Islanders News: Talk about dogs, goal songs, outlook, Salo’s future

Today is the date of the second postponed game, against the Flyers. Right now, the Islanders are still expected to resume games on Thursday with the Sharks visiting. But that will depend on the test results and the tarot cards used by the NHL.

As we await news of the COVID outbreak which has (finally) postponed (at least) two Islanders games this week, now is the right time for completely random topics that affect us all, like …:

The outlook pipeline

  • Ryan Pulock’s injury created an opening for Robin Salo’s NHL debut, where he impressed. But will Adam Pelech and Andy Greene’s return from the COVID protocol push him back? [Newsday]
  • The calendar break is a chance to check the outlook: 7th round 2020 Henrik Tikkanen is grooving with MoDo, setting a 6-2 record so far. 3rd round 2020 Alex Ljungkrantz was loaned to Vita Hasten in the second tier of the Swedish leagues. William Dufour continues to tear up with the QMJHL Saint John. [Isles]
  • Oh, and congratulations to Pamela Ruiz, Teacher of the Month in the Future Goals Program. [Isles]

Disrespecting our dog

  • Either way, ESPN’s Paw-er ranking of top dogs only has Monte, the Islanders’ current woofer, ranked 8th. Tsk. [ESPN]
  • Speaking of which, order your Islanders Pucks & Paws calendar here. [Isles Formstack]

Long Lasting Nightmare: The Song of Goals

Have we discussed this for a while? I have the impression that it has not been discussed for a while. But it is a timeless thorn. (Where are you now, Zenon Konopka?)

They rang the bell


Somewhere else

The NHL scores last night had minimal impact on Metro, but the Penguins lost to the Flames in a seven-round shootout. The Miserable Canucks beat the Miserable Canadians in Montreal’s first game after clearing house.

  • Also: Old Jets (Coyotes) shut out old Thrashers (Jets) thanks to a 46-save effort from Karel Vejmelka. [NHL]
  • Blake Wheeler says this Jets slippage (a win in seven games) will only help them in the playoffs. {puzzled chin emoji} [TSN]
  • Notorious weasel Brad Marchand is suspended three games for kicking. Remember his redemption stories from last year, about finally growing up at 32? This is only the seventh suspension in a 13-year career! Keep doing what you’re doing, boy! [NHL video explanation | ESPN]
  • The Flyers beatwriter says it’s time for the team to trade Claude Giroux and rebuild their lives. [Inquirer]
  • Evander Kane has a new agent who is trying to facilitate a trade with the Sharks, who want nothing to do with him and are willing to keep their paycheck to get rid of him. [ESPN]
  • Geoff Molson: The leader that Canadiens fans dreamed of. (?) [Sportsnet]
  • The Senators thought they were getting a good low buy deal on young Cup winner Matt Murray, but it didn’t work, not at all. Getting back to his decline in Pittsburgh, should they have seen it coming? [TSN]
  • Waiving Murray is just an act in a multi-track circus for the Senators. [Sportsnet]
  • Five thoughts as the schedule reaches quarterback: the offense is back, the teams are what they are and what are the Canucks waiting for? [Sportsnet]
  • One of the deals made during the sale of the Penguins is that Mario Lemieux retains a partial share of ownership while still having influence over the management of the team, such as writing angry press releases after his team was trampled. [ESPN]
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