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Islanders News: Is the team from Long Island possibly the best in its division?

Also, a Canadian writer assesses the Ho-Sang situation from afar.

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New York Islanders v Toronto Maple Leafs
Here’s the only photo from an official NHL game in which you can visualize both Barzal and Ho-Sang. It is a good one, though.
Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Hope everyone had a good Labor Day weekend. And I hope that any of our readers and anybody else in the Bahamas, Florida, and the southeast get through Hurricane Dorian safely.

Islanders News

  • Nine NHL website writers were asked to name which team would be the best in the Metro Division this season. Most picked the Capitals or Penguins, and the Flyers and Hurricanes got a mention. But guess who else got some love?! [NHL]
  • Quick Shift No. 11 from Luke Fox is about Josh Ho-Sang; Fox spoke with Biosteel founder Matt Nichol, who has worked with Ho-Sang for years. No. 1 is about none other than Mitch Marner, whose name I’m sick of typing. [Sportsnet]
  • The KHL season kicked off this weekend, which means the Ilya Sorokin Countdown is also underway. [Eyes on Isles]
  • VIDEO: These lists are meant to do nothing but piss people off that they talk about them and force everyone else to open the articles, but NHL Network discusses some of the notable snubs from the NHL’s Top 50 players list, and Mathew Barzal was one of the snubs.

Let’s relive what was probably the most exciting regular season game of this past season against the Jets:


  • Carolina captain and “Mr. Game 7” Justin Williams has decided to step away from the game for an indefinite amount of time. [NHL | Canes Country]
  • Dom Luszczyszyn is posting his team previews day-by-day in order from projected worst to projected first. So it should please you to know that he posted the Rangers preview fifth. That being said, though, he acknowledges that they could surprise after their stellar offseason. [The Athletic]
  • One addition that buoys optimism for the Rangers is defenseman Jacob Trouba. He was willing to sign a long-term extension in New York because his girlfriend is able to start her career there and they can plan a future together for the first time in their six-year relationship. [ESPN]
  • Dante Fabbro is ready to be the next stud defenseman that went through the Nashville Predators system. [Sportsnet]
  • Taylor Hall to the Devils, Ryan O’Reilly to the Blues, and P.K. Subban-for-Shea Weber are the three biggest trades of the 2010s. [Yahoo]