The Road Trip is nearly over. The New York Islanders have been back on Long Island and likely will be until their last Florida leg of the journey, with only tomorrow night’s game in New Jersey interrupting it.
UBS Arena is only ten days from hosting Islanders hockey.
- Announced this morning and retweeted by Arthur Staple: Leo Komarov is going to Russia. Not sure if it’s the Islanders loaning him out or if he’s going on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, but we’ll update as necessary.
- Barry Trotz has noticed a disturbing trend in his team’s game through the early going: They keep giving up multiple goals at a clip. It makes it more difficult to catch up. [amNY]
- Mathew Barzal is a puck-carrying wizard, among the league leaders in all the puck-carrying stats. Also, he and J-G Pageau are good at creating chances off passes. Shayna Goldman is at Sportsnet now? That rocks. [Sportsnet]
- Aatu Räty has started off hot with his new team, and William Dufour continues to rack up the offense. [Islanders Prospect Report]
- LISTEN: Dan and Mike talked about the recent games and then hosted Arthur Staple to talk about his new book, 100 Things Islanders Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. [Islanders Anxiety]
- Offside Tavern is coming to UBS Arena.
- Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation unfolds into his abusive behavior. So far, investigators have preliminary findings that suggest the allegations of a toxic workplace are true. [Daily Faceoff]
- The Panthers, at least as of right now, stand as the Isles’ biggest challenger when it comes to goalie tandems. Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight seem fine to share the net. [ESPN]
- The Skaldes have settled their sexual assault case with the Pittsburgh Penguins; both sides consider the matter closed. [ESPN]
- Ottawa Senators prospect Egor Sokolov made his NHL debut last night. [Senators] It was only a couple months ago that stories surfaced documenting his learning to skate and learning to speak English.
- Another twist to the Chicago sexual assault scandal: Brad Aldrich, the perpetrator, got a second day with the Stanley Cup shortly after he was released from jail for his sex offense against a minor in Michigan. [TSN]