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Islanders News: Furious February ends with fluky flop; Sound Tigers migration, Trade Deadline eve

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Back off, man. I'm frustrated.
Back off, man. I'm frustrated.
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Islanders News

  • Recaps of an laid egg: LHH | Newsday | NY Post | Daily News | Islanders | | Canes Country | Hornick's Skinny
  • Yeah, John Tavares took over the league lead in scoring yesterday, but it was in a loss so he wasn't in a celebrating mood. [Newsday]
  • Whether they admit it or not, February's compressed schedule was a gauntlet for the Islanders. Finishing 9-5-1 was a victory in itself. [Newsday]
  • The final 19 games of the season will mean rest time for Jaroslav Halak and Lubomir Visnovsky. [Newsday]
  • In a shocking turn of events, the Sound Tigers lost. It's eight straight now. [CT Post | Soundin' Off Post Game]
  • Nothing is immanent but a relocation of the Sound Tigers, maybe even to Nassau, is possible. Get to know the basics with Dom's primer.
  • The game between the Nassau police and fire departments after yesterday's Islanders game was about more than just donations. it was a tribute to a hero. [Newsday | LHH]
  • The Daily News tells the story of the McGuigan family, who are surviving a personal tragedy with an Islanders fan connection.
  • Here's the corsi tables from the Islanders' win over the Flames on Friday. Kari Ramo was the reason it ended 2-1. [LHH]
  • March 1st is a surprisingly active day in Islanders history. [It Happened at the Coliseum]

Trade Deadline Eve

  • Dear NHL: Don't bother asking for our top prospects. Signed, Garth Snow. [LHH | Newsday]
  • The Blackhawks strike again, getting UFA Antoine Vermette from the Coyotes for a prospect and a first round  pick. [SCH]
  • Florida sent Tomas Fleischmann to Anaheim for a pick and the rotting husk of Dany Heatley. [LBC]
  • The Rangers are prepared to deal Norwegian Gnat Mats Zuccarello after not reaching agreement on a new contract. [Brooksie |]
  • Ron Francis knows about big deadline trades and what they mean for guys like Eric Staal. [The Hockey News]
  • Steve Yzerman wants upgrades, not just phone calls. [Tampa]
  • TSN's James Duthie tells Trade Deadline TV horror stories. [The Hockey News]

Around the (frozen) World

  • The Flyers did the Islanders a favor by beating the Rangers last night, but Steve Mason did himself no favors by allowing a (n eventually disallowed) goal from center ice seven seconds into the game. [The Hockey News]
  • Marc Bergevin was a funny dude as a player and is now the architect of a very good Canadiens team (and still a funny dude). [Globe and Mail]
  • Buffalo News advocates the Sabres hire Wayne Gretzky as coach. Maybe Buffalo isn't ready for this whole ground-up rebuild thing.
  • Dustin Penner is an idiot. [Puck Daddy]