Islanders website: Report Friday afternoon Rick DiPietro is expected to play against Montreal with the following line combinations at practice in the latest shakeup:
Andy Sutton participated in practice with Aaron Johnson also participating as a defenseman. Ted Nolan talked about the flu big finally starting to leave the lockeroom.
Newsday: In Erik Boland's mid-afternoon article Ted Nolan talked about his teams effort has to improve and would not allow the flu to be an excuse, Mike Sillinger did not participate at practice but said it would be a positive for the club to get away while Bryan Berard talked about the club playing in spurts.
Media Blog: Cory Witt reports the Islanders are having problems getting to Montreal with the weather. Tomorrow's game is at 2pm.
Reuter/Countless sources: Report former Islander JP Dumont was signed to a four year contract extension by the Nashville Predators.
Tsn.ca: Scott Cullen put together a trade rumor's speculation thread from various credible media outlets which included Mark Herrmann's own speculation in the Islanders insider from Thursday.
NHL.com: John Kreiser has a full feature article with comments from Bill Torrey and Butch Goring on the deal with the Los Angeles Kings that is still the standard for greatest NHL trades.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Excellent article. I never knew the Isles were also looking at Daryl Sittler but that trade combined with the addition of Kenny Morrow and the return of Denis Potvin was really what got them turned around.