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Islanders News: Frans Festival; Tavares Pre-Order; Dal Colle preps; Happy Campers

There is no offseason.

Yes. This.
Yes. This.
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Islanders readings

  • As expected, Dom's tribute to Frans Nielsen is required reading and nails exactly what made the underappreciated Dane so great.
  • Meanwhile, special guest Keith and I talked about the new guys as Mike searches for meaning in a Frans-less world. [Islanders Anxiety]
  • Eyes on Isles pens a heartfelt letter to Kyle Okposo, who made fans everywhere.
  • On his SIRIUSXM NHL interview, Garth Snow said he plans on starting negotiations with John Tavares on a contract extension next summer. Smart idea. [Daily News | IPB]
  • I talked to the always fun Arctic Ice Hockey guys on one of their podcasts about Andrew Ladd and the newest Winnipeg Jet, Brian Strait.
  • A trio of Junior Islanders got to participate in last week's prospect camp. Nice work, kids. []
  • One of those kids was 20-year-old Jack Riley, a 6-3, 200 pound forward from the same hometown as the man who invited him to camp, Garth Snow. [Sun Chronicle]
  • Michael Dal Colle is ready to turn the page and take on his biggest offseason yet. []
  • previews the Metro Division on July 8th because why not.
  • Russian Machine bids a fond farewell to Jason Chimera, the man known as the "Ice Cheetah."
  • Super good guy Shane Prince stops by a kids hospital to brighten some days.

  • (Shane, dude, you might want to change the number in that Twitter handle one of these days)

News of Note

  • Mark Scheifele chooses to stay in Winnipeg for the next eight years at a quality price. [AIH]
  • And Nathan MacKinnon re-ups for seven years in Colorado. [MHH]
  • The Leafs' Jonathan Bernier era comes to an end, with the goalie shipped off to Anaheim for a conditional pick. [ | Toronto didn't trade Bernier for Frederik Andersen because of the former's signing bonus, per PPP]
  • Vladimir Sobotka could return to St. Louis from his KHL sojourn. [St.L GT]
  • But this is official: Pavel Datsyuk is a KHLer now, signing with CKA. [WIIM]
  • The P.K. Subban trade made kids at Montreal Children's Hospital cry. Jesus Christ. [Montreal Gazette]