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Islanders News: A lot has happened since we last spoke

I wouldn’t necessarily call any of it “good,” either.

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Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders - Game Six
The guy that scored the Isles’ final goal of the 2019-20 season is on a new team now. Fare thee well, friend. Gonna miss you.
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Terribly sorry for the delay today, folks. I was up way too late working last night. Of course, on one of the busiest days I’ve had in a while, the Islanders decide to get active. I’m basically just getting caught up now.

Islanders News

  • So, the big news, and the sad news: the Islanders traded Devon Toews to the Avalanche for two second-round picks. Not the best haul, not the guy I would have given up, not happy to see Toews go, and overall, not the greatest move. But like Dom said, we knew there would be pain. And the trade market is barren right now. [LHH | Islanders | Newsday]
  • In the wake of the trade, the Islanders announced they signed center Austin Czarnik and re-signed defenseman Grant Hutton. GM Lou Lamoriello also confirmed that bringing back Andy Greene was likely. [NY Post]
  • Arthur Staple sort of foreshadowed painful moves coming when he wrote, Monday morning, about what the eerily quiet opening of free agency meant for the Isles. [The Athletic]
  • Pretty brutal for Toews, though. The guy got married literally this past weekend. And made a donation to Hockey Fights Cancer to celebrate it. Man, I’m gonna miss him. [NHL]
  • I think it is fair to say that while they haven’t signed him yet, the Islanders agreed to terms with Cory Schneider, who’s looking for a career rebirth at 34. One year, $700,000. The Newsday article on the Toews trade mentions it’s close. [LHH]
  • LISTEN: Mike and Dan had just finished recording an episode about the quiet start to free agency when the Toews trade was announced, so they re-recorded parts of it. They worked hard on it, do them a favor and listen! [Islanders Anxiety]


  • The Golden Knights finally got their man. Alex Pietrangelo agreed to a lucrative seven-year deal with an $8.8 million AAV and a full no-move clause. [Knights on Ice | NHL]
  • They’d basically had a trade of Nate Schmidt in place all weekend, waiting to pull the trigger until they signed Pietrangelo. [KOI] When the signing went down, Vegas sent Schmidt to the Canucks for a 2022 third-round pick. [NHL]
  • But the existing Golden Knights were apparently pretty peeved with how everything went down and that their names were floating out there as cap casualties. Apparently, the front office handled the situation rather poorly. [SinBin]
  • For example, Marc-Andre Fleury was dangled out there before the goalie carousel stopped spinning. GM Kelly McCrimmon said that they’re keeping him now, though. He’ll tandem with Robin Lehner. [NHL]
  • Taylor Hall saw only positives in signing with the Sabres. Remember that game of hangman he played with Jordan Eberle when they were with the Oilers? Yeah. [TSN | ESPN]
  • The Canadiens, after missing out on Hall, got Tyler Toffoli for the next four years at great value: only a $4.25 million AAV. Sometimes things work out. [TSN]
  • Colorado also re-signed RFA defenseman Ryan Graves yesterday morning. Between he and the Toews acquisition, their blue line is taking shape. [Denver Post | Mile High Hockey]
  • The guy the Senators just made the no. 3 overall pick, Tim Stützle, apparently broke a bone in his arm while training and needs surgery. Oof. [Ottawa Sun]
  • Which teams have the best goaltending tandems in the NWHL? [Ice Garden]