New York Islanders waive Nikita Soshnikov, next step unclear
The New York Islanders they are doing much better than I expected them to do to this point in the season. At 11-6-0 and fourth in the league in points (sixth in points percentage), they have certainly increased their postseason chances. For the sake of balance and equality, it’s worth noting that in the tough Eastern Conference, they’re only three points shy of the cutoff line, and they’ve had some games where they’ve looked less than stellar or had to bounce back. . Still, they’ve done well to navigate their difficulties and banking points.
They will probably get back on the plane today to go down to Nashville, as I heard from the post game comments on Monday that they planned to go back to Long Island for a day before leaving. While at home, they made a roster move.
- The Isles are in pretty good shape after starting this road stretch with a win over the Ottawa Senators. [Newsday]
- Andrew Gross boarded with Greg Picker as they drove from Ottawa to Montreal. [Island Ice]
- Zach Parise admits he put a little too much pressure on himself last year, but this year, he’s embracing his role as a depth player and succeeding because of it. [The Athletic]
- Eetu Liukas was the youngest player in the Finnish national team at a recent tournament. In addition, Quinn Finley and Jake Pivonka scored. [Islanders Prospect Report]
- Matt Martin’s father-in-law, Boomer Esiason, teased the Ottawa radio crew on Monday. Apparently, Canadians still hold a grudge over the comments he made about the CFL. [Awful Announcing]
- We’re approaching the UBS Arena’s first birthday/birthday/whatever you want to call it. amNY caught up with Arena President Kim Stone to see how things went.
- Reverse retros are out, folks. [Islanders]
- According to Elliotte Friedman, Nikita Soshnikov filed for waivers yesterday. I wonder what the next move will be, if they just want to keep a roster spot open or if they just want their waiver status set for a month or if they plan to call someone up, like Simon Holmstrom.
In another part
Last night’s NHL results include the Devils continuing with a 5-1 win (their 10th in a row) over the Canadiens and the Blue Jackets leading the flyers in OT In addition, the Penguins and Capitals again lost 5-2 in regulation.
- Former Hockey Canada CEO Bob Nicholson said he regrets not doing more to address off-ice misconduct in his organization. I’m sure this will make everything better. [TSN]
- Pierre LeBrun went to the GM meetings in Toronto and spoke with Sens GM Pierre Dorion. He also hears rumors about Jakob Chychrun. [The Athletic]
- LeBrun talks about that too, though San Jose Sharks General manager Mike Grier said he would consider trading Erik Karlsson. Good thing he considered trading his $11.5 million defenseman. [NHL]
- A deep dive into what will likely be considered a historic trade of Matthew Tkachuk for Jonathan Huberdeau et al. [The Athletic]
- About 32 abridged thoughts, as promised by Elliotte Friedman. Nothing devastating, though. [Sportsnet]
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