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Not that anyone blames them.

Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank had a story today that the says the Isles are looking to arrange a deal with Nassau County to get out of the Coliseum and into Brooklyn a year early, which makes perfect sense.

Leaving Nassau Coliseum a year earlier would enable the Islanders to begin capitalizing on revenue streams in Brooklyn, while not playing as lame duck tenants at the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike any longer than possible.

A source with knowledge of the team’s internal discussions has told Point Blank that “without question” the Islanders will play next season, the 2013-14 season, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

I like the idea of next year being a “farewell tour” of sorts to the Coliseum and surrounding area that’s been a great home for the franchise for many years, but two more years does seem a bit painful. Here’s to hoping this gets done, the team gets an official final season in the old barn, and that they get to Brooklyn sooner than later. It’ll certainly be a lot easier to attract free agents after the move happens.

(Stick-tap to @PhillipMSchwart)

PAVEL BURE CANUCKS

When Hall of Fame forward Pavel Bure made his long awaited return to Vancouver on Thursday night, it may have been the final obstacle for the organization to retire Bure’s No. 10 in the very near future.

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Calgary Flames v Nashville Predators

The NHL trade deadline is just under two weeks away, but the rumors are just starting to get going. One of the bigger names expected to be on the move come April 3rd is Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, has submitted a list of four teams he would accept a trade to.

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St Louis Blues v Anaheim Ducks

The most coveted UFA-to-be this year was Corey Perry in a landslide, so there’s undoubtedly some disappointed teams today as they found out he signed an eight-year contract extension worth $69 million with Anaheim, an average annual cap hit of $8.625 for the Ducks.

I don’t include that as a negative, I just think it’s interesting.

Anyway, with that, Perry and Getzlaf are taken care of, and everyone else can move on.

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about why Duck’s GM Bob Murray should trade the two superstars, which essentially made the point that “you can’t lose them for nothing,” but probably could’ve done a better job explaining that if you can keep them, you should. I’ve long been a proponent of the concept of “difference-makers” – they’re tough to come by at the NHL level, these select few humans who can change the course of the game with a single great play, so full credit to the Ducks for doing what they had to do not to lose theirs.

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NHL realignment, she is official

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Done deal: next season the NHL will look a little bit different, with the Red Wings and Blue Jackets heading to the Eastern Conference, and the Winnipeg Jets heading West. I gotta say: if you’re the Islanders, dealing with the Penguins, Flyers, Devils and Rangers every year, mixing in the Blue Jackets, Capitals and Hurricanes doesn’t sound so awful.

Anyway, above is the graphic from NHL.com – more on this in a bit!

Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers

From the Rangers website:

Following an injury suffered in last night’s game vs. Philadelphia, Rangers alternate captain Marc Staal was examined today in New York by Dr. Mark Fromer, ophthalmologist, and Dr. Mendel Markowitz, maxillofacial surgeon.

The injury has improved significantly and both doctors are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery.

Staal will be sidelined indefinitely.

Excellent news for the young, talented d-man.

Minnesota Wild v Toronto Maple Leafs

For the first and only time this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs will not take to the ice for one of their traditional Saturday night games, but even without a game today, we have plenty of Maple Leafs news making the rounds.

Mike Komisarek, who hasn’t played since February 2nd against the Bruins, has reportedly issued a list of 12 teams he would accept a trade to.

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