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Islanders News: Boys are back; Dalgarno reflects; busting Barzal

At long last, the Islanders are done with the bye week and ready to back to it.

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San Jose Sharks v New York Islanders
Talking to one of the “Kid”s.

The New York Islanders were back on the ice yesterday, shaking off bye week rust and enjoying giving Mathew Barzal trouble for being the “fastest skater in the NHL” while being the second-fastest on his own team.

They are back in action tomorrow, at last, against the Canucks.

Islanders News

  • The Islanders were happy to see each other again, so that’s good. Shaking off the rust. [Newsday]
  • Also, AHL All-Star Sebastian Aho was recalled again. [Isles]
  • Related: Aho’s game continues to evolve. If he keeps at it, he may be an important roster piece someday. [Isles]
  • Though he’s gotten more playing time after Adam Pelech’s injury, Noah Dobson knows he’s still on a huge learning curve. [Newsday]
  • Noel’s latest “Lighthouse Lookback” interviews one of my favorite subjects: Brad Dalgarno, a 6th-overall pick and member of the Kid Line who enjoyed a “second career” with the Isles. Even if you’re too young to know/remember him, this is worth a listen. [LHH Podcasts]
  • Related: We wrote about Dalgarno’s interesting career and some timeless hockey themes back in 2011, and {whew!} the piece still stands the test of time. He actually reached out at afterward with some thanks, saying “it told my story the way I see the story in my head.” [LHH]
  • Schedule alert: Tonelli’s night later this month means a later official start time.

This is a timeless quiz on Long Island names, really — and no, it’s not one I’d excel in:


Wonder if the Blackhawks will re-sign this guy:

Last night’s NHL scores include the Predators beating the Devils (in a shootout) in John Hynes’ return to Newark.

  • Trade deadline rumblings: Chris Kreider among those in high demand. [TSN Insiders]
  • Gerard Gallant wants to coach again someday but is fine taking his time. He also buried the hatchet in 2019 with San Jose “clown” and his eventual Vegas replacement, Pete DeBoer. [Athletic]
  • More brutality for a brutal Sharks season: Thomas Hertl is out for the season with an ACL and MCL injury. [Fear The Fin]
  • A look back at the Canucks on their 50th anniversary includes reference to the Trevor Linden trade, which was kind of sad for both sides, really. [Province]
  • David Backes and his bad contract cleared waivers, but he’ll not be playing in the AHL. [NHL]
  • “This will be the most delicate, complicated trade deadline Marc Bergevin has ever managed for the Canadiens.” [Athletic]
  • Contrary to rumors, a nickname for the Seattle expansion team is not imminent. [NHL]
  • Infamous turtle and cheapshot artist Claude Lemieux weighs in on what’s proper between Matthew Tkachuk and Zack Kassian. [TSN] (If you didn’t see Lemieux play, I cannot emphasize enough that he was a dirty, dirty, and often cowardly player. They build “legend” and “winner” status around him, but it was through some ridiculously dirty, unconscionable shit. The kind of guy who wouldn’t have lasted if they bothered to call the rulebook back in the day.)
  • Sweet: A seven-year-old reviews the NHL mascots, all of whom were in St. Louis for the All-Star festivities. [Athletic]