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Islanders News: Barzalbasaur; Lafranchise opportunity; A wild Zibanejad appears!

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Islanders linkage

  • Shannon Hogan blogs about her interactions with and impressions of Jon Ledecky. [MSG]
  • Lots of Islanders are on one-way contracts, which could mean some tough decisions. [Eyes on Isles]
  • The franchise is in a different place today than it was just five years ago, thanks to Charles Wang. [Eyes]
  • The Lightning and Islanders have different needs and cap spaces, making a trade between them tricky if not impossible. [IPB]
  • More about the fat contracts for Jamie Benn, John Tavares and... Brad Marchand? [Lambert at PD]
  • The eventual decision on where Mathew Barzal plays impacts not just the Islanders but also the Seattle Thunderbirds in a huge way. [My Northwest]
  • The Sound Tigers inked three players to AHL deals: Connor Jones, Patrick Cullity and the one-and-only most awesomely named Kane Lafranchise. [BST]

Other stuff

  • We have a trade to announce: The Rangers sent Derick Brassard (and a 7th rounder) to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad (and a second), which is either a coup for Ottawa, a steal for New York or a total wash. [NY Post | BSB | SSS]
  • Stanley Cup of Chowder previews the Metro Division using old school pressure meters.
  • Signing with Detroit means Frans Nielsen now gets some automotive puns of his own. [NHLPA]
  • A deep look inside a Standard NHL Player Contract, which has more loops than all the roller coasters at all Six Flags parks put together. [PPP]
  • Speaking of weird contracts, the Leafs will only get a pick from the Ducks for Jonathan Bernier if some very specific conditions are met. [Sportsnet]
  • No, really: P.K. Subban and Nashville are already making hits together. [Puck Daddy]
  • Not Hockey: There are wild Pokemon all over the Yankees' clubhouse. [Newsday]