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Islanders News: Four More Years (of Ross); Kovar Comes Over

Also, replenishing the Sound (Tigers).

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NHL: New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils
Four more years!
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Well, Lou may be crazy. We knew this going in, but perhaps not the full extent of it. Guess we gotta take the good with the bad.

Islanders News

  • For example, signing point-per-game Czech center Jan Kovar out of the KHL for only one year is a great move for a team in the position the Islanders are in - if he works out, great! If not, no hard feelings, see you later! [LHH | Newsday]
  • And bringing Chris Bourque, AHL superstar, in to the Bridgeport fold should do wonders toward legitimizing the Sound Tigers. (They also signed an AHL goalie, and re-signed two players from last year.) [LHH | CT Post]
  • But why would anyone ever think that Ross Johnston should get a four-year deal worth $4m million? Yes, it can all be buried in Bridgeport, and to be honest, it seems like a nice favor to a guy they like and want to keep around, but it nonetheless looks silly, and you shouldn’t really be handing out long-term contracts to fourth-liners. [LHH]
  • Still, Lou remains “enthused” and the players are excited - they’re getting chances they may not have with John Tavares still around. [The Athletic]
  • Josh Ho-Sang is already elite at entering the zone with control and at producing shot assists. [LHH Fanpost]
  • Part Two of IslesBlogger’s Media and Player Reaction to the John Tavares departure features descriptions of Tavares as he entered the league, as well as the future of the Islanders.
  • And on that note, an LHH Fanpost request to outlaw the mention of his name.


  • The Rangers and Vitaly Kravstov have agreed to wait one more year before he comes over to North America. [NY Post]
  • Okay, one more mention of Tavares: Down Goes Brown’s Grab Bag features a debate on how we should be coping, as well as P.K. Subban in a one-piece bathing suit. [VICE Sports]
  • Jack Eichel has changed his number from 15 to 9; what is this, a Chicago song? [Die by the Blade]
  • And Alex Ovechkin, ever the giver, shares the Stanley Cup with thousands in Moscow. [NHL]