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Islanders News: New owners in, awards also-rans out, time to go all-in until you're all out

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The award close the book on 2015-16. Now: the draft, free agency and Vegas!

Who's that fancy man -- wait, Hard Rocks are still a thing?
Who's that fancy man -- wait, Hard Rocks are still a thing?
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The annual NHL awards were last night in Las Vegas, and our man Dan was stuck watching it. More on that below, but first some other league and Isles reads.

Islanders Reads

  • It's official now: Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky's takeover of majority ownership was approved. [Newsday]
  • Maybe that means, with everything else in the roster and prospect cycle, they should go all in? Because they should go all in. [Post] (Except not in a Yandle kind of way.)
  • Also official: Las Vegas will become the 31st team with expansion in 2017-18. That has some ramifications for the Isles' divisional schedule and roster. [LHH]
  • Speaking of the schedule, Eric Hornick has all kinds of Skinny, including the opening date being a good omen, so help me Bossy. [Skinny]
  • And speaking of Vegas, John Tavares had some things to say about location, venue, and how many people want to go to Vegas for the show. [FFH]
  • Top 25 Under 25: The conclusion. We wrapped up our countdown of the Isles' best youth with Mathew Barzal at #2 and Ryan Strome in the top spot. [LHH Debate Central]
  • Tage Thompson is taking dad's advice on this whole NHL draft ride thing. [CT Post]
  • This definitely says something in Danish about Frans Nielsen. (It's about him being named captain of their team in September bidding to qualify for the Winter Olympics, leading a squad that includes every Danish NHLer.) [Stiften.dk]

NHL Awards

  • No hardware for the Islanders, but John Tavares (Hart/MVP) and Frans Nielsen (Selke/defensive forward, Lady Byng/playing awesome without goonery) received votes in the top 20. [LHH]
  • Finalist Matt Martin missed out on the Foundation Award, but he's still a good dude in our book. Impressive amount of community work, that one. [LHH]
  • Somehow Mark Messier has a leadership award where he decides the finalists, and the ultimate winner. John Tavares was just a finalist. The award went to Shea Weber, whose best days are behind him (much like Messier for half his career). [LHH]
  • Jaromir Jagr wasn't at the awards ceremony in Vegas, he's home with an ailing father. But he talked about the nomination for the Masteron award (which he won last night) at the end of the season. [Miami Herald]
  • Tony X, that guy who was on Twitter that one night discovering NHL playoff hockey for all the world to see, was a no-show at the awards because maybe his flight was canceled or maybe he found something better to do in town than being associated with all that. [Yahoo]

The Rest of the Circus

  • Keith Yandle will be 30 in September and the Panthers just signed him for SEVEN years and $6.35 million per year, making him the highest-paid Panther. (Trivia: Dave Bolland is third!) [LeBrun]
  • Fellow UFA trade chip Alex Goligoski signed with his new team too, five years and $27.475 million with the Coyotes. [FFH]
  • Who knows what kind of craziness Milan Lucic will enjoy as he hits free agency. Look for Edmonton to go big. [Kings Insider]
  • Edmonton is also heavily interested in Kevin Shattenkirk, a hot trade rumor mill name due to the Blues' cap and one year remaining before he hits UFA. [TSN]
  • Speaking of expansion, this rundown of near-miss cities from NHL history is excellent. I completely forgot about the Hampton Roads bid. [Down Goes Brown at THN]