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With the NHL Awards Show this past evening, the Draft upcoming, and rumors swirling, no time to dawdle today, folks. Lots of news to ingest.

Islanders News

  • Arthur Staple’s contacts around the league already believe that Barry Trotz has agreed to join the Islanders, but when dealing with Lou, nothing is official until it’s official. [The Athletic]
  • Staple joined the More Sports Now podcast to talk all things Isles. He also personally believes that Trotz will be the next coach of the Islanders. [SoundCloud]
  • Home openers were announced yesterday, and we learned that the Islanders will start the season on Thursday, October 4 at the Hurricanes. Their own home opener will be Saturday the 6th, hosting the Predators at Barclays Center. [Newsday]
  • Mathew Barzal is confident the Isles will do a ‘great job’ as far as hiring a coach and getting John Tavares to stick around. [NHL]
  • He also got a haircut proactively once Lou was hired. Apparently, it was the bearded Nick Leddy and Andrew Ladd that texted him to do it. [Montreal Gazette]

NHL Awards Show

  • Speaking of Barzal, he unsurprisingly secured the Calder Trophy last night as the NHL’s top rookie in a near-unanimous vote. [Newsday]
  • The DevilsTaylor Hall took home the Hart Trophy, and Brian Boyle won the Masterton. [AATJ]
  • Victor Hedman won the Norris Trophy. [Raw Charge]
  • The Vezina Trophy went to Pekka Rinne this year, the Predators’ first major award winner. [On the Forecheck]
  • And of course, Gerard Gallant won the Jack Adams as coach of the year for his work with the expansion Golden Knights. [Knights on Ice]
  • Check out all the NHL’s awards coverage, including a cool feature on Boyle.
  • The Humboldt Broncos reunited at the NHL Awards Show to make a donation in their late coach’s name. [PHT]

Other League News

  • Gary Bettman calls the Ottawa Senators’ ills “sensationalized” and says the NHL doesn’t need to step in. [ESPN]
  • Norris nominee P.K. Subban, the subject of trade rumors again, wants to remain with Nashville. [ESPN]
  • Fellow Predator Austin Watson was arrested and charged with domestic assault. [Tennessean]
  • Wayne Simmonds is the latest big name to hit the potential trade market. [Sportsnet]
  • The Bruins are looking to dump David Backes, who was a big name in the past, but is no longer, and has a shitty contract. [98.5 Boston]
  • Extremely kind of the Dallas Stars blog to create a Visitor’s Guide for this weekend’s draft, in case you would like to attend. [Defending Big D]
  • The next coach of the Islanders will not be Darryl Sutter. He won’t be anyone’s coach anymore. He’s a rancher! [Sportsnet]
  • Jamie McLennan was named a co-host of the 2018 Special Olympics Festival. [Journal Pioneer]