The Islanders are in Montreal to face the Canadiens tonight, their first game after a quiet trade deadline. Neither fanbase is exactly fired up here. Our friends at Habs Eyes on the Prize are discussing which team to root for the rest of the season.
Leave your FIG picks here.
- Dan and Mike had a cathartic podcast discussing why the Isles put themselves in the maddening position of making no substantial moves at the deadline, and also mocking the eminently mockable Yormark. [Islanders Anxiety] (Funny how much we aligned on the matter without talking about it beforehand.)
- And over on the Isles Seat podcast, quiet team surrounded by rivals who got better. [Isles Seat]
- Public hearings are planned March 22 for input on the Islanders and partners’ Belmont redevelopment. Included is a “250-room hotel [that] would stand 265 feet, or about 24 stories, providing views of the racetrack” and also...OH GOD luxury outlet stores. [Baumbach & Brodsky Beat at Newsday]
- The impact of the Islanders’ neutral zone play on their terrible defense: “They dump the puck more than most teams, despite having added the puck possession wizardry of Mathew Barzal. On defense, they are the fourth most permissive team in the NHL, allowing opponents to enter the zone with possession almost three-quarters of the time.” [The Athletic]
- Stan Fischler on the deadline, with this on Jason Chimera: “never seen a player speed around the ice and do less than Jason this season.” [MSG]
- Tanner Fritz is playing with more confidence and getting a taste of how hard NHLers work to stay in the league. [Grand Prairie Review]
- Chris Wagner was on the golf course when he got the call that he was traded. [Islanders Insight]
- Thomas Vanek’s acquisition by the Blue Jackets means he could actually have an effect on the Isles’ fragile playoff push. [Newsday]
- No injury updates down in Bridgeport, with some travel and border crossings ahead. [Soundin’ Off]
- Offseason addition Seth Helgeson is serving the intended role as mentor, extrovert, and tough defenseman for the Sound Tigers. [CT Post]
- This Nets Chap rocks an Isles jersey. (And other stuff about him, but basketball.) [Nets Daily]
- The Isles players shook off any trade deadline nerves with a charity casino night, dressed all James Bond-like. [Isles | Photo Gallery]
- The Railers add a MacKinnon from the Maritimes. [Journal Pioneer]
Cal Clutterbuck looks forward to fourth-line mayhem with Wagner:
"He's a strong guy, strong skater. He's a tough competitor & definitely someone who's going to be able to give us a little edge. Looking forward to getting out there & seeing what the chemistry is like." -Cal Clutterbuck on playing with @ChrisWags23#Isles practice day updates: pic.twitter.com/l8kWbWpWeV— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 28, 2018
Last night’s scores include the Capitals winning in regulation, the Devils beating the Penguins in regulation, and the Hurricanes picking up a regulation point in an OT loss to Boston.
- The Capitals are struggling and it’s a decent bet they’ll let Barry Trotz go and promote well-regarded Todd Reirden. If so...might as well fire Trotz now. [Japers’ Rink]
- In terms of fan reception, Marc Bergevin had a Garth Snow kind of deadline. [Sportsnet]
- Twenty-two years ago yesterday...the second Gretzky trade. [NHL]
Not bad for a 500th point, Mr. Karlsson: