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Bits: Isles draft party reaction, that Cody Rosen pick, market opens tomorrow

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Kirill Kabanov says: "I am not a crook."
Kirill Kabanov says: "I am not a crook."

The free agent feeding frenzy is less than (er, I mean close to) 24 hours away. Here's some of the news and views to chew on in the meantime:

Finally, several fans have emailed me over the last few days, some to say thanks (thanks back!) and some to elaborate on the Draft Party reaction (Newsday said fans were disappointed with the Nino pick; others disagree.) A little more on that, and some video of the reaction:

Billy told me it was more surprise than disappointment, related to do with the possibilities that opened up once Columbus reached for Johansen:

"We were thinking 'Holy crap! Fowler, Gormley AND Connolly are available. Do we take Connolly for scoring? Or Fowler for defense? Or take Gormley as the safe pick?' Then we took Nino and it was like 'No way?!?!' Mind you we didn't say that in a bad way, just shocked. Out of the four people rumored for them to take, we didn't take one."

"Dragonfly" who runs Yes Islanders!, reports the same, and has some great video of the reaction: "You'll notice some people making noise and being excited, but many people were sitting in their seats with little response, positive or negative. I was surprised by the pick, and apparently so were the majority of fans in attendance."

By the way, his full draft video [below] is great -- a survey of tons of Isles fans at the Party guessing/hoping who the Isles would pick beforehand. Reminds me how fun it is to be a fan:


Just thought that was fun. If you see any interesting free agent stories (or anything else), as always post 'em in comments or FanShots. And remember: Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of some free agent's life.