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Islanders News: Predicting the future; Reflecting on the past

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NHL: New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs
“You’re a shining star.”
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ah well. They probably weren’t making the dance this year anyway. Not mathematically out yet!

Islanders News

  • Recaps from what may be the dagger: LHH | Newsday | NHL
  • The latest StapeChat looks ahead to this summer with John Tavares, and what else the future may hold. [The Athletic]
  • The Sound Tigers fared a little better than their parent club last night, winning in OT in Rochester on a set-up from Josh Ho-Sang, but they too have dim playoff hopes. [CT Post | Sound Tigers]
  • They also did a nice thing, signing two young children to player contracts as part of the “Make-a-Wish” foundation. [WTNH CT News]
  • However, their week overall wasn’t great. [Islanders]
  • David Quenneville and Andre Durandeau had big weeks, and Ilya Sorokin won Olympic Gold. [Islanders Prospect Report]
  • If you scroll to page 18 of The Real Deal - Long Island 2018, you will find an article on the development of Belmont. Pretty neat.

Other League News

  • Last night’s NHL scores. The Rangers won their first game post-demolition.
  • Speaking of the Rangers, get a behind-the-scenes look at their thinking at the deadline and ahead. [NY Post]
  • See what Ryan McDonagh went through in his final hour as a Ranger. [NY Post]
  • And he thanks the fans and the city for the love he received during his time in Manhattan. [The Players Tribune]
  • Elliotte Friedman delves deep into what did and didn’t happen at the NHL Trade Deadline in this week’s 31 Thoughts.
  • Taylor Hall is making a Hart Trophy case that is undeniable at this point. [North Jersey]
  • The Hockey PDOcast determines trade deadline winners and losers in this latest episode, joined by Tyler Dellow.
  • The deadline reshaped the minors, as well.
  • Ryan Reaves, traded to the Golden Knights as part of the Derick Brassard deal, has his rugged play defended by Gerard Gallant. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
  • Jordan Staal says the death of his infant daughter was the result of a birth defect. Tragic news - prayers for he and his family. [News & Observer]
  • Elliotte Friedman referred to Vancouver as a negative market and Vancouverites reacted... negatively.
  • But good news, Vancouverians: you will be hosting the 2019 NHL Draft. Hooray for you. [NHL]
  • There is much debate about the ethicality of player tracking, insofar as privacy issues. [ESPN]
  • Let’s get the story behind Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s gold medal-winning goal in the shootout. [The Athletic]
  • And finally, what if Wakanda had an Olympic Hockey Team? Excellent work from @yolo_pinyato. [Raw Charge]