On Johnny Boychuk’s Boston homecoming, Bruins GM under fire (Puck Daddy)

Last season, Garth Snow got aggressive for the New York Islanders, and it was a mistake.  Acquiring Thomas Vanek was a redundant move. It was clearly a rental, as everyone and their mom knew he was going to Minnesota, or at the very least not staying on Long Island. It cost the Islanders a first-round pick in a draft so deep that it probably reaches the Earth’s core. This season, Garth Snow was patient, and it’s been brilliant so far. He knew he had two things coming into this season: a weak blueline and a ton of cap space. He knew the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins had two things: a surplus of defensemen and cap problems. So like a frugal shopper waiting for that party dress to hit the clearance rack, Snow acquired Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, who were thrown together as a pairing and have been part of the foundation for the team’s stunning start. Boychuk has six points in six games, averaging 22:50 per game. Five of those points have come on the power play, and that’s where the biggest change has come for Boychuk vs. his time in Boston: 4:07 of ice time so far per game on the man advantage for the Islanders; he averaged 0:18 seconds per game on the power play with the Bruins last season. But that’s because the Bruins had a logjam in front of him: Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton all played more on the man advantage. It’s that logjam that jettisoned Boychuk to the Islanders. At the time of the trade, he noted the Bruins had eight defensemen. “Somebody had to go, and it was me,” he said. The Bruins could have waited, playing out the season up against the cap before cutting bait with Boychuk in the offseason, when he’s unrestricted. Instead, they opted to move him. And now Peter Chiarelli’s taking a beating for it. From Eric Wilbur in the Boston Globe: Less than three weeks ago, Thursday night’s game against the Islanders was little more than an early-season throwaway game for the Bruins. That was before Peter Chiarelli went and angered the masses by trading popular defenseman Boychuk to an NHL franchise that might as well be in Siberia for all the relevance they should muster this season. Now, Thursday night is as much about Bruins fans welcoming Boychuk back to his old haunts as it is sticking it to Chiarelli, who created the very salary cap shambles that forced him to surrender a top-four defenseman on the eve of what might be another run at the Stanley Cup. … In many ways, Boychuk made the most sense to go in order for the Bruins to create some cap relief. That doesn’t relieve Chiarelli of the blame though. This is still all his fault for mismanaging the cap to the degree where someone with even the slightest knowledge of the financial workings of the NHL could foresee this was going to become a problem eventually, the way the GM handed out three-year deals like BOGO frozen yogurt coupons at the mall. Ouch. Snow, meanwhile, waited in the weeds for the Bruins to get capped out, knowing something would shake loose. It was Boychuk, and he’s having a transformative effect on the Islanders. The “rings in the room” argument for player acquisition is a myth, but it’s hard to argue that adding a guy from a prestige team who brings it every single shift sets a tone for a roster that’s still trying to figure out this whole “playoff contention” thing. Now he returns to Boston with an Islanders team that’s tied with them in the standings – a team on the upswing, while we’re all trying to figure out which way the Bruins are climbing. “It’ll be different to be on the other side,” said Boychuk earlier this month. “The fans, the whole city was always behind us. “Well, most of the time, depending on how the game was going.” One assumes he’ll get a hero’s welcome tonight.  *** More from Yahoo Hockey

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 23, 2014 at 11:34 am

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How the 1994 NHL lockout spared us another hideous jersey design (Puck Daddy)

The Pittsburgh Penguins faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night  wearing their new third jerseys . They’re not technically new, as the uniforms are the same design that Mario, Jaromir and Ronnie Franchise wore during their back-to-back Stanley Cup years in 1991 and 1992. Unlike previous efforts, these uniforms were lauded by Penguins fans. It’s rare that an NHL team’s jersey is collectively praised, even from non-fans, given the league's penchant for the color black and horrible design schemes that clubs pump out on an annual basis so their cash registers stay busy.  When the NHL went through their 1990s third jersey explosion, we saw a ton of legendarily bad designs. We'll never forget the LA Kings’ Burger King jerseys or the Wild Wing ones that the Mighty Ducks tried to pull off or even the New York Islanders’ fisherman logo. But the Penguins almost had a jersey of their own that could have topped them all.  Look. At. These.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 23, 2014 at 9:31 am

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Islanders-Bruins Preview (The Associated Press)

Johnny Boychuk had a feeling the Boston Bruins were looking to move him toward the end of the preseason, but that didn't prevent him from feeling as if he'd experienced a "bad breakup" after being dealt to the New York Islanders. Boychuk returns to TD Garden on Thursday night as New York looks to avoid a third straight defeat. Up against the salary cap, Boston traded Boychuk and his $3.4 million cap hit to the Islanders on Oct. 4 for a 2015 second-round pick and conditional 2016 selection. Boychuk, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011 and make another appearance in the finals in 2013.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm

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Rutherford on Fleury’s future; Grabovski to IR; Joe Thornton’s old hair (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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NHL Three Stars: Night of the OT thrillers (and goalie interference) (Puck Daddy)

No. 1 Star: Kevin Klein, New York Rangers Klein needed to do his goalie Henrik Lundqvist a solid after a few pucks had gone in off the defenseman this season, including one against the New Jersey Devils. So he gave Lundqvist the win with the third game-winner of his eight-season career, scoring at 2:18 of overtime to complete a Rangers rally for the 4-3 win. No. 2 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs Phil The Thrill led the Leafs’ rally on Long Island, scoring two goals and assisting on one by James van Riemsdyk as Toronto blew past the New York Islanders, 5-2. No. 3 Star: Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning Palat’s sweet backhand goal on a point blast from Anton Stralman gave the Bolts a 2-1 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames, as Evgeni Nabokov outdueled Karri Ramo. Honorable Mention: Antti Raata made 32 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks scored three first-period goals in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Patrick Kane had two goals. … It wasn’t pretty, but the Boston Bruins defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-3. Seth Griffith scored his first NHL goal. Torey Krug and Milan Lucic had 3-point nights. Logan Couture had two goals. … David Desharnais was the OT hero for the Montreal Canadiens, as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1. The Nashville Predators won again, this time in a shootout over the Arizona Coyotes. Ryan Ellis scored a goal in regulation and the eventual winner in the shootout. … Adam Lowery scored his first NHL goal and Dustin Byfuglien added the back-breaker in the second as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 21 of 22 shots. … The Dallas Stars got two goals from Erik Cole and a slew of other multi-point games in doubling the Vancouver Canucks. … Rick Nash scored his eighth for the Rangers. … Brad Boyes’ OT goal at 2:23 gave the Florida Panthers a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who rallied from three goals down.   Did You Know? The Devils and Rangers were a combined 5-for-8 on the power play. Dishonorable Mention: Thomas Hickey and Travis Hamonic were a minus-3. … Ryan Miller was pulled after giving up five goals on 13 shots. … Nick Bonino, Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins were minus-3; Kevin Bieksa was a minus-4. … This goalie interference penalty was bad. … This goalie interference penalty was terrible.  ... In fact, the overall officiating in the Panthers/Avs game was terrible. 

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 22, 2014 at 2:17 am

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Flyers-Penguins Preview (The Associated Press)

Little has gone wrong for the Pittsburgh Penguins so far this season - something that cannot be said of the rival Philadelphia Flyers.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 22, 2014 at 1:33 am

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Kessel’s two goals lifts Leafs over Islanders 5-2 (The Associated Press)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- According to James van Riemsdyk, his linemate Phil Kessel was this close to discarding his sticks.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 22, 2014 at 12:41 am

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NHL-Highlights of Tuesday’s NHL games (Reuters)

(Adds late games) Oct 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games: - - - - Bruins 5, Sharks 3 The Boston Bruins struck for three third-period goals to rally to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The win gave the Bruins (4-4-0) back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Just-recalled rookie right winger Seth Griffith tied the game with his first NHL goal 4:50 into the third before center Gregory Campbell scored his first of the season at 10:42. Center David Krejci scored a short-handed empty-net goal with 24.5 seconds left. ...

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 22, 2014 at 12:30 am

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One more time: Islanders want to rattle the rafters in final season at Nassau Coliseum (Yahoo Sports)

The New York Islanders won four straight Stanley Cups at Nassau Coliseum in the early 1980s before falling on hard times. In their final season at the venerable old rink before moving to Brooklyn, they want to go out with a playoff bang.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm

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Scrivens’ mental health awareness masks; CHL responds to lawsuit; slow starters (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on October 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm

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