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Top 2014 picks sign their second contracts.

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 Tom Kuhnhackl poses for a portrait during the NHL European Media Tour 
Photo by Johanna Lundberg/NHLI via Getty Images

When the above photo showed up in our photo feed, there was no way we weren’t going to use it. Those are just the rules. (Reminder: Tom Kuhnhackl re-signed with the Islanders earlier this year.)

Islanders News

  • Meanwhile in news about young wingers he’s blocked: The Islanders announced new deals for restricted free agents and 2014 draft classmates Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle. Thanks to CapFriendly, we know Dal Colle’s is a one-way with a $700k rate each season, while Ho-Sang’s is a two-way. Both require waivers to be sent down. [LHH | Newsday | Official site on MDC, JHS]
  • Last week you heard him discuss Ho-Sang, now here’s Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson on the other top (and younger) prospects who might bid for NHL jobs next month. [Athletic]
  • Presumed look at Thompson’s preseason schedule. [Soundin’ Off]
  • LOOK WHO’S ALIVE! Garik checks in with a look at Barry Trotz’s history to ask...can we expect a Trotzian “shot quality” and Korn-fed goalie boost to continue, or is this very similar roster from last year due for a bounce back toward meh-dom? [LHH]

ICYMI in yesterday’s bits, the NHL’s 31 in 31 package on the Islanders is out:

What a coincidence, NBC Sports was doing it too: Three questions for the Isles | Varlamov will need to pick up where Lehner left off

Elsewhere

  • Low-risk gamble: Avalanche sign former Star Valeri Nichushkin to one-year deal. [MHH | TSN]
  • Broad Street Hockey follows up on that report that UFA-to-be Kevin Hayes wasn’t signing with the Flyers unless they broke the bank: Well DUH! [BSH]
  • Shocker! The agent for Matthew Tkachuk, one of many top RFAs unsigned, says it’s the team’s fault. [Sportsnet]
  • What to expect from the Senators this year? Tragedy. [TSN]
  • Canadiens offer sheet signer The Other Sebastian Aho says he’s relieved to still be a Hurricane, he just wanted to make sure he was signed before camp, is all. [Sportsnet]
  • Reflecting on Mike Richter’s place in USA Hockey history. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • The All-Decade team for 31 (really? 31?) NHL teams. [ESPN]
  • The euphemism for trying to trade a player is “put in positions for success.” [TSN]