It’s officially open season on NHL free agents, but most of the “best” ones (using that term loosely here) are already gone. So it’s time to enjoy the summer.
A new Islanders Anxiety is coming your way this morning, as Mike and I talk about yesterday’s moves and how a now very rich defenseman blocked him on Twitter.
- Say hello to your new (uh, sorta) Islanders. All are bound for Bridgeport, most likely. Ex-Devil Seth Helgeson | Ex-Lightning Kristers Gudlevskis | Ex-Thunderbird Scott Eansor.
- Meanwhile, Kane Lafranchise (that name!) will stick with the organization on a two-way deal. [Islanders | BST | CT Post on the man getting his first NHL contract]
- Meanwhile, Matt Duchene remains in Colorado and Joe Sakic continues to drive the NHL crazy. But maybe he’s doing the right thing, despite our frustrations. [LHH]
- So what does the lack of movement mean for the Islanders? It means the young forwards have their work cut out for them. [Newsday]
- Some young defensemen will have to wait their turn, but they got a good look at mini-camp this week. [Islanders]
Further Readings and Round-ups
- Dom collected most of the moves from yesterday here. Lots of movement but without a lot of difference makers. And here’s the big list, via SBN.
- So who are the difference makers? Here are a few. [NHL.com]
- In accordance with the prophecies, Kevin Shattenkirk is finally a New York Ranger. Which is a bitter pill to swallow for the team across the river that tried to sign him. [NY Post. Contains Islanders stuff, too.]
- The Devils did sign a pair of ex-Islanders: Bracken Kearns and one Brian Strait. Oh. Yeah.
- And congrats to new Chicago Blackhawk, Jean-Francois Berube. [NHL.com]
- Vegas was busy signing free agents and trading old man Alexei Emelin to Nashville for a third rounder. [Golden Knights]
- Daniel Alfredsson is stepping away from the Senators front office to spend more time with his family. [Senators]
- Supposedly, Alexander Radulov is deciding between staying in Montreal or joining Dallas. So the Stars’ Jamie Benn and the Habs’ Jordie Benn waged war for the talented winger’s services... over bubble hockey. [SBN]