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Islanders News: Rivals in the trade market

Trade, contract news heating up around the league

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NHL Awards? Yeah, I’m famliar with ‘em...
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A little later today, I’ll have a post on my impressions from seeing the Stanley Cup celebrations from a pretty close vantage point. Feel free to skip that — I had to get it off my chest — or use it to imagine when that silver chalice will return to Long Island, one of its rightful homes.

Islanders News

  • At this weekend’s draft, which first- or second-round projections might fit the Islanders? [Athletic]
  • The Islanders have some award candidates at tomorrow night’s show in Vegas. Alex Trebek and John Hamm will present and stuff. [NHL]
  • Here’s a look at some past Islanders who won those awards. [Isles]
  • The Worcester Railers have re-signed Barry Almeida. [Railers]


  • The Sharks re-signed Erik Karlsson after all, to a max-eight-year deal. [Fear the Fin]
  • Following on yesterday’s rumor (which weirdly involved the Isles), the Smurfs have acquired Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in Friday’s draft (which they originally owned before trading it for Kevin Hayes). Looking forward to the Broadway faithful turning on Trouba. [NHL | TSN]
  • At long last, just as he’d finally found a role again the Flyers have bought out Andrew MacDonald. [BSH]
  • Jim Rutherford comes out and admits Phil Kessel vetoed a trade. You’re not gonna change his mind, dude. [NHL]
  • The Blues front office was patient with this group — just barely —but had good reason to be so. [TSN]
  • The Bruins embrace healthy scratched David Backes as “an important part of our team,” which is the kiss of death, surely. [NHL]
  • Don’t take my word for it (okay do, actually, but later): The Cup was a bigger-than-normal deal for the Blues and St. Louis. [Athletic]
  • As reported yesterday, the Ducks did indeed name Dallas Eakins head coach. [NHL]
  • The Americans are about to have a major showing in the first round of the draft. [TSN]
  • The draft also offers the new Oilers regime a chance to show they’re not the same as the old boss. [Sportsnet]
  • Anthony Duclair finds some stability with a one-year extension in Ottawa. [NHL]