No intro necessary for all this news. Also, I used the word "also" very frequently. I'm tired, and also, there's a lot of news. Sorry. Also, I'm not.
- One of the bigger stories of the day was Elliotte Friedman getting on the radio and announcing that the Islanders will most likely not trade John Tavares, even if he doesn't sign on July 1. I think this is the right call, personally. Would suck to let him walk for nothing, though. [FanRag Sports]
- Of course, if he doesn't sign on July 1, we'll have to listen to this shit for the next year, so be prepared. I didn't even know Damien Cox wrote anymore. [The Star] Dan has, of course, added it to the list.
- Also, Isles Mini Camp is this week. Check out the roster, which includes the names of the Big 4 forward "prospects," even though Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Ho-Sang aren't really prospects anymore. Ryan Pulock does not appear to be attending, which is probably fine. Right? Right. [Islanders | LHH]
- Also ALSO, the Islanders announced who and who was not extended a qualifying offer as an RFA. Bon soir, Loic Leduc. [LHH] (You can also see who the rest of the league is keeping around - Nail Yakupov will be an unrestricted free agent whom I'd take a flyer on.)
- Michael Fornabaio stops by to discuss Mini Camp and nontenders in the context of Bridgeport's roster. [Soundin' Off]
- Bob McKenzie and Friedman discussed the Matt Duchene situation and how his trade is now something of a necessity, indicating Duchene may not return to Colorado should he not be traded by the Avalanche, or at least not return happily. This helps the price go down for us. [FanRag]
- The pressure is still on Garth Snow to get it all done, though. The Isles still need help going into next season.
The Hamonic Section of the Paper
- Travis Hamonic is going to miss New York and we Islander fans. We're gonna miss you too, buddy. Good luck in Calgary. A place nicknamed "Cowtown" would be perfect for a self-described farm boy, I'd think. [Newsday]
- Speaking of which, are the Maple Leafs still in a good spot, despite losing out on Hamonic? [PPP]
- Darren Dreger and Friedman discussed the aftermath of the deal, speculating that Garth Snow did, in fact, prefer Hamonic out west and it seemed that Hamonic did as well. Also, the offer of James van Riemsdyk and a 2018 first-round pick from the Leafs doesn't appear to be as solid as originally reported. [FanRag]
- The Dallas Stars acquired Marc Methot from the Golden Knights for a second-round pick and a goalie prospect. Not entirely sure why Methot is so highly regarded around the league, but here we are. Playing a lot with Erik Karlsson makes you look good, evidently. [Defending Big D]
- The Golden Knights, despite trading Methot, as well as David Schlemko and Trevor van Riemsdyk, still have a lot of players to find new homes. One of them, however, is not Mikhail Grabovski, like this article says. He will probably not be playing again. [National Post]
- The Stars also waived unconditionally Antti Niemi; if nobody picks him up (and they won't) he'll be bought out, ending the brief three-headed goalie monster in Dallas. [Defending Big D | NHL.com]
- Defending Big D also makes the case for signing Sam Gagner, who I would also like at the right price.
- The next Hockey Hall of Fame class was announced, and Dave Andreychuk finally made it, along with Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, and Mark Recchi. [NHL.com]
- Follow Selanne and Kariya's path to the Hall. Pretty cool that they're going in together. [Anaheim Ducks]
- Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are receiving interest around the league as potential UFAs. Also, water is wet. [Fear the Fin]
- T.J. Oshie will not be hitting the market this summer, having re-signed with the Capitals. Oooooh boy, that's a lot of term for a 30-year old. Think we know something about that. [Japers Rink]
- The Caps also retained Brett Connolly with a two-year deal. [SBN]
- The Blackhawks, having undergone quite the facelift in the last week or so, reportedly has interest in Karl Alzner. Hmm, Chicago's heel turn from being okay and wanting to be better, to thinking they're getting better while getting markedly worse, is absolutely fascinating to me, an uninvested observer. I hope they give Alzner seven years to solidify that spiral. [SCH]
- Have a peek at the league's bye weeks for this season. I was going to poke fun at the NHL for having all three New York Metro-area teams off at the same time, but it looks like the whole league is clustered around two or three weeks in January. [NHL.com]
- Marc-Andre Fleury says thank you and goodbye to his fans and friends in Pittsburgh. Also, thanks for the extra Stanley Cup in my back pocket, Penguins. [The Players Tribune]