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Islanders News: The Russian isn’t coming but the Swedish Aho might be

Life in Limbo.

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders
I’m just out here.
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If you’re off today, enjoy the sun. If you’re at work (as I am), enjoy the leftover hot dogs and pie.

Islanders stuff

  • Dom summarizes the Islanders moves (and non-moves) so far this summer as we settle into the dog days. He also uses the phrase, “malaise of perpetuity,” which the Islanders could use as their marketing slogan for this season.
  • And Brett Cyrgalis summarizes where we are with John Tavares, who is on the forefront of the team’s thoughts, even if his signature isn’t on an extension yet.
  • Sounds like the Islanders version of Sebastian Aho will be coming to North America next season (or, at least, not returning to Skelleftea). [Expressen via Google Translate]


  • Turns out Ilya Kovalchuk will stay in the KHL this season, making him a UFA in 2018. Get your checkbooks ready. [AATJ]
  • Bargain signings of the day: David Desharnais signs with the Rangers for one year, $1 million [BSB] | And Nail Yakupov latches on with the Avalanche for pennies. Hey, why not? [MHH]
  • ‘tis Arbitration season and Nino Niederreiter wants to see the Wild in court (he’ll probably sign before the hearing. Everyone does.) []
  • The Hurricanes added yet another Blackhawk, acquiring light-scoring defensive center Marcus Kruger for a fifth rounder from his layover in Vegas. [Canes Country]
  • What is a player the caliber of Matt Duchene actually worth in a trade? Pretty much what you expect. [FanRag]
  • Ray Shero explains how the Devils were able to grab Marcus Johannson because A. they had the cap space and picks to spare and B. they still kinda suck. [The Record]
  • Johansson might be gone, but Andre Burakovsky will stay in Washington on a two-year extension. [Japers]
  • Nobody wins during the offseason like the Dallas Stars. But can that translate into regular (or post-)season success? [PHT]
  • No Alex Radulov is going to be a problem for the Habs. [Sportsnet]
  • Ten years ago, the Sabres essentially let Chris Drury and Danny Briere walk for nothing as UFAs and they’ve been lost ever since. Read this and be mad on behalf of Buffalo fans. [Buffalo News]
  • I didn’t like Shayne Corson as a player, but in hearing his story about dealing with crippling anxiety throughout his playing career, I can definitely sympathize and appreciate his coming forward to help others. [Sun Media]
  • Travis Hamonic loved his time as an Islander, but is ready to bring his community work to Calgary. [NHLPA]