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July 4 Hockey News: Lockout-protected contracts, debating Frans

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It's Independence Day in the U.S., but there is no festive free agency kickoff to celebrate it.

You guys are now totally lockout-protected!
You guys are now totally lockout-protected!
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Greetings, dear reader. It's a big holiday in the U.S. May all of your digits remain intact.

Islanders Reads

  • Yes, Andrew Ladd's contract is not only front-loaded but (signing) bonus-heavy, which essentially makes it pretty immune to the next lockout. [Post]
  • (So is Milan Lucic's, and several others). [Edmonton Journal]
  • Dan had several thoughts (22 is a golden number) thoughts on the free agency aftermath, but you may also ignore them and rehash the same old fights. [LHH]
  • Reading this early? Between diaper changes, Arthur Staple is on SiriusXM at 8:45 a.m this morning. [@StapeNewsday]
  • But either way, here Staple is discussing the offseason moves on local TV. [News12]
  • Questions and questions and stuff with the Isles' moves. [Post]
  • Frans Nielsen should address some Red Wings' needs. [Detroit News]
  • And yet he's more of the same, which is not good enough. (But then, ain't that the issue with UFA? The stars aren't out there.) [Windsor Star]
  • Like Carl Hagelin before him, Michael Grabner is no finisher but his speed and PK work should help the Rangers. [Post]
  • More on that Coliseum Rebirth backyard. [NY Isles Blog]
  • Congrats to newlywed Aaron Ness. [Twitter]
  • Former Sound Tiger (and one-game Isles scapegoat) Taylor Beck signs with the Oilers. [Twitter]
  • A look at the Metro's performance in free agency. [All About the Jersey]

Elsewhere

  • Dealing with the possibility the Oilers both made themselves better and yet are still stupid. [Copper & Blue]
  • Meanwhile, similar discontent in Montreal. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • That was quick: Patrik Laine has already signed his ELC with the Jets. [AIH]
  • It's weird that the trade of P.K. Subban appeared to be some sort of "chemistry over talent" move, yet then over here you have them signing Alexander Radulov. [NHL]