The news is starting to run dry, folks. Luckily, there’s been enough rain over the last couple of weeks to keep everything wet. What’s sun, amirite?
I’d like to preface these with the fact that I haven’t taken the time to read them yet because I’m too insanely busy now, but Arthur Staple is generally the one with his finger most on the pulse of what the Islanders are up to, so I am sure there’s lots of good stuff in here. Okay, here we go.
- Here’s the trade mailbag, including who of ours might be on the block and who the Islanders may be looking to acquire. [The Athletic]
- Here’s the RFA mailbag, with, I’m assuming, lots of good information about Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock. [The Athletic]
- And here’s the drafting and development mailbag, with, perhaps, some information about the injury Oliver Wahlstrom suffered this week in Sweden. [The Athletic]
Other Islanders Bits
- The Islanders and Josh Ho-Sang avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay Ho-Sang league-minimum in the NHL and a nice sum in the AHL. [Newsday]
- The Islanders officially announced all their signings from the last couple weeks: Ho-Sang, A.J. Greer, Mitch Vande Sompel, and Parker Wotherspoon. [Islanders]
- The Islanders have an eye toward the future with the arrival of Ilya Sorokin. That and more in their Team Reset. [NHL]
- On October 27, 1973, Denis Potvin scored his first NHL goal AND the Isles beat the Rangers for the first time. [This Day in Isles History]
- Updates on Wahlstrom’s injury (not much of an update, though) and about Simon Holmstrom’s invitation to Sweden’s World Juniors camp. Also, 2020 third-rounder Alexander Ljungkrantz is playing at a point-per-game pace in his junior league. [Islanders Prospect Report]
Happy birthday to Andy Greene.
The ‘19–’20 season was fun.
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- Mike Hoffman remains unsigned. He’s been in contact with 12 teams, five or so seriously. But the offers have been rather light. [The Athletic]
- The Lightning made official its re-signings of Pat Maroon and Luke Schenn this week. [NHL]
- Former no. 3 overall pick Alex Galchenyuk signed with the Senators. He rounds out their lineup. [Sportsnet]
- The Sabres avoided arbitration with Victor Olofsson by agreeing to a two-year deal worth $6.1 million. [NHL]
- The Stars have only had two kits since their rebrand back in 2014. That all changed this week when they unveiled the neon-and-black. [Defending Big D]
- The NHL announced the allegations that Dale Tallon was racist during the bubble were unsubstantiated. [Sportsnet]
- You may have looked around the sports world and noticed that the other leagues, specifically the NBA, have plans for next season wrapped up. The NHL doesn’t. It’s because of their relatively paltry TV deal. [PensBurgh]
- When it does get put in place, though, they’ll likely have to work around an all-Canadian division. Travis Yost eschews the 8-8-8-7 divisional format and gets creative. [TSN]
- DGB wanted to get in on the mailbag fun, emphasis on fun. There’s not a lot of substantive information here, but it is certainly entertaining. [The Athletic]
- Sam Gagner penned a tribute to the late Joey Moss, the Oilers’ fixture since the ‘80s. [Players Tribune]
- Travis Roy, who, 25 years ago, was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first-ever collegiate hockey game with Boston University, passed away this week at age 45. [SCOC | Sportsnet]
- The Seattle Kraken joined the Black Girl Hockey Club’s anti-racism efforts. [Sportsnet]