The free agency speaking period is exhausting because I’m constantly scrolling Twitter looking for answers that won’t be there for certain until Monday at 12 noon ET. Make time go faster!
- LISTEN: Newsday beat writer Andrew Gross joins the Isle Seat Podcast to discuss where things are at with Anders Lee and Robin Lehner and to discuss who else the Isles might be after during this talking week.
Sounds like they’re still in on Lee, but the competition has grown:
Among the teams that reached out to Anders Lee, sounds like the Islanders, Blackhawks, Wild and Avs are in the hunt.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 27, 2019
- In his last 31 Thoughts of the season, Elliotte Friedman says that it seems like a foregone conclusion that Sergei Bobrovsky ends up in Florida, but that Artemi Panarin is still choosing between the Panthers, Rangers, and Islanders. He also mentions the Isles as an offer sheet possibility in his introduction. [Sportsnet]
13. Can’t imagine anyone is watching Sergei Bobrovsky’s next contract more closely than Tampa Bay — wondering how that will affect Andrei Vasilevskiy, who will be a restricted free agent next summer. All eyes are on Florida for Bobrovsky. As for Panarin, it looks like the Panthers, Islanders and Rangers. There’s curiosity about Lou Lamoriello and the Islanders. The fact they haven’t extended Lee and Robin Lehner has everyone wondering what they’re up to.
—Elliotte Friedman, 31 Thoughts
- Noah Dobson is developing his game this week with the goal of making the Islanders keep him around the big club this fall. [Islanders]
- Oliver Wahlstrom is ready to turn pro this season, likely ticketed for AHL Bridgeport — he says college wasn’t for him, and that he’d rather be on the ice than writing papers. [Islanders]
- Legendary goalie and brief Islander (sadface) Roberto Luongo announced his retirement yesterday with an excellent open letter to the fans. [Panthers]
- Upon his announcement, The Athletic’s writers that have had experience covering him came together to discuss their favorite Luongo moments. Sounds like he’s a pretty good dude. [The Athletic]
- TRADE: Late in the evening, the Golden Knights swung a deal with the Hurricanes in an effort to get themselves back under the salary cap. They sent forward Erik Haula to Carolina for the paltry price of forward prospect Nicolas Roy and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2021. [NHL]
- After making Craig Berube the official coach of the Blues, Doug Armstrong spoke about the importance of what Berube was able to do for this team after taking over in November. [The Athletic]
- Vaclav Nedomansky, who was just selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, has a documentary coming out about him. It details his defection from Czechoslovakia to play in the NHL, the first player to defect a communist country to come to the NHL. It’s called BIG NED. [ESPN | Official Trailer]