doughty and..." October 28

  • Analyzing the NHL’s luckiest, and unluckiest, teams so far

    Sportsnet "Do you believe this is the year Buffalo, under Ralph Krueger, finally gets back to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade? Are the Tampa Bay Lightning just a shell of the 62-win team that dominated the regular season in 2018-19? Will Edmonton and Vancouver claim two of the top three..." October 28

  • Casey Cizikas Returns To Practice

    Eyes on Isles "On October 8, the New York Islanders lost to the Edmonton Oilers. During that game, Casey Cizikas aggravated a nagging lower-body injury which kept him out for the Isles next game against the Hurricanes. Before the Isles would take on the Blues on Columbus Day, Casey Cizikas..." October 24

  • Who will be the Craig MacTavish of visors?

    TSN "Ryan O’Reilly is among the last of a dying breed. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner became the face of the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup victory last season – in part because he’s one of the few players remaining in the NHL whose face isn’t protected by a..." October 24

  • Yes, let’s get alumni involved in the NHL Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "Recently, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL was looking into making some changes to the NHL Skills Competition for the 2020 All-Star Weekend this January in St. Louis. Some events — looking at you, updated Puck Control Relay — have..." October 24

  • Islanders working on Josh Ho-Sang trade

    TSN "New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is working on trading forward Josh Ho-Sang, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.     Busy night. We didn’t get to Josh Ho sang who..." October 23

  • Sticker shock aside, NHL Seattle is banking on fans paying big to watch its team in person

    Seattle Times "To say some local hockey fans gulped when initial NHL Seattle season-ticket prices were released last week would be inaccurate — it’s tough to swallow while spitting out coffee or enduring other reflexive actions after learning 44-game packages will cost from $12,540 to..." October 23

  • The NHL rules players would love to unfollow

    Toronto Star "No game is ever perfect, and hockey seems to tinker with its rules more and more every year. Everyone seems to have an idea of how to make the game they love just a little bit better. Even the players, who sounded off about coaches’ challenges, offside reviews, icing..." October 22

  • Space Needle time capsule includes NHL Seattle’s final five name choices

    Pro Hockey Talk "Seattle NHL’s expansion franchise will have an official name sometime in 2020, but as of Monday the team is down to five choices ahead of their entry to the league for the 2021-22 season. On Monday, a time capsule that was sealed and won’t be opened until the..." October 22

  • What will Mathew Barzal’s next contract look like for Islanders?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the way the RFA situation unfolded this past summer, with almost every top player remaining unsigned until well into training camp, teams seem to be a little more proactive for this year’s upcoming group with several already signing new deals. Alex..." October 21

  • Exclusive: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with Mile High Hockey

    Mile High Hockey "It was 83 degrees in Denver on October 9th. By the morning of October 10th, Denver’s first snowfall of the season had ripped through town while thermometers in the Mile High City read 19 degrees, a record-breaking temperature drop in just a matter of hours. And it couldn’t..." October 18

  • Matt Barzal jokes he feels 'like Kylie Jenner right now' with enlarged lip

    The Score "Mathew Barzal has apparently been keeping up with the Kardashians - up to a point, at least. The New York Islanders phenom compared himself to a certain reality TV star when MSG's Shannon Hogan asked him about his abnormally large lip caused by a couple of high..." October 18

  • A guru to the goalies

    Winnipeg Free Press "Somewhere in the wilds of B.C.'s Okanagan Valley, just north of Kelowna, lives a man who never played the game. Nevertheless, Adam Francilia's work during the six-month-long National Hockey League season takes him on the road. A lot. It's a grind he says averages out to..." October 18

  • Wysh List: The most overrated advanced stats in hockey

    ESPN "Ron Hainsey was a plus-30 last season. That means Ron Hainsey was sixth in the NHL in something, at a time when Ron Hainsey shouldn't be sixth in the NHL in anything. Go back 15 years, and a plus-30 would have been an indisputable measure of a defenseman's prowess. But..." October 17

  • Why is Brock Nelson taking so many penalties?

    The Sports Daily "With a rather quiet offseason, the Islanders made sure that Brock Nelson would be around for the next six years.  His contract extension showed faith in a player that year after year has filed for arbitration because he believed he deserved more. Last year he recorded career..." October 11

  • NHL, SMT announce expanded partnership for puck, player tracking

    Sport Business "The National Hockey League has expanded its 20-year partnership with real-time scoring system provider SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), which will now also become the league’s puck and player tracking partner. The puck and player tracking technology is designed to aid the..." October 11

  • The NHL's three tiers of hatred

    ESPN "I watched a Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game this week. Not by mistake. Not because I fell asleep with Center Ice streaming. I watched it because of pure, uncut, mutual animosity. The rivalry between Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Flames..." October 10

  • NHL teams are adding dogs to their rosters: Cute pooches are welcomed across the league

    USA Today "NHL teams are as thrilled to acquire a cute dog these days as they would be landing a scoring right wing. Ten teams now boast official team dogs, and that number may grow because team dogs are becoming as popular as players. “I can't tell you how many selfies our..." October 10

  • New NHL rules forcing coaches to think twice before challenging plays

    Calgary Herald "Evidence of the National Hockey League’s new rules came in the pre-season, giving coaches everywhere a window into how they can approach the changes in the most advantageous way to their teams. The Detroit Red Wings were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs in their exhibition finale..." October 08

  • Top prospects eligible for 2020 Draft

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere is No. 1 in the inaugural NHL.com ranking of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. The left wing, who plays for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is expected to receive an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary Players to..." October 07

  • NHL goalies must form quick bond with position coaches

    Nano News "The ability of a goalie and his position coach to form a quick and strong bond is crucial to success in the NHL. The narrative regarding goalies switching teams is often about the need to build new relationships within the locker room, establish communication and trust with a new set..." October 05

  • 2007 NHL Draft Take Two: Twenty-First Overall Pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Hindsight is an amazing thing, and allows us to look back and wonder “what could have been.”  Though perfection is attempted, scouting and draft selection is far from an exact science and sometimes, it doesn’t work out the way teams – or players –..." October 04