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Islanders News: Loving Barzal, arbitrating Nelson, Sound Tiger six

Take a lunch hour to enjoy Barzal. Or think about arbitration. Your choice, really.

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It’s Friday and I’m headed for the Old Country. Meanwhile, this weekend: July 15 is reportedly the day ex-Leaf and Lou hand Mark Hunter can join another team. If you’re thinking things are headed that way, I mean.

Islanders Reading

  • Gentlemen, start your arbitrations: Brock Nelson’s hearing is set for Aug. 3. Normally we’d say “yeah but they never reach a hearing” but it’s a Lou world so maybe? [LHH]
  • You love Mathew Barzal. We love Mathew Barzal. But Spizzwolf spent countless time chronicling the many reasons, in video form, that Barzal is so amazing. [LHH]
  • The most interesting Islanders to watch in a post-Tavares world? [NBC]
  • I know you’re tired of the Tavares Topic, but he posted a “Dear Islanders Faithful” thing, so this is a nice “Dear John” response. [LHH Fanpost] (Let me just say that Mike’s letter struck a chord. With a lot of fans.)
  • And this is an observation about the tone-deaf nature of that initial Players’ Tribune deal. [LHH Fanpost] And here are some final Botta words on the matter. [SNY]
  • By the way, Nelson says it’s time to move on from all that. Or at least the roster guys do. [NHL]
  • Down on the farm, the Sound Tigers locked in six more players. Bridgeport may very well be the more entertaining team this season. (Except: Barzal) [Soundin’ Off | Sound Tigers]
  • Greg Cronin has landed on his feet with Colorado’s new Eagles AHL affiliate. [Mile High Hockey]


  • You are about to hear lots of talk about the next lockout. In theory, it can begin by either side opting out of the current CBA. But that can’t happen for a year, and even if (when) it does, it means it won’t take effect for another year afterward. Also: Gary Bettman is entering the Hall of Fame. [Sportsnet]
  • The Jets signed their Vezina finalist Connor Hellebuyck to a pricey six-year deal. (Some say “smart, goalies are important” others say “NEVER sign goalies to deals like that, goalies are a dime a dozen,” and either argument can be rebutted with “You’ve obviously not followed the Islanders.) [NHL] The argument against signing goalies to big deals: [TSN]
  • Brock Boeser discussed his scary back injury that happened after he checked Cal Clutterbuck and landed in the open Canucks gate. [Sportsnet]
  • Is the Marc Bergevin-Max Pacioretty divorce an ideological one? It’s a theory. [HEOTP]
  • A very careful analysis of the free agent “bargains” left on the market reveals...there ain’t crap out there. [Athletic]
  • Pet peeves, these NHLers have them. [SI]
  • This is mostly about how minor league baseball players are paid with scraps and should try to unionize, but there’s interesting stuff in the final fourth about the minor hockey players union and what it’s achieved. [SB Nation]