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Islanders News: As the Frans turns; Qualifying Day; Prospects arrive for mini-camp

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"Alright, and final order of business, who's in charge of not 'pulling a Tallon' this year?"
"Alright, and final order of business, who's in charge of not 'pulling a Tallon' this year?"
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The qualifiers are out, the kids are in for camp, and scrimmage is tomorrow. Enjoy your Tuesday.

Islanders Reads

  • Yesterday was the deadline for giving qualifying offers to retain the rights to restricted free agents. Kirill Petrov got an offer. (Unlikely to return, but cost to retaining his rights.) They didn't even bother with a release, but James Wright and Justin Vaive weren't qualified. Included in those notes are Group VI UFAs Mike Halmo and Kevin Czuczcman likely walking. [LHH w/ lots of info from Staple | Soundin' Off]
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday dropped all kinds of latest on Frans Nielsen, Garth Snow's approach to free agents, and the prospect camp which now features Ilya Sorokin. [Newsday]
  • The prospects arrived! To make them feel at home, they got to visit Yankee Stadium, which is a baseball venue not designed for soccer. [Twitter]
  • New majority owner Jon Ledecky will have a Q&A with fans July 14, it seems. [IslesBlog]
  • Former Islander and media cantanker Glenn Healy is one of the casualties of the Sportsnet hockey broadcast shakeup. So is Billy Jaffe. Damien Cox "was removed as a HNIC panelist but given a radio job." [Globe and Mail]

Around the Rest

  • League-wide, here are the names that weren't qualified by the deadline. Some interesting players on the list, some who are clearly useful but at a lower salary in the current cap environment. [NHL Free Agents | Soundin' Off]
  • Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and Pat Quinn were elected to the Hall of Fame. Good thing they waited till after Quinn died, that really proved a point. [NHL]
  • But who SHOULD it have been, eh? [Sportsnet]
  • The Rangers may have an offer sheet problem if someone wants to double-pounce on their RFAs. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Nashville has locked up the "big Swed Forb" for six years, $36 million. [OTF]
  • Andrew Shaw signed a six-year deal ($3.9 million AAV) with the Canadiens, so expect to be annoyed. [HEOTP]
  • Ryan Ellis is a cool dude and his charity golf tournament raises money to redevelop playgrounds in Hamilton. [CBC]