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Islanders News: Carkner retirement, Parenteau return, center Strome, King hog

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This is how it all went down.

Figuring out Ryan Strome
Figuring out Ryan Strome
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Some late-week reads from here and there...

Brooklyn

  • Arthur Staple with a ton of observations on the Islanders offseason (UFA shopping is done), Garth Snow's rationale on free agency and a potential Hall trade, and more. [Newsday]
  • Garth Snow was on SiriusXM and said a few things [mp3], like considering Ryan Strome better as a center. [LHH (updated with audio link and full quote on Strome)]
  • P.A. Parenteau is excited to be an Islander (again), fulfilling his destiny. [Isles]
  • Matt Carkner is excited to call it a career. [Isles]
  • Derek King is excited to be an IceHog, an assistant coach for the Hawks' AHL affiliate. [IceHogs]
  • Kyle Okposo is excited to be a Sabre. [NHL]
  • Sabres fans shouldn't be too worried about Okposo's long-term prospects, but they should expect a dip in production away from John Tavares, as indicated by his splits with and without the Isles captain. [TSN]
  • Wings fans talk to Dan about what Frans Nielsen can bring, then examine his intelligent play gif by gif. [WIIM]
  • Angry about a player move but not sure how to safely burn your team's jersey? Che Weber has a grill for that. [LHH Zeitgeist]
  • Here's a new podcast, this from Islanders Insight, where they talk news and with Chris King. [Islanders Insight]

That feeling when you're excited to be in Buffalo and then you remember their jersey still somehow has that awful white piping:

Beyond

  • Kyle Palmieri Re-Signs with New Jersey Devils for 5-year, $23.25m [All About The Jersey]
  • Mathiew Perreault extends with the Jets for four more years. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • An assortment of rules (icing, jersey home/away) and alignment news from the AHL annual meetings. [AHL | Soundin' Off]
  • A cool read on what it took to build advanced stat sites like the defunct War on Ice and the current Corsica, with one more delicious knock on nhl.com's stat mess. [Vice]
  • Great interview with Andrew Shaw on his trade to Montreal, what he'll miss in Chicago, and which Blackhawks he'll make sure to run. [Athletic]
  • Are the Oilers done adding to their defense? [Puck Daddy]
  • The eternal debate of hockey's "elite." [Today's Slap Shot]
  • As depicted in a CHL class action player lawsuit, junior hockey is broken and might be unable to be fixed. [Fear the Fin]