New York Islanders
So much for the Islanders standing pat at the trade deadline. The Metropolitan Division leaders pulled off three trades on Monday as they attempted to position themselves for the playoffs.
Jay McClement scored twice and Cam Ward made 21 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Saturday for their third straight win.
For the New York Rangers and New York Islanders, this is a time when patience will be tested. The season has reached the final quarter and the playoffs are just around the corner.
One day after locking up their best young defenseman for years, the Islanders were reportedly working toward signing their best veteran defenseman long term.
Leddy, who is just 23 but was scheduled to be a restricted free agent at season’s end, will reportedly receive $38.5 million over the next seven years, for an average annual value of $5.5 million.
If you are expecting the Islanders to add some pieces for a run at the Stanley Cup you may end up being disappointed.
Long a great player on a team not ready to take the next step, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft has carried himself like a superstar this season and his team has responded in kind.
“Coliseum Conversation,” presented by The Lifestyle Sports and Entertainment Group, will take place on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Madison Theatre on the campus of Molloy College in Rockville Centre.
The Kyle Okposo injury? No problem. Tough loss to the Rangers at home? It’s forgotten about the very next game. There is no quit in this hockey club.
Serious plans for the NHL’s March 2 trade deadline are being made right now, and it’s all about making the best possible deal.
Yep. On Monday night, an original Islanders season-ticket holder told everyone in TV land a little too much information.
When the Islanders scored 11 seconds in on Monday night and built a pair of two-goal leads it appeared they would remain perfect at home against division opponents. Not so fast.
The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders have won all three meetings this season, outscoring the Rangers 13-4. The Isles have dominated, pinning their rivals deep in their own end by dictating pace with their relentless forecheck.
Peter Laviolette, Jon Cooper, Michel Therrien, Jack Capuano and Alain Vigneault have all done outstanding jobs this season and should be the leading candidates for NHL coach of the year.
The Islanders find themselves atop the Metropolitan Division and right on the periphery of the Eastern Conference stratosphere.