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Islanders Gameday News: Mayfield out; No one in; Olympic thoughts

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Also, could an Isles and Matt Martin reunion be in the works?

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“What do you think you’re doing back there?”

The Islanders are up in Buffalo to take on the Sabres tonight. FIGs can be left here. The game is on MSG+2 tonight.

Islanders News

  • Scott Mayfield was officially ruled out for four weeks. There has been no corresponding move to supplement his going on IR, perhaps because the defense in the organization has become so thin. [LHH | NHL.com | Islanders Insight]
  • That being said, don’t get your hopes up for a major trade. Garth Snow spoke with Newsday and indicated that the Islanders will likely stand pat; maybe a minor move or two, as per usual. You never know, I guess. [Newsday | Islanders Insight]
  • He also talked about the goaltending, Sebastian Aho, and Josh Ho-Sang. I don’t have time right now to get into what he said about everything, but it isn’t exactly encouraging. [Newsday]
  • Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts connected the Isles with Matt Martin, and on Twitter, Staple insinuated he could see it if they gave up something minimal and the Maple Leafs retained salary. [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of Staple, Arthur joined LHH’s very own Islanders Anxiety this week, in which they pray for a meteor to hit them.
  • Anders Lee joined the Isle Seat Podcast this week. Haven’t had a chance to listen, sorry folks.
  • The Sound Tigers managed to force overtime against the Wolf Pack, but ultimately lost the road game in Hartford. [CT Post]
  • The ‘Pink in the Rink’ breast cancer fight is a personal one for some of the Sound Tigers. [CT Post | CT News]
  • Mike Cornell, once a rookie with the Sound Tigers, has returned to the first organization he called home. [CT Post]
  • It was a milestone week for Ross Johnston. [The Journal Pioneer]
  • Logan Cockerill scored as Boston University beat Harvard in double overtime at the Beanpot.
  • A teen from upstate New York will be a guest of the Islanders at their second annual Barth Night on Friday night, a night of awareness about Barth Syndrome.

NHL News

Last night’s NHL scores. The Rangers were walloped, which is always good.

  • Alex Burrows was suspended ten games for his aggression/kneeing of Taylor Hall’s noggin. For once, I can’t say I’m upset about the DoPS ruling. [Silver Seven]
  • Time is running out on the Red Wings, looking much like the Dead Wings of late. [Detroit News]

Olympic Items

  • This year’s Winter Olympics will not feature professional NHLers for the first time since 1994. A look back at that crazy time, the year I was born. [The Athletic]
  • Despite the lack of NHLers, here are eight reasons why Olympic hockey remains worth watching. [ESPN Puck Daddy]
  • The first Winter Olympics were utterly dominated by Team Canada Ice Hockey. [SBN]