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Islanders News: Looking out for status quo

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The Isles want to get the band back together. Well, sans Devon Toews.

New York Islanders v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Seven
A Game 7 goal-scorer is projected to be back.
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Free agency is over a week old now, but plenty of solid players remain available on the market. Such is the cap crunch, the financial reality.

The Islanders appear to have an appetite for a couple of their own free agents, at the very least. The rest remains up in the air.

Islanders News

  • Arthur Staple already hinted at Matt Martin’s return Thursday; GM Lou Lamoriello hinted at Andy Greene’s on Monday. All that remains is putting pen to paper. Other things for which to look out: a third-line depth wing signing (perhaps Derick Brassard returns, as well?), trying to trade an onerous contract, arbitration with Ryan Pulock and Josh Ho-Sang, if needed, and of course, Mathew Barzal’s next deal. [The Athletic]
  • Not Islanders but written by Andrew Gross so it deserves to be in this section and not buried in the next one: the future of the NHL, after the pandemic, remains foggy. [Newsday]
  • Ilya Sorokin is no. 2 on Scott Wheeler’s top 10 goalie prospects list, behind 2020 no. 11 overall pick Yaroslav Askarov. But he wrestled heavily with which to top his list, both having such great potential. [The Athletic]
  • The Isles reportedly extended RFA D Parker Wotherspoon for two years. [@PuckPedia]
  • The 1993 Islanders held the distinction of being the last team this franchise sent to the Conference Final until this year. But their run ended unceremoniously in five games against the Canadiens. [Maven’s Memories]
  • The last five years have been among the strongest runs the Islanders have had since the dynasty-era, but New York sports, as a whole, are mired in their worst championship drought since the early 20th century. To celebrate, here’s each New York team’s worst season, compiled in one handy piece. Neil Best selected the inaugural year for the Isles. [Newsday]

Good on the organization:

Elsewhere

  • The Jets find themselves at a crossroads with F Patrik Laine, whose agents publicly declared a split between the parties would be “mutually beneficial.” [Sportsnet]
  • C Joe Thornton decided to take the league minimum for a year to go home to Toronto. The Maple Leafs are stacking the deck with old dudes. [NHL]

Staple weighs in:

  • F Mike Hoffman, F Mikael Granlund, and D Sami Vatanen highlight this list of unsigned free agents. [NHL]
  • The Rangers signed two of their RFAs, D Tony DeAngelo and G Alexandar Georgiev, to two-year bridge deals. [ESPN]
  • The Flames nailed down RFA Andrew Mangiapane for the next two years on a deal totaling $4.85 million. [NHL]
  • Montreal’s Jesperi Kotkaniemi became the latest young player loaned out to a European club in these strange times. [Sportsnet]
  • The Kings signed no. 2 overall pick Quinton Byfield to his three-year entry-level contract. [NHL]