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Islanders Gameday News: Primed for the Pageau era

The Islanders face their crosstown rivals and hope to have their newest acquisition in the lineup.

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New York Rangers v New York Islanders
Defending Fort Neverlose.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Islanders now have their roster for the rest of the season, stretch run and (hopefully) playoffs. Not everyone is healthy or clared to play, but the party starts with the Rangers visiting tonight.

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Previewing tonight’s game.

And here’s the expected lineup, with Pageau in despite initial work visa concerns because, as usual and forever, Joanne Holewa gets it done:

So yes, their games resume tonight, but yesterday it was all trade deadline, all morning and afternoon:

  • Here’s Lou Lamoriello’s post-deadline conference call with media. [Isles]
  • The Jean-Gabriel Pageau deal: Lou’s biggest move yet [Athletic] He went for the ideal Isles fit, who solves the long-held need at 3C. [LHH | Newsday | Isles] Seven facts on the new guy, who will wear #44. [Isles] Here’s Pageau’s presser.
  • On the almost-deal for Zach Parise, which would’ve sent Andrew Ladd the other way: [LHH | Athletic NY | Athletic Minnesota] Bill Guerin acknowledged that the deal was seriously explored, but kept reasons between him and Parise. [Athletic] Expect more from Parise after he speaks at today’s morning skate.
  • The Islanders also made a Bridgeport trade, forward Matt Lorito going to Toronto for defenseman Jordan Schmaltz. [Isles]
  • Regardless of the specific moves and non-moves, this deadline taught us that the Islanders have finally shed the “respect” issue that handcuffed them for decades. [LHH]