05/04/2020

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The Sport Effect

Islanders will do what it takes to keep Mathew Barzal

Islanders standard supervisor Lou Lamoriello not too long ago reviewed the very long-expression upcoming of Mathew Barzal and the instant standing of defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

Lamoriello was asked if he would match an present sheet should really 1 be introduced to the 22-calendar year-outdated Barzal, who will be a restricted totally free agent in the offseason.

“It is our intention to not enable it to get to that place, but should really that come about, the reply is certainly,” the GM reported in remarks revealed Saturday on the Islanders’ staff web-site.

Barzal recorded staff-main totals in assists (forty one) and points (sixty) in 68 video games for the Islanders prior to the period staying put on pause March twelve because of to issues bordering the coronavirus pandemic.

A former Calder Trophy (rookie of the calendar year) receiver, Barzal has 207 points (fifty nine targets, 148 assists) in 234 profession video games since the Islanders chosen him with the sixteenth-general decide of the 2015 NHL Draft.

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As for Boychuk, Lamoriello reported he expects the veteran defenseman to be all set to participate in when the NHL is established to do the exact.

Boychuk needed ninety stitches to restore a reduce around his eyelid following staying strike in the confront by the skate of Canadiens still left winger Artturi Lehkonen in the Islanders’ 6-2 reduction to Montreal on March three.

The 36-calendar year-outdated veteran has two targets and nine assists in 64 video games this period.

Boychuk has invested the past 6 a long time with the Islanders following participating in the preceding 6 with the Bruins. He has fifty four targets and 152 assists in 725 profession video games with the Avalanche, Bruins and Islanders.