The fun has begun. Players are waiving their no-move clauses for the Expansion Draft, a trade happened, and the rumor mill continues to churn.
By the end of the weekend, we will know who the New York Islanders have chosen to protect and who to leave exposed—and every other team, for that matter.
- The Islanders should send a Thank You to the Boston Bruins for the Brandon Carlo deal. See below. It should serve as the blueprint for Adam Pelech’s new contract. [Empire]
- LISTEN! The latest guest on the Talkin’ Isles podcast? Chico Resch! [Islanders]
- Yesterday was a big day for the Islanders: It was Barry Trotz’s birthday! Happy belated birthday, coach. Thank you for everything.
Help us wish Head Coach, Barry Trotz, a happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/pdGFfjeFEH— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) July 15, 2021
- It’s time to dust off the NHL Trade Big Board. Names like Jack Eichel, Seth Jones, Vladimir Tarasenko, and even Steven Stamkos pepper the list. [The Athletic]
- One name was removed from the Board as soon as it was posted: The Colorado Avalanche, fearing losing him to the Seattle Kraken for nothing, shipped defenseman Ryan Graves to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Mikhail Maltsev and a second-rounder. [MHH]
- The Boston Bruins have re-signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to a six-year, $24.6 million extension. [Sportsnet]
- Buffalo Sabres winger Jeff Skinner has agreed to waive his no-move clause for the Expansion Draft. His contract is the no-move clause, though. [Sportsnet]
- Oft-injured (permanently injured?) Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop has agreed to do the same. [Dallas News]
- Negotiations continue between Adam Larsson and the Edmonton Oilers. [TSN]
- Duncan Keith brings his presence and his winning pedigree with him to Edmonton. [NHL]
- Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is “disappointed” with how contract talks have gone with his club. He may hit the open market, and hoo boy if he does. [NHL]
- Follow the evolution of Landeskog, who was named captain at age 19 and has served in that post for the last nine seasons. [The Athletic]
- Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper, entering the final season of his current contract and not willing to re-sign in Arizona, is the main target of goalie-hungry teams like the Avalanche or the Toronto Maple Leafs. That and more! [Daily Faceoff]
- Tampa Bay Lightning GM Julien BriseBois is prepared for a tough offseason. “Alright, whose leg do I have to break this summer?” [The Athletic]
- In the “if we keep saying it, it will come true” department: Cale Makar could receive an offer sheet this summer. [NHL]
- Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber may not play this season. He also may not play next season or any season beyond that. A litany of injuries may have felled him. [Sportsnet]
- Current Florida Panthers head coach and former Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has offered to participate in the latter organization’s review of the allegations against it involving Brad Aldrich. [Sportsnet]
- The Vancouver Canucks will have a new AHL team, the Abbotsford Canucks, right up the road from them; much better than having one in Utica, New York, all the way across the continent. [Sportsnet]
- Oh yeah, there is an actual NHL Entry Draft to worry about, too. Here is the final edition of Sportsnet’s Draft Prospect Rankings.