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Islanders News: Casey Cizikas/Anthony Beauvillier deals(?) and the ‘best teammate I ever had’

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Another believable report that Casey Cizikas is in the fold for six years and a follow-up keeping Anthony Beauvillier around for three years.

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He stays.
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The New York Islanders continue to be quiet, but one of the worst-kept secrets of their secretive offseason got another boost yesterday...

Islanders News

Lou’s cagey summer has put us in a weird spot: Is this thing about Casey Cizikas news? Is it not news? It’s not quite official...and it’s not really unexpected...but it’s another nugget for us to celebrate, I guess?

If true — and there’s little reason to doubt that — it provides what the Islanders needed. It’s too long in one sense, but it’s much cheaper on AAV than Cizikas would’ve gotten on the open market. The Isles really needed the latter, so they could afford to sacrifice the former.

Oh, oh it’s true:

UPDATE: Steve here! And now this morning, as Arthur Staple continues his triumphant return from vacation, he tells us that Anthony Beauvillier has a three-year deal in Lou’s desk drawer and that there are many other deals waiting in the wings.

These are things that, as Dom hinted above, we sort of knew already, but it’s still nice to get quote-unquote “confirmation.”

“Maybe the best teammate I ever had. I love the guy.”

  • Arthur Staple spoke to Jack Capuano, Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner and Matt Martin (who provided that quote) to recall the impact Frans Nielsen had in his 10 years as an Islander. [Athletic]
  • Blues beatwriter Jeremy Rutherford fields a range of questions. On Vladimir Tarasenko, not much but: “I believe the Islanders are still in the mix, but there’s no telling with Lamoriello.” [Athletic]
  • Things I could not possibly have conceived of in 1985: “Islanders greats Denis Potvin and Bryan Trottier featured in limited-edition NFT set.” [Newsday]
  • Do skeptical odds make the Islanders a good bet for the division, conference or Cup? [Empire Sports]

Elsewhere

  • A delayed overtime finish at the Women’s IIHF World Championship, where Canada ended USA’s string of five consecutive titles and took the cup for themselves. [Sportsnet]
  • Connor McDavid’s next focus for improvement is the defensive side of his game. [TSN]
  • The Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet is good theater, but it’s also a carefully planned hockey move for the Hurricanes and in the sweet spot of offer sheets that just might work. [TSN]
  • The Hawks and 28-year-old defenseman Connor Murphy reached an extension (starting next summer) for four years, $4.4 million per season. [Sportsnet | NHL]
  • The buyout- and cap-squeezed Wild have inked Jordie Benn for their blueline on a cheap one-year deal. [NHL]
  • Emotional eulogies from Jimmy Hayes’ widow and his brother, Kevin. [Yahoo]
  • That documentary on the insane Danbury Thrashers sounds pretty good. [News Times | The Wrap]
  • The Canadiens are also getting into NFTs. [Sportsnet]