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[Bits] Barzal bubble, Shatten-buyout, Girard extension

The price keeps going up for Ryan Pulock’s next contract.

NHL: JAN 10 Islanders at Rangers
You chose, poorly.
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No real Islanders updates for this first Dog Day of August, but some news around the Metro and a contract that likely impacts a key Isles RFA next summer...

  • Five centers who fell short (“on the bubble”) of’s Top 20 Centers list, including Mathew Barzal. [NHL]
  • Interesting story where former NHLer Bobby Butler, who has a new job as director of hockey operations for the Junior Railers, could also sign as a senior Railer in Worcester. [Telegram] [h/t Soundin’ Off notes from Fornabaio]
  • In News That Affects Ryan Pulock Next Summer: Samuel Girard reaches a seven-year deal with the Avalanche. [Mile High Hockey]
  • Dave Tippett says Connor McDavid will be used less on the PK, more in lethal offensive situations. [TSN]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk, who has Larry Brooks’ Classy Seal of Approval (Idea for a media study: Go back and compare coverage of Shattenkirk to that of Dan Boyle, who lacked the Seal), will be bought out by the Rangers. [Post]
  • The Devils avoided arbitration, found a three-year extension with Will Butcher. [AATJ]
  • The Vegas expansion draft members: Where are they now? Only eight remain with the Knights. [Sportsnet]
  • With the Wild GM fired, Jason Zucker may finally see his name taken out of trade rumors. [NHL]
  • If you’re a history buff, you may know the massive, global impact of the “Spanish” flu at the end of World War I. Did you know it took out the Stanley Cup too? [SB Nation]
  • Calgary’s city council has approved an arena deal for the Flames. [Matchsticks & Gasoline | Sportsnet]
  • The Senators will not be competitive until they prioritize hockey over finance. [Sportsnet]