Mathew Barzal said he was confident of signing a contract with the New York Islanders for next season and beyond, but there was no dialogue between his agent and general manager Lou Lamoriello during the break. NHL season.
“To be honest with you guys, I don’t think there was too much communication, and not because there is something negative or anything, it’s just that Lou is preparing for a playoff right now, and I’m still worried about this season as, “said Barzal during a conference call Friday. “I’m not too worried about it, just because I don’t think the season is over yet. I think we will still play. “
“There are more important things that we need to worry about right now in terms of [Stanley Cup] Playoffs this year. But at the same time, whenever we are ready to sit down and do it, I would like that to happen. At the same time, I am not a person who is going to rush this thing or get nervous about it or anything else. I’m just spending my day and it will happen when it does. “
Lamoriello said last month that the Islanders would match an offer if Barzal signed one.
Barzal and his teammates returned to New York from Calgary when the NHL stopped the season on March 12 due to concerns about the coronavirus. The Islanders (35-23-10) have lost their last seven games (0-3-4) before the break and are one point behind the Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets for a playoff joker of the Eastern Conference, with Columbus playing two more games than New York and Carolina.
But Barzal echoed the sentiments of coach Barry Trotz, who told NHL.com in an interview published Tuesday that he believed the Islanders would find their way to the playoffs.
“I think everyone knows that our record was not good last [seven] games, but there were some positive things, “said Barzal. It was only a question of results at this point, because our mindset was always the same and we were still as competitive as ever. Just tough rebounds, it’s a tough time of the year, every game is crucial, it comes down to one or two games each game. It seemed like we couldn’t find these pieces. We still had 14 games left. We just had a team meeting where we sort of explained everything and we realized that we have 14 games, we are not in the playoffs right now, we have to tie up. I think everyone was thrilled to be in the last little game over there because it’s fun to compete for a playoff spot.
“My first year (2016-17), we were not in the playoffs with 11 or 12 games to go. It really wasn’t fun. You just didn’t have a sense of competitiveness, so being in the playoff fight the past two years has been an explosion for me and my teammates. I was pretty confident that we were going to make the playoffs again. “
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There is no timetable for the resumption of the season, but Barzal said he remains hopeful. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old remains at his parents’ home in Vancouver.
“I get home cooked meals and eat like a king,” said Barzal. “I can’t complain there. I try to stay busy, I try to train as much as I can. That’s about all I can do right now.
“I have a lot of energy when I’m around the ice, just like playing with guys and just being with my teammates and having fun at the ice, it’s really my favorite part of life. Not being able to do it was just I went crazy. I kill my father in Ping-Pong and I kill my sister in Ping-Pong and I am excited because I have nothing competitive in my life right now. All I have. It was difficult, but I’m just trying to stay busy. “