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Islanders News: The quiet before the storm?

There’s still a bit yet to be accomplished.

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Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders - Game Four
I miss hockey already. And we’ve still got a ways to go.
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Things around the Islanders have been quiet since Monday’s trade of Devon Toews to the Avalanche. But there’s still plenty of work to be done here and around the league.

Islanders News

  • Jenny wrote an excellent piece about what the Toews trade represents about the organization’s ability to get out of a jam. [LHH]
  • LISTEN: Noel and Dan chat about the offseason of moves, thus far, and whether the Toews trade was the right way to go. [Isles Buzz LHH]
  • New depth goalie Cory Schneider reflects on his time with the Devils and looks ahead to the Islanders, where, with what is likely to be a compressed schedule next season, he may yet see time in the NHL. [The Athletic]
  • To fill out the numbers: the Isles re-signed D Grant Hutton and added depth forward Austin Czarnik. They also, reportedly, re-signed Mitch Vande Sompel. [Newsday]
  • Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts (plus three bonus thoughts!) initially included a thought about the Islanders having filed tampering charges against the Maple Leafs in conjunction with the John Tavares departure; the team reached out to say it had not. [Sportsnet]
  • The building is really going up, folks. I know I say that every time, but it’s because I’m frankly still in shock about it. Want to explore it again? [NY Post]


  • A day after it seemed like extension talks stalled, Brendan Gallagher and the Canadiens came to an agreement about a six-year extension with an AAV of $6.5 million. [NHL]
  • In an offseason like no other, there are still quite a bit of impressive free agents available almost a week in. [ESPN]
  • There are also a handful of strong RFAs yet unsigned. Top one being, of course, Mathew Barzal. [Sportsnet]
  • Both David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand are not expected to be ready for the start of the season. [NHL]
  • Vegas owner Bill Foley believes opening day will be February 1, 2021. In other words, we’ve got a little while yet. [ESPN]
  • Eugene Melnyk, Senators owner and the Ebenezer Scrooge of the NHL, claims he has a plan to bring the Stanley Cup to Ottawa in the next four years. [Financial Post]
  • Patrick Marleau, recently returned to San Jose, says he would be comforted by Joe Thornton coming back to the Sharks, too. [NHL]
  • For the time being, though, it appears that Jumbo Joe is gonna hang out and play in Switzerland for free. Must be a nice life.