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Islanders News: Bellows, wayward free agent D and the expansion draft

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So much to say, so much to say.

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Come on, man. It's Saturday in late July. There is no Islanders news.

Sort of Islanders-Related

  • Lots of nice talent at U.S. juniors evaluation camp, including Bellows. [NHL]
  • The Leafs are JUST FINE WITHOUT LOCAL STARS the media wants to bring home, thanks! "John Tavares won’t be coming to Toronto? Fine, whatever" [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • George McPhee discusses what teams might leave for Vegas in the expansion draft, and ESPN suggests Jason Chimera and Michael Grabner are perfect targets. [ESPN]
  • Potentially overlooked free agent defensemen include former Isles properties Marek Zidlicky (hee), James Wisniewski (teehee) and Christian Ehrhoff (sucker!). [NHL]

Not remotely Islanders-Related

  • Did someone say Friday Night Party Time? It's an analytics roundtable! (But seriously, it's 10,000 words but there are good nuggets. Check the "you have 45 minutes to evaluate a player you've never seen" question, for example. Panel includes TSN's Scott Cullen plus that guy who opposed the Subban trade and paid for it. [NHL Numbers]
  • Martin Marincin re-signed with the Leafs for a couple of years, pretty cheap. [Ren Lavoie]
  • Matt Dumba signed a two-year bridge deal, also kind of cheap. Not bad for a dumba! [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Murray Craven is the man of all trades in Vegas. [Puck Daddy]
  • In the tradition of Connor McDavid and every other key player on teams with now-departed skippers, Alex Pietrangelo is totally ready to be Blues captain, should the question arise, anyway. [NHL]
  • If you're not tearing up after reading this Bobby Ryan testimonial to his late mother then you probably are a Smurfs fan. [Players' Trib]
  • Did NHL teams suck the joy out of 3-on-3? (And by "teams" you mean "coaches"? And by "joy" you mean...?) [Puck Daddy]
  • Down Goes Brown revisits 1993 again because Montreal made as silly a video/song (think: Vanilla Ice) as Boston did with it's Moog, Moog, Moog Madonna deal. [Vice]