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Islanders News: Mezhdurechensk Mule

Ilya Sorokin is signed for a season he cannot play, yet that is good news. How very 2020.

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New York Islanders Training Camp
Social distance drills.
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The pride of Mezhdurechensk, Ilya Sorokin is signed, and has said goodbye to his CSKA fam, ready to begin a new life in North America.

He can’t play, and he might not even be over for summer camp, and he’s not even signed for next season (when he can play), In some un-2020 like good news, he also just signed for next season, having officially, “agreed to terms on a future one-year contract extension.”

Sorokin will remain an RFA when this one-year deal expires. After waiting all summer for clearance on players in Sorokin’s position, the Islanders had a narrow window to get something done and they made it. Imagine that.

Islanders News

  • But now, the present: Training camp in July? For a summer tournament for all the marbles? The Isles are adapting to this “new normal.” [Isles]
  • Here are the biggest questions they face as camp begins. [Athletic]
  • Here is the Islanders’ official camp roster. [Isles]
  • Everybody excited to see Casey Cizikas and Adam Pelech in camp and healthy. [Isles | Newsday] Barry Trotz believes, naturally, that both will have a big impact. [Isles]
  • “Positive energy” and happy to see ya, is the word all around from the opening of Isles camp. [Newsday]
  • On the first day, Leo Komarov and Kieffer Bellows, defensemen Nick Leddy and Sebastian Aho, and goalie Jakub Skarek were “unfit to play,” which is the NHL’s new “general body soreness” during the pandemic era. [NHL Buzz]
  • All about Ilya, who will turn 25 in August: He’s signed, that was the necessary first step. [LHH | Athletic | Newsday]
  • Dilemma, Seinfeld style: Hope that the Islanders do the impossible in this tournament...or hope that they do the impossible and win the draft lottery? [LHH Fanpost]


  • Of course, other teams also benefit from the layoff by having key players return from injury. The Hurricanes and Dougie Hamilton, for instance. [NHL]
  • A story about how the NHL and NHLPA prioritized and reached labor peace under extraordinary circumstances. [Sportsnet]
  • Multiple Canadiens have tested positive for COVID-19. [Athletic]
  • The Bruins are hoping to “finish the job” after losing in last year’s Stanley Cup final. Because they are evidently the only people on the planet who didn’t enjoy seeing Brad Marchand cry. [TSN]
  • Looooong overdue, the Ottawa Senators will ditch their cartoon logo and return to something closer to their original two-dimensional logo. [Athletic]