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Islanders News: Rail resilience; traffic complaints; prospect props

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Also: Bryan Trottier is forced to say something about the Penguins.

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Struck by this strange sensation that teams that can afford him may bid on him.
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  • In the latest public meeting with developers for the Belmont arena project, hundreds of local residents turned out to...yep, you guessed it: air concerns about traffic. [Newsday]
  • Pierre LeBrun speculates that the few teams with the cap space to go after John Tavares will, probably, go after John Tavares. [FanRag]
  • Arthur Staple visited the IslesBuzz podcast. His part starts about 17 minutes in. [SoundCloud]
  • There were some big moments for Islanders prospects this season and these were definitely some of them. [Isles]
  • In their first year of existence and as an Islanders affiliate, the Railers made the playoffs and are proud of their resiliency, work ethic, character. [Telegram]
  • In a bit of obligatory sacrilege, Bryan Trottier says he sees similarities between the current Penguins and the 1982 dynasty Islanders. Assuming this was said under duress. [Penguins]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL...oh heavens we’re already to the stage of the playoffs where there isn’t a game every night! The Bruins and Leafs have Game 7 tonight. It’s at 7:30 p.m. EDT on NBC Sports and CBC. Enjoy.

  • Round 2 starts tomorrow! Capitals and Penguins first, then Golden Knights and Sharks. [NHL]
  • Here are five key matchups for the 23rd Caps-Pens playoff meeting in the last 10 years. [NHL]
  • And here’s five for the Jets-Predators, which starts Friday night. Should be excellent. [NHL]
  • How the Leafs managed to force Game 7. [Puck Daddy]
  • Matt Calvert is a popular longtime Blue Jacket who’s headed to free agency. Didn’t appreciate John Tortorella’s comments. “I think the only thing that was up and down like a toilet seat was my time on ice. I’d play 15 minutes one game and eight the next.” [The Athletic]
  • The draft lottery is Saturday. Which team deserves it most? [Down Goes Brown at Sportsnet]