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Islanders News: Free agency eve, let’s go Blues, Ho-Sang n’ Gomez

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Team Blue wins the prospect scrimmage behind Josh Ho-Sang, but of course a bigger event looms.

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Finding common place with a former Devil.
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Free agency begins Saturday -- or, at least the period where teams can officially sign other team’s unrestricted free agents does, after this week’s flirtation window. The Isles, with a full roster and possibly still holding out hope for Matt Duchene to fall from the sky, are not expected to be active.

But there are always exceptions...

Islanders Reads

  • No but really, the Isles aren’t expected to be in on the major players out there. Expect Williams’ term to be nice but salary to be too pricey for the Isles’ cap. [Newsday]
  • The Islanders’ prospect scrimmage series was streamed live last night as well as watched by a packed house at Northwell Health Ice Center. Josh Ho-Sang’s Blue Team led the way with two wins in the three-team, round-robin tournament. [Isles with videos | Photos | LHH game thread]
  • That Ho-Sang? He already loves new assistant coach Scott Gomez, who sees eye-to-eye with him and is trying to expand his vision. [Isles]
  • Ho-Sang has grown, and the Isles know he will continue to. [Yahoo | The Score]
  • Dan’s opus Tavares free agency encyclopedia added another couple of entries, thanks to a Down Goes Brown mention and more musings from our favorite Columbus dart-thrower. [LHH]
  • How Connor McDavid’s reported (and massive) contract extension could affect the Islanders’ efforts to sign Tavares. [NY Post]
  • Calvin de Haan talked and goofed for the Obstructed View podcast. [iTunes]
  • Not overtly Isles-related, but since we’re all watching Duchene: Bob McKenzie says Joe Sakic must be feeling the pressure. [FanRag]

Elsewhere

  • Goaltender Eddie Lack, disparaged by his own coach in Carolina, was traded along with bust-ish blueliner Ryan Murphy to the Flames for cap clearance. [NHL | Canes Country | M&G]
  • Calgary also re-signed Kris Versteeg on a one-year deal at a sub-Chimera (and sub-Brouwer) rate. [M&G]
  • Unfortunately for us, the Flyers appear set to make a good move in goal by bringing in Brian Elliott in place of Steve Mason. [BSH]
  • The Flyers also kept Jordan Weal on a two-year deal, after he spent the last week flirting with others. [BSH]
  • This could be agent PR, or it could be real, but it sounds like Joe Thornton isn’t staying with the Sharks if they don’t also keep Patrik Marleau. [CSN]
  • This is from before they initiated a buyout of Benoit Pouliet, but could the Oilers roster really be set? [C&B]
  • The Blue Jackets are buying out Scott Hartnell. [The Cannon]
  • Elliotte Friedman with rumblings on who could be headed where as the window looms. [Sportsnet]
  • Among them, hints that Anders Nilsson will head to Vancouver. [NBC]
  • Keep up with all the trades to come at the NHL’s trade tracker. [NHL]
  • Remembering beloved Oilers enforcer Dave Semenko: [A witty gentleman (Sportsnet) | C&B | Coffey | Messier]
  • Brent Thompson’s other son is in camp with the Smurfs. We’ll allow it. [CT Post]
  • Witch hunt? Again? Somehow the players association with the most chill, laid-back players always ends up having the biggest high school drama. [TSN]