Barry Trotz is doing what he can to make sure his players are ready to play when the National Hockey League resumes.
However, what happens to the COVID-19 pandemic is never far from the mind of the coach of the New York Islanders.
“These are really weird moments,” Trotz said during a video conference on Friday from his home in Garden City, New York.
“New York (City), we’re close enough, and it’s real. The rest of the country, maybe Canada, doesn’t know how real it is.
“We have health workers on the street, and they keep me somewhat informed when I speak across the street. It’s real and it’s important (to fight), so I hope everyone stays safe. “
New York City has become an epicenter of the coronavirus with more than 100,000 confirmed cases and more than 12,000 deaths.
Trotz, whose home on Long Island is not far from the Nassau Coliseum, where the islanders play most of their home games, said he had found various sources of inspiration in the fight against the coronavirus.
“You see here the front line workers who have been pushed to their limits, their families have been separated from them, some front line people have been separated from the families for 20, 30 days, and they stay overnight in hotels and travel directly back to work, “he said.
“My heart goes out to everyone and I thank them. People who are still working in some of these important areas, my heart goes out to them.
“We get the daily totals (in New York) of the number of people who continued, and it’s heartbreaking. For anyone who has lost people, family members or (those who) cannot come to their families, our thoughts are with you and we will come back and will come back to a normal community.
“We want to come back to play, everyone wants to go back to their normal lives, but I was inspired by how creative people were and how they were honored for a while with their families that you didn’t used to have. Take advantage and pray for those who have lost. “
Trotz was reunited at the request of Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville and Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett. The three discussed their long history of the game, their mutual admiration and some of the strategies they use while at work.
Although everyone has a strong desire to start working with the NHL at the break since March 12, everyone keeps an overview. There may be some optimism that the NHL games could be played in empty arenas, signaling a comeback sooner than expected, but there are still many unanswered questions.
“Coaches and players and everyone associated with organizations are as eager to return as the fans,” said Tippett from his Arizona home. “We just want everyone to be safe there, we want to get things back on track as quickly as possible, but the goal of the whole world right now, not just the United States and Canada, is to make so that this thing is taken care of from. “
Quenneville, who returned home to Chicago from Florida, said: “I want to thank all of the frontline workers. When you look at the nurses and the doctors and everything they did to sacrifice their health in a really difficult time, whether it’s the grocery stores (the workers), the trucks, you name it, they’re there in danger, this is a great appreciation of (us). “
MERCHANT SAYS YOUNG PEOPLE WILL HELP LEAVES AND BOLTS
Brad Marchand has confidence in the Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
In a sense.
Boston Bruins spokesperson said on a conference call earlier this week that when the NHL resumes, teams like the Leafs and Lightning will have an advantage.
“The teams that come back and look good are very young teams like Toronto, Tampa, really advanced teams,” said Marchand. “They will have their legs, they can recover them quickly. Older teams are really struggling. “
And play in empty alleys?
“It would be like a practice,” said Marchand. “One of the most exciting things about the game is having the fans out there for the support and the energy and momentum they can create.
“But if that’s what it takes to get back on the ice and play, we’re just going to get on the ice. We just want a shot to get that cup.”
The Bruins led the NHL with 100 points, six more than defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues when the league was on hiatus.
The Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien settled their differences on Friday and mutually resolved the defender’s complaints after the team suspended him last September, ending his contract with immediate effect. The bee bird told the Jets last September that he had lost interest in the game and had been suspended. After undergoing ankle surgery in October, Byfuglien told the club again in January that he no longer wanted to play. Now a free agent, Byfuglien has left a total of 14 million US dollars, for this season and the next, on the table … The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goalkeeper Joonas Korpisalo for a two-year contract extension until in 2021-2022… Toronto Marlies signed Scott Pooley for a one year AHL contract.