It's Groundhog Day, so Newsday carries a familiar lament from New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano: no secondary scoring. To wit:
"... we can put P.A. [Parenteau] pretty much anywhere we want. He's a gritty guy. He loves to compete and he gets the job done for us. Others have played well, too. But, to me, they pass up opportunities. You look at video and talk to them but, sometimes, they can't be playmakers all the time. They've got to think, 'shot' ...
Below, no sleep till more Brooklyn links, and John Tavares on NHL Live with ol' friend Deb Placey about being the NHL's 26th Star for January:
(Yes, the video cuts off in the middle of a Hradek question for some reason.)
This and That
- Last night we weighed the worthiness of kicking the tires on Marek Zidlicky. Silver Seven, the SB Nation site for Friday's opponent, the Senators, considers the same topic from the Sens' point of view.
- Given the Isles' lack of secondary scoring, would you try Wojtek Wolski (similar salary)?
- Prospect J: For the ladies, Johan Sundstrom gets his handsome on
- Prospect B: The Prospect Park: Kichton Cooking Up A Win
- Prospect Reverend: Talking Hockey: Off week and Nelson ["He's pretty damn good"] - UNDSports.com
You can always talk more Brooklyn. Coverage from the past few days:
Stu Hackel at his SI joint on why a lasting move is unlikely, including more timeless foggy talk about territorial rights. (Don't think the Brooklyn : Glendale analogy holds up though.)
And the Times on what alterations the arena will make for the Brooklyn preseason game.
Klein and Botta at the Times: "another shot across the bow of Nassau County politicians and voters, who have rejected every effort by Islanders owner Charles Wang to upgrade or replace Nassau Coliseum..."
New York magazine blog: "One exhibition game isn't likely to tell us much about whether the Barclays Center is a viable option, beyond giving fans a sense of the building's sightlines."
Setting the local political/development scene from Brooklyn Daily.
Jesse Spector, Sporting News: "Yormark is wrong about Brooklyn being an untapped hockey market—most of the subway lines that go to the new arena there also go to Madison Square Garden, and Rangers fans who live in the borough of 2.5 million people surely would bristle at the suggestion that they are an untapped hockey market. That said, the point of accessibility is key."
And beyond the Isles:
- Don Cherry and Brian Burke probably deserve each other.
- In his latest mailbag Kerry Fraser dispels conspiracy theories...for Sens fans.
- This is pretty hilarious: Stunning two late-night beer league teams with a flash mob of fans.
- Updated list of suspensions and concussions.
- Finally, it appears the Blue Jackets can catch no breaks. Watch them lose the lottery this April on top of it.
- Semyon Varlamov is disappointing ... but totally top 25 under 25.
Commenters, consider this an open thread for any of the above as well as other news that comes up.