It’s been a long week. Here are some links.
- Jenny had all of the draft picks covered all day yesterday. Here’s a one-page round-up of all of the individual posts across the front page.
- Also, draft summaries by: Newsday | NY Post | Soundin’ Off | Islanders | Social Media Snaps by the team]
- Robin Salo is a two-way defensemen who describes himself as a Niklas Hjalmarsson type. Nice. [Islanders]
- Meanwhile, Sebastian Aho was watching a movie with a friend because after not being drafted three times he figured, “why bother?” Via Google Translate: “It feels awesome, shit fun, he says.” [expressen.se. Thanks to Patrik for sending it over]
- Yesterday was also the day Travis Hamonic’s Islanders tenure came to an end. Gonna be weird seeing him play with a new team. [LHH | Newsday | Calgary Sun | an ecstatic Hamonic is thrilled to join the Flames]
The Newsday article above contains information about possible Hamonic deals with the Avalanche and Maple Leafs, as well as Matt Duchene’s agent Pat Brisson being pissed that his client hasn’t been moved yet.
Snow had an offer out to the Avalanche with Hamonic and the team’s 2018 first-round pick as part of a package for Matt Duchene while at the same time shopping Hamonic to defense-hungry teams like the Flames and Leafs for an asking price of two first-round picks. Those were two very different paths Snow was staring down.
Avs GM Joe Sakic balked at a Duchene move, as he has for months. The Flames and Leafs balked at Snow’s asking price as Friday night’s first round unfolded, with Toronto reportedly offering a package that included forward James van Riemsdyk and a 2018 first.
But Snow went exclusively with futures to keep that cap space open — the Isles have roughly $9 million in space right now with restricted free agent Calvin de Haan needing a new deal — and keep the Isles’ options open should Duchene not be moved elsewhere.
Two league sources said Pat Brisson, Duchene’s agent (also the agent for John Tavares), is seriously unhappy with Sakic’s foot-dragging on a deal. That could lead to a reduced price tag later on should Snow still be interested.
Steve Simmons says Snow valued Calgary’s picks more he did than van Riemsdyk, and preferred to have Hamonic in the Western Conference. But I wonder if things would be different if van Riemsdyk had two seasons left on his deal instead of one (and if he didn’t have a modified NTC as Francesca and others have mentioned). Also, how does he feel now knowing the Leafs tried to trade his ass?
If Brisson can put the screws to Sakic and help move Duchene to the Islanders, then it really would be like having him as a member of the front office. C’mon, Pat. Do us a favor.
- The Maven on what Jordan Eberle’s acquisition means for the Islanders. [MSG Networks]
- All of the picks from both days of the draft. Every one’s either a Hall of Famer or a complete bust. [SBN]