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Islanders Gameday News: Ho-Sang time; All's quiet on the trade front

The Islanders take on the Stars, the team they beat in Doug Weight's first game as head coach.

This isn't taken from that beautiful deke goal we see on the commercials, but it reminds me of it.
This isn't taken from that beautiful deke goal we see on the commercials, but it reminds me of it.
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

YO! There's live Sound Tigers action this morning. Radio announcer Alan Fuehring has the hook-up:

The Islanders are in Dallas tonight for an 8:30 contest with the Stars, a team everyone expected to pick up from where they left off last season but that struggled with injury and a green defense.

Leave your FIG Picks for tonight here.

Yesterday, at 3:00 p.m., the NHL's trade deadline passed. As you might already be aware, the Islanders stood completely pat. Not the worst move, but definitely not the best. No Matt Duchene. Jaroslav Halak remains a Sound Tiger. At least we get to watch Josh Ho-Sang tonight. Though Garik warns us not to expect him to become a star, since he doesn't shoot:

However, that is most certainly not a bad thing:

Islanders News

  • GM Garth Snow decides to "stay the course" this year, no depth acquisitions even. [Newsday | LHH | IPB with the how and why]
  • Also, Jaroslav Halak stays in Bridgeport, unable to find a new home as we may need him in case of injury, but still not welcome in Brooklyn on his own accord, for some reason. [CT Post | Soundin' Off]
  • Altar of Bossy says, well, "Now What?"
  • It's Ho-Sang Time, that's what! And he's ready for it. []
  • He's earned the opportunity, having been named the AHL rookie of the month for February. [ | Sound Tigers]
  • Another player of the month within the prospect system: Mathew Barzal was named WHL player of the month for February with 33 points in only 14 games. [Seattle Thunderbirds]
  • Andong Song, the Isles 2015 6th-rounder and first Chinese player drafted into the NHL, has committed to Cornell. [LHH]

Leaguewide Spread

  • Oh yeah, there were actual games last night in the NHL, and they have scores. Only two, though. Of slight importance, the Lightning beat the Hurricanes in regulation.
  • Ah, yes, trade deadline season has come and gone, which means it's time for grades. Because if you don't grade it, did the deadline really even happen? [Grades for every team at the deadline | Grades for every deal made before 3:00 p.m.]
  • Biggest news? The Avalanche hung on to both Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog. Yes, the deadline was that boring. Colorado also hung on to most of their impending free agents, with GM Joe Sakic saying "I like my players." I suppose a captain always goes down with his ship. []
  • Quite a few other rentals and rumored trade targets didn't end up going anywhere either. Here's a list of them. [SBN]
  • Old friend Thomas Vanek was traded from the Red Wings to the Panthers for Dylan McIlrath and a conditional 3rd rounder. Jonathan Willis explains the low return. [Sportsnet]
  • The Maple Leafs deadline was... underwhelming, in the eyes of LeafsNation.
  • The Canadiens made quite a few deals. Some were good, like swapping out David Desharnais for Brandon Davidson. Some were odd, like acquiring Steve Ott and Dwight King for any reason at all. Eyes on the Prize grades them all.
  • The Vegas Golden Knights are officially in business, and can make roster moves and attend league meetings. [ESPN]
  • Johnny Oduya was traded back to the Blackhawks the other day; he had a "Welcome Back" note waiting for him at the Chicago airport. [Second City Hockey]
  • Watch Dennis Rasmussen get hit into the Penguins bench. [SCH]
  • NHL ice conditions are a problem all around the league. Somehow, it's still the Barclays Center's fault. []
  • Legendary Kings broadcaster Bob Miller is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday. Never heard him much, being from New York and all, but I hear he's one of the best, so kudos to him on a successful career. [LA Times]
  • And finally, one of the highlights (the few, few highlights) of the trade deadline was Ilya Bryzgalov returning to our conscience, as an analyst for Sportsnet. Here are 25 fun things he did during that span. [Sportsnet]