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Sport Islanders' Andy Greene says he 'definitely' plans on playing next season

18:45  05 april  2020
18:45  05 april  2020 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Isles GM Lou Lamoriello expects goalie Ilya Sorokin to sign a contract for next season

  Isles GM Lou Lamoriello expects goalie Ilya Sorokin to sign a contract for next season The 24-year-old goaltender has dominated the KHL the last few years and is considered the best netminder outside the NHL. He finished the 2019-20 season with a 1.50 GAA and a .935 save percentage in 40 appearances for CSKA Moscow. In the currently suspended playoffs, Sorokin has won all four of his matchups, allowing just three goals so far, with a 0.73 GAA and a .966 save percentage. Sorokin’s contract expires on April 30th, although with the coronavirus suspending play, that date could be pushed back if the KHL intends to continue their playoffs at some point.

The New York Islanders paid a premium price to acquire 37-year-old defenseman Andy Greene from the New Jersey Devils at the trade deadline, sending the Devils their 2021 second-round pick. However, with the NHL hiatus in place, the Islanders have gotten only 10 games from the veteran blueliner.

a hockey game in the snow: In his 14th season in the league, Andy Greene (4) has two goals, 14 points and 155 blocked shots in 63 games. © Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports In his 14th season in the league, Andy Greene (4) has two goals, 14 points and 155 blocked shots in 63 games.

Newsday’s Andrew Gross writes, however, that Greene has made it clear that he doesn’t have any intention to retire at the end of this season.

“Oh, yeah, for sure, in my mind, I’m definitely going to play,” Greene told Newsday this week.

Tony Dungy on Andrew Luck: ‘I don’t think he’s coming back’

  Tony Dungy on Andrew Luck: ‘I don’t think he’s coming back’ In an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show," Dungy talked about Luck’s decision to step away from football, what influenced it and why he doesn’t think the 30-year-old quarterback will return to the NFL. "I don't think he's coming back." – Tony Dungy on Andrew Luck on @dpshow— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) March 23, 2020 “I think his decision was well thought out. I think there was a lot of mental pressure on him, the fact that he was getting hurt a lot,” Dungy said. “I think he just made the decision; it’s time to step away. I don’t think he made that lightly.

While that doesn’t necessarily mean that Greene, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, would return to the Islanders next season, at least it’s still a possibility. In his 14th season in the league, Greene has two goals, 14 points and 155 blocked shots in 63 games.

  • If the NHL decides to go with a playoff system with more than the standard 16 games, the Vegas Golden Knights would receive a bye in the first round as they are the No. 1 seed in the Pacific Division. However, head coach Peter DeBoer suggested recently, via SinBin’s Ken Boehlke, that he isn’t enamored with that idea and would not be interested in a bye for his team. “I don’t want to be the team with the bye, sitting there after being off for a month or two months or three months, having teams play two-out-of-threes and play-in games while you’re sitting there. There’s a huge advantage to having actually played games. I know the bye sounds like an advantage. And it is an advantage if you’ve been playing an entire 82-game season and you roll into that and you have 10 days to prepare for the next round. But when you’ve been sitting around for months, it’s a disadvantage. From a fairness point of view, that would be a concern for me.”
  • Once considered to be a future franchise piece to the Flyers' defense, Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has struggled for two straight years, which includes a five-goal, 12-point season last year in 42 games. While there was talk that Gostisbehere could have been a trade candidate at the trade deadline, Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi writes that it’s extremely likely that he will be traded within the next year due to the expansion draft in 2021. With the Flyers likely to protect only three defensemen, it’s a lock that they will be Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim and Philippe Myers, leaving Gostisbehere available to Seattle. However, the scribe believes that Philadelphia is more likely to trade him rather than just hand him over to Seattle for nothing.

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Avalanche sign standout prospect Jacob MacDonald to two-year deal

  Avalanche sign standout prospect Jacob MacDonald to two-year deal Though he may have only two games at the NHL level in his career, MacDonald has been so successful in the minor leagues he may be fighting for a roster spot with the Avalanche at some point. The team does have several players headed for free agency, including Mark Barberio and Kevin Connauton who will both be unrestricted. Even Nikita Zadorov, who is still a restricted free agent, could have an uncertain future with the club thanks to his cost. The 24-year-old would need a $3.2M qualifying offer, a number that becomes a little trickier to swallow should the salary cap stay flat (or even decrease) thanks to lost revenue.

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