Monday on Long Island, in hockey terms, was one of those days where you could put your mind on grand plans for the long-term future, or focus on the relatively but not completely meaningless minutia of what will happen next week.
While news of the team’s prospects for the next few decades became clearer at Belmont Park, the team conducted the first of a back-to-back set of preseason games at the Coliseum. Not a lot learned in the latter, though surely it nudged Barry Trotz’s thoughts one way or the other.
More to come tonight at the Garden.
- Belmont, Belmont, Belmont! The ceremonial groundbreaking, glad-handing, and nicknaming (“Tough Guy,” “And How About” etc.) was the story of the day. [LHH | Isles | Newsday | Compton @ NHL | NY Times | Patch]
- Celebration time for all of Islanders Nation. [Isles]
- Sort of buried in all that was news that seven more games from this season’s schedule have been moved to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, for a total of 28. [Isles | Newsday]
- Here are more renderings, key facts and a live cam because why not. [Isles]
- And here are many more photos from the groundbreaking event. [Isles]
- Oh, and a little more on that second lawsuit filed to try to keep all of this from happening. [LIBN]
- Meanwhile, in the preseason game at the Coliseum, Jordan Eberle scored twice and Anders Lee scored with 29 seconds left in overtime to give the three-quarter Islanders the win over the half-Red Wings. [Newsday on Cal Clutterbuck surviving some blows | Isles & Trotz: “We started getting fancy, playing east and west and lost our pace.” | NHL]
- Before the game, Arthur Staple had a look at Where Things Stand at this point in camp. [Athletic]
Barry Trotz says he likes that the power play is taking more of a “get pucks on net” approach thus far in the preseason. I don’t know if this is evidence of that but it was nice work from the top line:
#Isles Cal Clutterbuck on being used in three-on-three OT: "It was fun until my heart started feeling like it was going to explode at the end of the second shift...When you don't have the puck, it's just as anxious as it is exciting."— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) September 24, 2019
- The big league news from yesterday was Brayden Point signing a three-year bridge deal with the Lightning. It’s less AAV than Marner but also three years less, so. [NHL]
- Coach Jon Cooper found out about the deal while on stage. [NHL]
- Robin Lehner? He’s not in Chicago just to be a backup. [Daily Herald]
- Rasmus Ristolainen possibly staying in Buffalo (for now), native son Sonny Milano squeezed out in Columbus, and other rumors. [Spector’s Hockey]
- Probably don’t worry about Connor McDavid on his way back from injury. [Sportsnet]
- Offensive zone teams can now choose which side they want the draw to be on. Will more choose their dominant hand? (Or as my four-year-old says it, “Your Dominik hand”) [TSN]
- Who is the NHL’s best shooter? By various measures. [Sportsnet]