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Islanders News: Isle Seat; Swedish Stape; Matt Martin, glueboy

Also, Phil Kessel may be on the market, while the Russians want to be able to represent their country.

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Old friends have a chat.
Old friends have a chat.
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This humidity is pretty unbearable. My thighs have never been so stuck together.

Islanders News

  • Here it is: the pilot episode of Brian Compton and Mike Carver's new podcast, Isle Seat.
  • Arthur Staple does an interview for New York Islanders Sweden, which is cool because it was originally published in Swedish - I personally cannot speak Swedish, so the English version is very necessary for me, a reader.
  • Down Goes Brown examines the likelihood of certain players being one-team players, and John Tavares is his final entry.

Other Newsy Type Things

  • The Hurricanes locked up young defender Jaccob Slavin with a 7-year extension that kicks in for the 2018-19 season. Wise choice, and a low AAV. [SBN | Canes Country]
  • The Canadiens have reportedly offered a contract to their old friend (and ours!) Mark Streit, asking him to return. Unclear if they want to use him as a defenseman or a forward. [EOTP | NBCSN]
  • Brian Gionta says it is unlikely that he returns to the Sabres this season. I'm sure both sides are just devastated. [Sportsnet]
  • All About the Lou's and Ray's says that Cory Schneider will be a liability to the Devils sooner or later, which is true, but not impending, I don't think.
  • Phil Kessel has found himself in trade rumors again, but they are baseless and therefore pointless at this time. If he is available, I hope Garth is banging down the door of Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.
  • Rick Tocchet supposedly has the blueprint on how to improve his young team. I'm a bit more dubious.
  • Phew! Thank God we confirmed the Lightning have hired Karl Goehring for goalie coach. The suspense was killing me! [Raw Charge]
  • Other old friend Ted Nolan has switched his allegiances again, now taking over the Polish national team.
  • See who Sportsnet is calling the three biggest losers of the offseason thus far. I promise it isn't us.
  • This article about the glory of Matt Martin is nice and all, but anyone that looks at the current iteration (or last season's) of the Islanders and says "hmmm, this team needed Matt Martin" ain't too bright.
  • The NHL's decision to skip the Olympics is causing some to leave the league. I'd argue it is also keeping some younger ones away entirely, such as our own Ilya Sorokin or the Wild's Kirill Kaprizov. [SBN]