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Islanders News: We can talk about Belmont or offer sheet pipe dreams

Both have obstacles, one is far more likely to succeed.

NHL: FEB 26 Flames at Islanders
Not a chance, but still fun to ponder.
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The NHLPA announced the list of players who had filed for salary arbitration, and none of them were New York Islanders.

Of course, none of the Islanders’ RFAs were arbitration-eligible, so this was not exactly news.

Next summer though: Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews will both be arbitration-eligible. So put that in your offer sheet pipe dream and smoke it.

Islanders Reading

  • Stan Fischler again remembers the 15-game win streak. [Isles Maven Memories]
  • Newsday re-iterates the expectation of some good Belmont arena/LIRR station news Monday. [Newsday]
  • Damn it though: Today is Milbury’s anniversary. [NHL]
  • Feels like I should stop repeating this, but still: I can’t see a way where an Islanders offer sheet to Mitch Marner is both a) unmatchable by Toronto and b) worth it for the Isles. But I don’t mind them investigating all possibilities.

Meanwhile, the arena is...progressing...probably...we think.


  • But the main questions is WILL MITCH MARNER SIGN AN OFFER SHEET? [TSN]
  • FYI here are the players who did elect for salary arbitration. Some rivals’ key players. [NHLPA]
  • The many, meany (okay not so many) Bouwmeester jerseys for celebration with the Cup. [NHL]
  • Periodic reminder that long-term deals for unrestricted free agents seldom end well. (Special shout-out to Okposo-Ladd-Nielsen Summer of ‘16) [NBC Sports]
  • If you’re interested in the fantasy angle on recent free agent movements (including Varlamov), here’s one. [Dobber Hockey]