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NHL News: Frans Nielsen buyout, Glendale vs. Coyotes, teams welcome ads on jerseys

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Plus, an Islanders preview held hostage by Lou!

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One does not simply buy out Frans...
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Still just a trickle of actual Islanders-related news these days, but some bigger league news have come over the past few days.

Also...pour one out for Frans Nielsen, for the Red Wings have surely angered the gods by initiating a buyout.

Islanders-ish News

  • Pity the official site writers who have to preview the Islanders when the only official addition is Richard Panik {wink wink}. [NHL]
  • Get ready for the Aatu Raty Revenge Tour? [THN]
  • What are the Isles up to? The same stuff that’s been suggested for several weeks now. [THN]
  • The Blues still need reinforcement on defense...could they target Scott Mayfield in a Vladimir Tarasenko trade? (Of course, the Isles still need reinforcement on defense, and the cap disparity with those two does not make sense.) [Rutherford @ Athletic]

Happy flashback:

Everywhere

  • First overall pick Owen Power is staying in college, a rare move for a top-of-the-draft pick, but an understandable one for a guy whose college career has been pandemic-shortened and who was, after all, drafted by the Sabres. [Die By The Blade]
  • The City of Glendale has reversed the usual order of things and decided it wants to toss the Coyotes out of their arena beginning next season. The city even did a Twitter thread about it (see below). [Five For Howling | Athletic]
  • Gary Bettman calls it a negotiating ploy, but pretty much anything he says about relocation/threats should be read with a posturing/negotiating grain of salt. [NHL]
  • On ads finally encroaching on NHL uniforms, where they’ll eventually take over (Only one casino ad per uniform though!) [ESPN+ | THN]
  • We joke that everything has ads now so chill out, but really...is this such an okay thing? “Everything can potentially be an ad, but not everything should...It was good that the NHL hockey community tried to draw a bright line against advertising on the hockey sweater, and it’s sad that that line has finally fallen. We may never hold another one.” [Chaotic Neutral Zone]
  • This isn’t exactly groundbreaking as various teams have sold space on their practice jerseys, but Vancouver did it at least twice, in the early ‘90s and the late ‘80s. The league was not pleased. [Province]
  • Auston Matthews will be on the cover of the EA NHL 22 game, if you care. [NHL]