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Islanders News: Lubo lives, Howie recovers, McDonald flies

The Isles defenseman discusses negotiations and injuries, while the play-by-play announcer has a health scare.

Don't go!
Don't go!
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Today is the 4th of July -- i.e. Independence Day -- in the United States. You're supposed to blow stuff up, but only where it's legal, in a totally non-terrorizing way, and in a manner that risks at most your own digits and the digits of the family members or neighbors you like least.

Islanders Reads
  • If you missed them: Rundowns covering the many additions and some of the departures for the Sound Tigers. [CT Post | Soundin' Off | Newsday | LHH] C.J. Motte is off to Rochester. [HockeyFights]
  • Colin McDonald will now wear the other kind of orange. [Flyers]
  • Best "get well" wishes to Howie Rose, who fell ill enough that the Mets landed their plane early for medical attention. (Insert "from watching the Mets" joke here.) [LHH]
  • In an interview from before July 1, Lubomir Visnovsky said he still wants to play in the NHL, and received a one-year offer from the Islanders that was "just a start." [IIHF]
  • Meanwhile, Ryan Pulock wants to be in the NHL sooner rather than later. [Brandon Sun]
  • Ultimately, the Islanders' activity in free agency so far reflects faith in the existing roster. [Islanders Insight]
  • Puck Buddies reviews the season and the summer ahead.
  • Buncis The Driving Cat -- okay, Latvian Filips Buncis -- gets an invite to next weeks Islanders rookie camp. [Junior Hockey]
  • Kevin Czuczman will attend a charity game to raise money for three Ontario health organizations. [Goderich Signalstar]
Free Agency
  • The Sharks signed 34-year-old Joel Ward for 3 years and over $9.8 million. [Fear the Fin]
  • The Sabres inked Ryan O'Reilly to a bonus-loaded 7-year, $52.5 million contract. Annual salary is $1 million, with a bunch of signing/roster bonuses throughout. [Die by the Blade]
  • Brandon Saad becomes the Blue Jackets' highest-paid player after signing for six years at an average annual value of $6 million. (Evidently Chicago's highest offer was $5 million per.) [The Cannon]
  • Carlo Colaiacovo's latest destination is Buffalo on a one-year deal for $900k. [Friedman]
Further Review
  • A look at TJ Oshie by the numbers, one of two big forward additions for the Metro rival Caps. [Japers']
  • Speaking of which, this is the 5-year-old daughter of a guy I know. Mom posts daughter's crying reaction to Oshie trade on Facebook, it's picked up by local news, then Yahoo and SportsCenter, now British, German and who knows what other press around the world. That's what the social marketers call "viral." [FTW]
  • Is the Kessel hot dog story real? If you read the Simmons column, you probably didn't give it a second thought. If you're familiar with his stuff, you probably assumed it was just another hatchet. [PPP]
  • In a standard Burnsiding, ESPN already has power rankings for next season that place Anaheim at the top because they added some character. [ESPN]
  • How improved is the Oilers defense? [Oilers Nation]
  • Down Goes Brown tries to make sense of the Kessel trade. [Grantland]