Section 3 of the 2022-23 NHL COVID-19 season protocol document reads that “No player shall be denied opportunities to participate in club activities on the basis of his or her vaccination status.” This means New York Islanders can’t prevent potentially unvaccinated Bode Wilde from partnering with the organization this season as they did a year ago.
The Director-General of New York Islanders, Lou Lamoreello, had a strict “must be vaccinated” rule to play in his organization.
Because Bud Wild Not complying, the islanders found him in a new home with Vasterviks IK (Sweden’s second division division) for the 2021-22 season.
In 40 regular season games, the Quebec native struggled with just one goal and nine assists. In seven playoffs, the 22-year-old scored two goals and one assist.
Although the NHL’s rules on vaccinated players have changed, that doesn’t mean New Yorkers are satisfied with Wilde’s decision to remain unvaccinated. In Montreal, before the start of the 2022 NHL draft, Lamoriello was asked about Bode Wilde’s game plan for 2022-23.
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Lamoreello said things were still in limbo and it was all about Wilde’s vaccination status because the NHL executive was unwilling to back down on his decision.
NYI Hockey now I reached out to Wilde’s agent Allain Roy after the rule change to find out if his client would be at New York Islanders training camp, which begins September 21, but Roy has not commented on the matter.
Even if Wilde plays at Bridgeport this next season, he’s not too high up on the totem pole.
Here is a list of the Islanders’ right-hand man: Ryan Pulock, Noah Dobson, Scott Mayfield, Robin Salo (playing on both sides), Grant Hutton, Bode Wilde and Paul LaDue.
Every player on this list played at least one NHL game in 2021-22, with the exception of Wilde.
Due to a year away from Bridgeport losing a critical year of development as his relationship with the organization soured, Wade put himself only slightly behind the eight ball in terms of his path to the NHL.
A fresh start elsewhere seems more likely than Wilde’s arrival in the NHL with the New York Islanders. However, given Wilde’s commercial value, which is next to nothing, the islanders could, at best, get a seventh-round pick for the 22-year-old.
But as we saw with Joshua Ho Sang Disaster, Lamoriello doesn’t give players free, regardless of their standing with the organization.
However, this past weekend, Marco D’Amico From Montreal hockey now He had an interesting story that included Bode Wilde as a potential player Canadians could acquire, a team looking for a defensive man on the right side.
Here’s what D’Amico had to say about why Bode Wilde is a solid choice for Canadians:
“The relationship between Wilde and the New York Islands has soured over the past two years, as the 22-year-old from Montreal will likely need a fresh start in a new organisation. Wilde plays a very offensive game from the backend, pushes the ball up with ease, and has the tools Offensive that ensures powerplay is also used.The 6’3 195lb defender is currently stuck with the islanders and doesn’t have a realistic shot at the NHL level [with them]…”
The New Yorkers traded with the Canadians earlier this summer when they replaced the 13th pick in the 2022 NHL Draft for the 22-year-old defensive man. Alexander Romanov.
The Canadians flipped thirteenth in a deal for the Chicago Blackhawks to Kirby Dash quarterback.
The other defenders on Amico’s roster were the New York Rangers’ picks in the first round of 2018 Niels Lundqvistwho recently requested a deal from the organization, selecting the Los Angeles Kings 2022 for the second round Helge Grans.
The big draw for the Montreal Canadiens to gain prospects is that this season will be about development. Bode Wilde can be a low-risk, high-risk acquisition, which is why islanders may not have moved on from it yet.
Since his OHL days with Saginaw Spirit (73 GP, 23 G, 58 A, 81 P) from 2018-2020, Bode Wilde has yet to play to this level since joining the Islanders organization.
in two seasons Bridgeport Prior to his loan, the Offensive Defending Man scored only three goals and five assists in 42 combined matches from 2019-2021.
There is no opening for Wilde now on the NHL roster, and his role with Bridgeport will likely be limited, as he has to earn every bit of ice time from head coach Brent Thompson.
If Bode Wilde does not participate in the New York Islanders training camp, whether it is his personal or team decision, it will be interesting to see the path Lamoriello takes. He can loan it out again, or he can pass it on, and both parties can move on.
Wilde has one year left in the entry contract before he becomes a restricted free agent.
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