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NHL Offseason News: Robin Lehner thanks Islanders fans as goalies begin to sign

Also: Duane Sutter was another one of those “don’t want to go to the big city” from Islanders history

New York Islanders v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Four
Happy trails in the desert...
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The glut of available goalies is one of the prime free agency stories this offseason, and a few of those dominoes have started to fall. As expected based on reports during the playoffs, Robin Lehner has reached a long-term deal (five years, $25 million) to remain with the Golden Knights, which will make things crowded and uncomfortable with Marc-Andre Fleury.

The former Isles goalie once again thanked Islanders fans for their support:

  • Meanwhile the Penguins, who are reportedly looking to move on from Matt Murray, reached a three-year agreement with Tristan Jarry. [NHL]
  • And in Philadelphia, both the Flyers and Brian Elliott decided not to disrupt a good thing, as he has signed on for another year at $1.5 million. [NHL]
  • The Sharks have spoken openly about wanting to add a “number one caliber” goalie to either compete with or usurp Martin Jones, who’s struggled quite a bit. Doug Wilson should have lots of options. [NHL]
  • Of course the big Trade Bait subjects right now remain Patrik Laine and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Laine could be headed anywhere [NHL] and some reports mention the Islanders though it’s hard to see how the numbers would work. [Sun]
  • Ekman-Larsson has no-trade protection and has reportedly preferred the Bruins or Canucks...but is he really worth pursuing for either? [Stanley Cup of Chowder | THN] The Canucks hope they are still in the picture. [TSN]
  • Islanders star Mathew Barzal is of course at the top of intriguing RFAs. [NBC Sports]
  • The Schenn brothers get to see their names on the Cup side-by-side, for 2019 and 2020. [Blues]

NHL Draft

  • Before any free agents can sign with new teams, there is of course the draft. Here’s a quick overview of where the Islanders stand, with five picks but non before #90 overall. [Isles]
  • An amateur draft, in October? Stan Fischler digs into the vault for the story of the 1979 draft that took place in 1979 thanks to “expansion” (the WHA merger). He notes a great tale about dynasty member Duane Sutter who, like Al Arbour before him, was reluctant to consider the Islanders because he pictured being dropped into the middle of a big, skyscraper-laden city. [Isles]
  • Here’s a mock draft of the first round from Craig Button. Islanders need not apply. [TSN]
  • And here’s the running mock draft among SB Nation hockey sites. Lighthouse Hockey need not apply :(