Another game? sigh. Maybe that team-coming-off-a-bye-playing-an-already-active-team bump will give the Islanders an edge tonight. Then again, maybe not.
- By now you’ve heard that the Islanders called up tough guy Ross Johnston from Bridgeport for their roadtrip. Doug Weight attempts to explain why. Again, personally, I like Doug, but his line about needing the leaders to step up is kinda bullshit. They’re the only ones who have been stepping up all season. [Newsday]
- The only good thing about this Johnston call up is we get an absolutely vintage Dom examination of the Islanders peculiar brand of insanity. Every word of this is spot on.
- North Ireland Nets Fan makes the case for sweeping change to come to the Islanders organization. Hard to disagree. [FanPost]
- The Sound Tigers are, once again, a bubble team heading into the season’s second half. [CT Post]
- Here’s something fun: that cameraman who had a bit of a tough time getting across the ice to his perch the other night. [SBN]
- This came out yesterday, but in case you missed it, there will be some upheaval in the Islanders media ranks soon. Art hasn’t officially announced what his next move is, so I won’t either (although you can find out pretty easily if you look). Needless to say, we’ll continue to follow Art wherever he goes. I just hope he’s still covering this insane team that’s been a part of his life for a long time.
Headed off to Chicago on my last road trip for @NewsdaySports. I’ll have more details on my next move in a couple weeks. Until then, #Isles fans, let’s keep the focus where it should be — on my inability to ask tough questions.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 19, 2018
- As for why... (goddamn I miss this guy)
Heard @StapeNewsday couldn’t handle isles twitter anymore— Calvin de Haan (@cal_dehaan) January 19, 2018
Around the hockey world
- Last night’s NHL scores. Caps lose.
- The Rangers will be without Kevin Shattenkirk for a while thanks to a torn meniscus. He could still be back for the playoffs, should they make it. [BSB | NHL.com]
- Dustin Brown was fined, but not suspended, for this awful hit on Justin Schultz on Thursday. No, I don't get it, either. [Post-Gazette]
- I like to post these now and again as a reminder that other teams do stuff like this, too. Of course, the Penguins are winning and the Islanders are not so the circumstances are different. But a young forward - in this case, Daniel Sprong - can still find himself a healthy scratch for teaching purposes. [Post-Gazette]
- The Korean men’s Olympic hockey team will be led by former NHLers Jim Paek and Richard Park, who we all know pretty well around here. [The Hockey Writers]
- A change in policy could allow NCAA players to hire agents. [USCHO.com]
- Jake looks at the next generation of potential US Women’s National Team members. [The Ice Garden]
- Are these registered domain names for a potential NHL expansion team in Seattle and, if so, why are the Seattle Queensryche or Seattle Heart not among them? [SBN]
- Sad news from Montreal as the beyond venerable hockey writer Red Fisher has passed away at the age of 91. Fisher’s influence on hockey media cannot be overstated, and if you read one thing about him, it should be this one by the almost as venerable Michael Farber. Rest in peace, Red. [Montreal Gazette]
Here’s Scott Stevens talking about Mathew Barzal. Stevens might feel differently about him if he was still playing.