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Islanders News: de Haan arbitrates, Aho flees-and-signs

Also, what no Jagr?

NHL: New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
No, not that one.
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Yesterday’s date on the NHL summer calendar was arbitration deadline day. By 5 p.m. all arbitration-eligible players needed to decide whether or not they file.

As explained in the Calvin de Haan post, these days electing for arbitration increasingly means avoiding a hearing — but putting a deadline for both parties on getting a contract done — and also opening up a second buyout window for the club.


  • So yeah, here’s that bit on de Haan electing for arbitration. [LHH | Newsday]
  • Also, Sebastian Aho, the 21-year-old defenseman the Isles drafted last month, terminated his contract in Sweden and signed an entry level deal with the Islanders. [LHH | Isles]
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday ran down the overview of likely factors — arena, team, new bar set by McDavid — around the John Tavares contract non-news. We wait, and we’re just gonna have to live with that. [Newsday]
  • The case for Jaromir Jagr is much better than some cases against Jagr. [LHH Fanpost]
  • The Sound Tigers are offering some VIP “Christmas in July” options for tickets to that Rangers-Isles preseason game in Bridgeport. [BST]
  • A little feature on mini camp attendee Dalton Hunter. [Trib-Democrat]


  • The much-rumored Connor McDavid mega-extension was announced, and it was a little less than the initial reports, which may have been due to McDavid having second thoughts and not wanting to take up that much of the cap. [Copper n David | Puck Daddy | SB Nation]
  • Alex Galchenyuk also filed for arbitration, but he signed a three-year extension with the Canadiens. [HEOTP]
  • Here is a list of all the players who have filed for arbitration. [NHLPA]
  • All of Dynamo Moscow’s players are free agents. [Yahoo]
  • The Caps are close to re-signing backup goalie Philipp Grubauer. [CSN/NBC]
  • Look, man, these big franchise contracts show Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are not the issue with the Hawks. [SCH]
  • The Churchman has found a home with the Penguins. [@DLLiong]
  • Former Blues head coach and longtime Sutter assistant in L.A. Davis Payne has joined Phil Housley’s staff in Buffalo. [NBC]
  • The Wings have work to do in re-signing some of their guys. [WIIM]