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Also, Lee isn’t out of the question, still.

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Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders
Spizz— err... Aho, tries to defend against a future Islander, we hope.
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The unrestricted free agency speaking period is in swing and news is starting to filter out about who is taking meetings and with they’re taking them. The restricted free agency speaking period, otherwise known as The Mitch Marner Variety Hour, begins tomorrow.

Islanders News

Our top story this morning is that it has been confirmed that the Islanders will get their meeting with Artemi Panarin, and that they’re going to push really hard to make it happen. Also, Anders Lee will meet with the Blackhawks, among others probably, and that Lee and Panarin both being Islanders next season isn’t out of the realm of possibility. [LHH]

  • On the newest Islanders Anxiety, Dan & Mike go over the NHL Awards and the “underwhelming” draft the Islanders had, as well as what to expect from free agency. [LHH]
  • Dom Luszczyszyn uses math and words to break down the free agents that are now available to speak to other teams. Of Anders Lee, he shares our concerns long-term. Of Robin Lehner, he expects some regression but leaves it open to interpretation, as models don’t account for lifestyle changes like Lehner’s. [The Athletic]
  • The Islanders broadcast team’s own Jennifer Botterill is featured in this list of seven woman hockey players that should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. [The Ice Garden] And in that vein, the Ice Garden suggests a couple ways to bring the Hockey Hall of Fame voting process into the 21st century, as well. [The Ice Garden]

Beyond Long Island

  • There were a couple trades yesterday. The Hurricanes sent former Islander Calvin de Haan, who just signed a four-year deal with Carolina last summer, to the Blackhawks, along with forward prospect Aleksi Saarela, for goalie Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling. The ‘Canes get cap space and goalie insurance while the ‘Hawks continue to remake their defense. [Canes Country]
  • And, in a one-for-one forward swap, the Flyers sent Ryan Hartman to the Stars for Tyler Pitlick. I think this is the fourth team Hartman’s been traded to in like the last 18 months or so. [NHL]
  • The de Haan trade puts the Hurricanes down a set path that they need to follow to a T or they’re in deep trouble. Basically, now they need to extend Justin Faulk. [Canes Country]
  • The Blue Jackets aren’t too worried about losing key free agents. They’ve pretty much known it was going to happen all year. [NHL]
  • That the Canucks appear willing to give Tyler Myers close to $7-8 million over 7 years if he wants to go home is overshadowing the acquisition of J.T. Miller. [Sportsnet]
  • In which Larry Brooks debates the merits of signing Artemi Panarin over Chris Kreider, in a debate that covers a lot of situational factors. [NY Post]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk is motivated to make this season better than last season and contribute to the Rangers in a positive way. [NHL]
  • The Capitals are poised and motivated to make a run at another Stanley Cup next season. [NHL]
  • Patrick Marleau believes he can play beyond next season. Not even sure he should be playing this upcoming one, to be honest. [NHL]
  • Based on what it cost to move Marleau’s contract, the David Backes contract seems “impossible to move.” [The Athletic]