I'm not gonna sugarcoat it for you people: this week is going to be a wild adventure starting today. Keep your ears up and your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times.
NHL teams must decide which of their restricted free agents receive qualifying offers by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 26, 2016
- Brooksie gets the doom train rolling, writing that the Islanders' offer to Frans Nielsen is too low and that agents are telling their clients to stay out of Brooklyn. But they mean it In the nicest way possible. [LHH dissemination]
- Prospect mini-camp opens this week for your scrutiny. [LHH]
- Audio: Hockey Night in New York talks about the draft and free agency with Brian Compton, Joe Yerdon and others.
- Newsday looks back at a momentous day: June 26, 2009, the Day John Tavares became an Islander.
- Former Islander Bill Muckalt has returned to the game as a coach and GM. [The Hockey News]
- Enigmatic (for real, this time) Alex Radulov won't be coming to the Red Wings (or any other NHL team for that matter). [WIIM]
- Kevin Shattenkirk will also not don the Winged Wheel because the Blues asked for Dylan Larkin in a trade and Ken Holland laughed and laughed... [WIIM]
- Two years ago, defenseman Anthony DeAngelo was a first round pick of the Lightning. This weekend, they traded him to the Coyotes for a third round pick. What happened? [TB Times]
- The draft is over and the Oilers still have no defensemen. Will it cost them their first rounder in next year's draft? [Edm. Jour]
- Defenseman Mike Weber calls himself a "puck eater" and writes about his NHL journey in The Players Tribune.
- It's time to name some Hall of Fame nominees, which means the Eric Lindros campaign kicks into high gear again. This argument has now lasted longer than Lindros' career did. I stopped caring a while back. [Sportsnet]