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Islanders News: Blue and White Scrimmage a Success Yet Again

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Also, we may or may not see an offer sheet, just like anything could or couldn’t happen.

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New York Islanders v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Three
If this is goodbye, fare thee well, Robin.
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All this rumor talk is exhausting, but it’s also super exciting. So it’s tough to say whether it’s good. Anyway folks, I’ll be out of the country for a couple weeks, but I’ll be checking in here and there, hopefully for good news. I’ll be back soon!

In the meantime:

Islanders News

  • According to Arthur Staple, it appears that the Islanders and Robin Lehner are far enough apart in contract talks to assume he won’t be back, but every other report leading up to this from other sources seemed to indicate that the framework of a deal is in place or close to it, so who knows who’s right. [The Athletic]
  • Nick Kypreos says that it’s not likely (but possible!) that the Islanders and Lou Lamoriello go after Mitch Marner with an offer sheet. [Sportsnet]
  • VIDEO: Check out some scenes from Day 3 of Development Camp, where the excitement for the Blue and White Scrimmage is palpable. [Islanders]
  • Speaking of which, the scrimmage was last night. Noah Dobson scored a pretty goal, Oliver Wahlstrom and Bode Wilde looked good. [Islanders]
  • But undrafted Syosset native Sam Sternschein stole the show last night. [Newsday]
  • Isles goalie prospect Linus Soderstrom has battled injuries throughout much of his young career and getting healthy is his main priority right now. He’ll be doing it in North America this season. [Newsday]
  • Islanders co-owner and frontman Jon Ledecky expects to break ground on Belmont this summer. Empire State Development is waiting on the final environmental impact statement, expected out by the end of the second quarter, which is Sunday. [Newsday]
  • Ledecky is also a Mets fan, and fondly remembers the summer of ‘69. [Newsday]

Elsewhere

  • Let’s go back to a time when players actually signed offer sheets as restricted free agents. Sergei Fedorov, Joe Sakic, both guys could have had vastly different legacies. [PHT]
  • And while we’re talking about contracts, here are the worst ones handed out just last summer, ones that the buyers may already regret. [THN]
  • And before we move on, here are five free agents who should be signed with caution. [THN]
  • Joel Quenneville sat down for a Q&A phone call with one of his former beat writers, Mark Lazerus, about his firing from the Blackhawks and his legacy there. [The Athletic]
  • A fond farewell to the Strombone, Roberto Luongo. [The Ringer]
  • Speaking of goalies going away, should the Blues trade Jake Allen? [SLGT]
  • The Seattle team is eyeing Palm Springs for its AHL affiliate. I’m sure the minor league players wouldn’t mind the locale. [NHL]
  • The Stars may have re-signed Roman Polak, but it should be an issue for their aspirations. [Defending Big D]
  • The 2019 NHL Draft can be seen as something of a paradigm shift as it reflects the league’s direction toward speed and skill. [The Athletic]
  • Here are ten of the marquee matchups to look forward to this season, including P.K. Subban’s return to Nashville. [THN]