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Islanders News: Scrimmage disappoints the boss

Also: Dobson works on strength, Beauvillier catches up with his parents

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New York Islanders Training Camp
“I thought we’d agreed to do the stuff, but today’s stuff? I did not like.”
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

I know this is rather self-evident when your life likely consists of lots of mask-wearing, extra-deliberate decision-making on who you see and which outings you take, but what a surreal environment we’re in right now, hockey-wise:

The Islanders held another scrimmage yesterday as part of their “training” camp, which is taking place four months after they prematurely ended the regular season, so that they can do a best-of-five play-in round in a few weeks, in a bubble city, for the right to pursue the Stanley Cup in August.

Odd times.

Islanders News

They wore official unis yesterday. Maybe that went to their heads.

  • About that scrimmage. They disappointed the teacher. Barry Trotz said yesterday’s was not their best work. “Not happy with a lot of stuff.” [Newsday]
  • Thomas Greiss discussed some of the outdoorsy things he did to stay in shape during the pandemic layoff. [Isles]
  • Yesterday’s post-scrimmage media availabilities included Noah Dobson, Anthony Beauvillier and Andy Greene. Beauvillier enjoyed some time to simply watch movies with his dad. [Isles video]
  • Greene, a UFA and late addition to the Islanders this season, never considered opting out of the return to play. [Newsday]
  • Hockey Night in New York had a few guests discussing current Islanders events. [Spreaker]

Moment of Zen

Everywhere Else

  • Vladimir Tarasenko made himself a viral quote kind of guy for saying, “We don’t go [to the hub] like for a resort, where we’re expecting unbelievable food service, like a five-star summer resort. We’ve going for playing hockey … I don’t need much to live. I just need a bed and food.” [Athletic | St. Louis Game Time | KMOX]
  • Various team-by-team updates from around the league. [NHL]
  • Tuukka Rask is among the many goalies expecting a time-share with his tandem partner (former Isle Jaroslav Halak) in the playoffs. [NHL]
  • OMG after leaving a scrimmage early now Sidney Crosby has missed a day of practice. [TSN]
  • Troy Stecher opens up about the death of his father. [Sportsnet]
  • NHLers say the playoffs should be some “wild” hockey and noted Ambassador of Excitement John Tavares says it should be “fun to watch,” for sure. [TSN]