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COACH: Barry Trotz (first season, 20th NHL season).

ADDED: F Leo Komarov, F Valtteri Filppula, F Tom Kuhnhackl, F Jan Kovar, G Robin Lehner, D Luca Sbisa.

LOST: F John Tavares, D Calvin de Haan, G Jaroslav Halak.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Mathew Barzal. The reigning Calder Trophy winner as the league’s top rookie will be looked on to fill a bigger role with Tavares’ departure. Barzal led the team in scoring last season with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists). After playing on the second line with Jordan Eberle and fellow youngster Anthony Beauvillier a year ago Youth JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey , Barzal is expected to lead the top line with Beauvillier and Josh Bailey.

OUTLOOK: The Islanders have made just three playoff appearances in the last 11 seasons, missing out by 17 points last season after finishing with 30 losses in their final 45 games (15-24-6). The regression cost general manager Garth Snow and coach Doug Weight their jobs, replaced by three-time champion executive Lou Lamoriello as president of hockey operations and Trotz — who led Washington to the Stanley Cup title. The change in leadership has brought new optimism for the future, though experts expect another playoff miss.

Mike Pereira was once the best thing on NFL Network. In the early days of the league-owned cable channel, Pereira was the league’s head of officiating, and he made regular appearances to explain rules and calls. Pereira parlayed that role into a job as a full-time analyst on FOX, but now he has a beef with his former employer.

Pereira took to Twitter on Wednesday morning and said that NFL Network canceled his planned appearance for reasons he couldn’t understand. As a result, he missed an opportunity to promote Battlefields to Ballfields, the foundation he started that helps military veterans get jobs as sports officials.

“For those of you I told I was going to be on NFLN this morning, including you Veterans in Rochester Harrison Phillips Jersey , my appearance was cancelled because NFLN ‘was hesitant to talk about the rules of the game at this point.’ Really? Thought I was going to talk about our Veteran鈥檚 Foundation,” Pereira wrote.

For those of you I told I was going to be on NFLN this morning, including you Veterans in Rochester, my appearance…鈥?/p>— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) June 13, 2018

It’s unclear why the NFL’s own network is hesitant to discuss the rules of the game. The rules of the game are always among the biggest topics of discussion during the offseason, especially this year, with the revised catch rule and the new rule against initiating contact with the helmet. And Pereira is the best in the business at analyzing the rules of the game.

And for the NFL’s own network to bypass an opportunity to promote a good cause like Pereira’s foundation is just bizarre. NFL Network should explain itself.

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