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Islanders News: Operation Ovechkin; Banner returns; Black Sunday for Leafs, Sabres' Nolan, Trottier

No. 8 is priority No. 1.

Keep a body on this guy.
Keep a body on this guy.
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Islanders links:

  • The Capitals captain could mean all kinds of problems for the Islanders. Also, Staple says Griffin Reinhart has been recalled with Travis Hamonic's status still unknown. [Newsday]
  • So, um, who's going to be in the lineup for Game 1? Between injuries and strategies, it could be anyone. [LHH]
  • No, seriously, who are they gonna play and where? Their second half stumbles don't make the decisions any easier. [NY Post]
  • After a successful regular season, the Islanders prepare for the "real" season, as Johnny Boychuk calls it. [Daily News]
  • The Caps watched the Islanders beat the Penguins last Friday and know their opponent well. [Wash. Post]
  • Mikhail Grabovski's absence is still being felt and his return could be a huge boost to the Islanders. [IPB]
  • Saturday's game had another special guest: the Islanders 1993 Patrick Playoff Champions banner. [IPB]
  • Cats! Now and forever. [LHH]
  • Playoff Prognosticating: ESPN | | Japers Rink gets to know its new enemies: first up, Brock Nelson. | on why the Islanders can win the Stanley Cup (relax, they do it for everyone)
  • Bridgeport was shutout 4-0 by Manchester, the Sound Tigers' third straight loss. [CT Post | Soundin' Off]
  • More personal remembrances of the Coliseum from The Hockey Writers.
  • And Michael Fornabaio says good bye to Manchester, as the Monarchs will move to California next season. [Soundin' Off]
  • Oshawa took a 2-0 lead in the series by beating Niagara 6-1 on Sunday. Michael Dal Colle had a goal and two assists, while Joshua Ho-Sang assisted on the Ice Dogs' only goal. [Durham Region]

Beyond the Island

  • The unemployment rate in Toronto spiked a few points Sunday as the Maple Leafs fired just about everybody, including GM Dave Nonis, interim coach Peter Horachek, all the assistant coaches and about 18 scouts among others. [PPP on Nonis' "legacy" | On the other firings | Bob McKenzie on Brendan Shanahan's next steps.
  • Also fired was Ted Nolan and all of his Sabres assistants including Bryan Trottier. Tough gig in a no-win situation, literally. Hope both guys bounce back, maybe somewhere where they both worked previously... [DBTB]
  • The NHL's draft lottery is next Saturday. It's nice that the Islanders aren't involved. [CP]