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Islanders News: On Ladd, Barzal, Chipotle, keeping up with the Joneses

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Alright stop, arbitrate and listen.

And we're changing our ways, taking different roads.
And we're changing our ways, taking different roads.
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was arbitration declaration day. No Islanders harmed.

Islanders Reads

  • RFA Jean-Francois Berube was re-signed to a one-year deal. [LHH]
  • That means none of the eligible Isles filed for salary arbitration, but 24 NHLers (and four Rangers) did. [LHH]
  • The Sound Tigers signed four, or perhaps five, if you include both (as implied) Jones twins. [Soundin' Off | Sound Tigers]
  • A collection of stories from prospect mini-camp, in case you missed them on Barzal, Bellows, Sorokin and more. [Isles]
  • The Point Blank podcast takes on the Ladd signing, the Hall/Larsson deal and refusal to trade Travis Hamonic. [SNY]
  • Kyle Okposo's departure shouldn't hurt the chain, because Nick Leddy is, uh, on board with Chipotle. [Twitter] (Also: Whalers basketball jersey?)
  • And speaking of ex-Isles and social media: Michael Grabner endearing himself to the misguided. [Blueshirt Banter]

Other Dudes

  • No but really, good but one-dimensional Adam Larsson was not enough of a return for Taylor Hall. [TSN]
  • David Perron has matured (and produced, and reproduced) since he left the Blues and is excited to go again. [STLtoday]
  • Mike Hoffman filed for salary arbitration, but it's okay man, it's okay. [Silver Seven]
  • NHL.com runs down the five most improved teams in the East, maybe? A couple of curious choices. [NHL]
  • Six teams that have been suspiciously quiet this summer. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Flyers (but really the Phantoms) have signed ol TJ Brennan...and also Dale Weise for four years. [BSH]
  • Remembering Lou Fontinato, One of the All-Time Ranger Heroes [MSG]
  • Coyotes legend Pavel Datsyuk has a bit of red tape to get through before abandoning his NHL contract to sign in the KHL even though both leagues totally respect each others' contracts. [Free Press]
  • In a national tragedy that must be corrected immediately, two top import draft picks (Eeli Tolvanen and Klim Kostin) won't be going to the CHL. [THN]
  • The Marleaus have adopted the Sharks black cat. [Puck Daddy]