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Islanders News: Jiggs on Isles, Vaive on Tavares, Bean on our mock

Any day is a good day to get Jiggsy with it.

Jiggsy like.
Jiggsy like.
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It's Friday and it's a week from the draft and lots of people figure the Isles will trade their 1st-rounder but for whom?

Islanders Reads

  • Jiggs McDonald talked about the Islanders' first season in Brooklyn, the free agents, and even Jean-Francois Berube. [THW]
  • Rick Vaive says the Leafs shouldn't target Steven Stamkos now, they should target John Tavares in 2018 (and also adds more amplification to the "always serious" Tavares experience). [Sportsnet]
  • We doubt he'll be there at #19, but in the SB Nation mock draft we selected Jake Bean. Here's why. [LHH]
  • All of the clips of Islanders doing cool stuff in the community. [Isles]
  • Before the Isles add some more youngsters at the draft, we are doing this Top 25 Under 25 countdown thing. Ilya Sorokin comes in at #9. [LHH]

Buddies to the end:

Charity softball with my boy @zeekerr in support of Make A Wish foundation! @team_boomer_usa #boomerandcarton

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  • Arizona acquired the negotiating rights to Alex Goligoski for a 5th-round pick. (So there's your starting price if someone asks for Okposo's rights tomorrow.) [Defending Big D]
  • Cam Ward signed a two-year extension(!). [Canes Country]
  • Sven Baertschi did too (Canucks). [TSS]
  • And Dmitri Jaskin (Blues) makes it three. [STLtoday]
  • More interestingly, Ken Hitchcock and Mike Yeo discuss kind of not liking each other and then hitting it off enough to agree to a coach-in-waiting arrangement. [STLtoday]
  • The Flyers are gonna buy out R.J. Umberger. That's expected. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • The Leafs are buying out Jared Cowen. That's even more expected. [PPP]
  • The Penguins are kind of vague about the future of Marc-Andre Fleury. [NHL]
  • Suddenly Colorado is saying it won't trade Tyson Barrie. [NHL]
  • The reasons Quebec won't be awarded an expansion team (yet) have to do with the lack of clear corporate support. Oh, and the dollar. Nobody wants to prop them up. [Sportsnet]
  • Assessing individual players' impact on shorthanded shot suppression. [WIIM]
  • After a restful and healing season away, Ilya Bryzgalov is focused and driven to get back into an NHL crease. [NHLPA]
  • Mars needs women and Rutgers needs hockey. [On the Banks]
  • Streets of Philadelhia? [BSH]
  • Anaheim Calling has a new manager. (Not Randy Carlyle, he's busy.) [Anaheim Calling]

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