With New York Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal getting a rest from practice, what other Islanders players could use a breather? Remember they have to play “a lot of minutes” according to Doug Weight in order to be considered.
This week New York Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal got a rest day from practice. As soon as he didn’t step on the ice for practice Islanders fandom went into an aboslute tailspin. And coach Doug Weight didn’t help matter by essentially being quoi with the media by saying he was fine, but giving no other details.
Less than 24 hous later he broke his silence to indicate that Barzal was getting a day to rest and recharge. Saying he deserved the time off.
There’s no doubt that Barzal deserved the time off. Even if this was Doug Weight covering for an illness or small knock that Barzal may have picked up, it doesn’t matter. He deserved this time off.
All season long Barzal and John Tavares have been dragging this mediocre group to a tiebreaker away from the post-season. His calder calibre play will be rewarded at the end of the season, but to ensure he makes it there in one piece a day off can only help.
So if Barzal deserved some time off for playing “a lot of minutes” it got me thinking of who else could use time off for the same reason. Who else in the Islanders team could use a day off to just sit and catch up on some rest and maybe their favorite netflix shows?