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Islanders News: Who do you trust? Hubba, hubba, hubba! Money, money, money! Who do you trust?

And where is the Batman? He's at home, washing his tights!

Carrying that money around is hell on the back.
Carrying that money around is hell on the back.
Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders things

  • The big news around the Islanders was no news: as in no new deals for RFAs Brock Nelson and Kevin Poulin. Not signing doesn't mean anything dire, but the situations bear watching. Per Arthur Staple:
    Update to the non-update:

  • Play poker with Matt Martin to benefit his charity. My advice, R2: Let the Matty win. [Matt Martin Hockey]
  • Mathew Barzal's potential is through the roof. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Catch up on the Riveters, their free agents and the NHWL salary cap in Zoë's first post.
  • Bryan Berard talks about the scumbag scam artists that made off his retirement money. [National Post]

What else?

  • Johnny Oduya oh don'tcha. The veteran defenseman joins Patrick Sharp in Dallas by signing a pretty reasonable two-year deal. [that and much more at Defending Big D]
  • And immediately after that, the Ducks signed Ryan Kesler to a pretty unreasonable six-year extension that will pay him almost $7 million a year. At age 31 now and with a lot of miles on those bones, by the time the deal is over, Kesler will just be a pile of orange and black goo on the Honda Center ice.  But hey, Bob Murray was the 2014 NHL GM of the year and finalist this year. Not that I'm still bitter or anything. []
  • The Mystery of the Up-and-Down Goalie Prospect, starring Canadiens pick Zachary Fucale. [EOTP]
  • The annual Super Schedule is out at On the Forecheck, outlining which teams travel the most throughout the season. As usual, the Islanders get off pretty easy.
  • Chinese women's hockey is also on the rise as a former National team captain returns to lead a development camp. [IIHF]
  • Sure Greece doesn't have two drachma to rub together, but they want to buy the Coyotes because it would be awesome. [Zeitgeist foolishness]
  • The finalists for the NWHL jerseys designs have been chosen and it's time to vote on all four. I went with Option B for the Riveters. Has a real New York Americans vibe to it.

"Why Dontcha" by West, Bruce and Laing. A little obscure, but it puts the bow on the Johnny Oduya Musical Pun Series.