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Islanders News: Same place, new approach

Florida Panthers v New York Islanders
We need to form an alliance.
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The Islanders have entered their bye week in a jarringly similar place to January of a year ago — where they recovered to make the playoffs and give the Hurricanes a decent challenge, remember — but they have a new leader behind the bench who they hope (as do all of us) will initiate some meaningful change.

It’s the irony of our times that Patrick Roy takes over before a tough four-game stretch and then a bye week where he’s not allowed to coach them up.

The Isles are next in action on Feb. 5 in Toronto, where the Leafs face their own struggles, having fallen to fourth in their division, though still safely in playoff position.

Islanders News

  • Time, however, is not on the Isles’ side in their playoff aspirations under Roy. [Post]
  • Lots of podcasting this week: In the latest Islanders Anxiety, Dan and Mike talk about where the Isles are under Roy, surprising faces from the alumni weekend, and the upcoming outdoor game. [LHH]
  • Inside that alumni weekend, with lots of satisfying photos. [Isles]
  • The classy play that took Pierre Turgeon to the Hall of Fame (finally!). [Isles]
  • A year after the trade, Bo Horvat has been “everything and more” for the Isles, says Mat Barzal. [NHL] Looking back at the trade then and now. [THN]
  • Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin continue to add to their historic career hits total, but will this be the end of the line for the two pending UFAs? [Newsday]
  • Looking back at the c-c-c-c-cold Yankee Stadium game 10 years ago. [THN]
  • From the alumni game, an ex-Isle (and Hall of Famer) and an ex-Ranger are asked about Patrick Roy’s potential impact on the club. [THN]

Elsewhere

  • Blue Jackets top youngster Adam Fantilli will miss some time due to a skate cut to his leg. [NHL]
  • What a difference a coach and a year make. The Canucks feel the sky is the limit under Rick Tocchet. [Sportsnet]
  • I don’t care about Connor Bedard nor his counterpart #1 pick in the NBA draft, however this photo of the two of them together is excellent. [NHL] There was once a movie about this sort of thing.
  • In some Midwest prairie shenanigans, the Wild have claimed Declan Chisholm from the Jets. [TSN]
  • Zack Kassian convinced someone in Prague to hire him to play hockey there. [TSN]