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Islanders News: Lamoriello statement on Aho DUI

Also: Will Aho and Romanov be a pair?

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The NHL signings are done, the AHL signings have come across in a bunch, so now we rest on...offseason run-ins with the law?

Islanders News

  • “Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov, both 22 and born a day apart, could be playing together for the Islanders for a long time if things go according to plan.” [Post]
  • Finally the NHL-dot-com can do its offseason outlook on the Isles, sort of. Nothing new here but it’s a writeup from Lou’s post-RFA signings presser. [NHL]

Sebastian Aho has been fined in Sweden and had his license suspended there, with the equivalent of a DUI. The Post had comment from his agent, Claude Lemieux: “He had no idea he would still be over the limit by the next morning and felt 100%, but unfortunately he made a mistake and he is very sorry!” The Islanders released a statement from Lou Lamoriello:

We were made aware immediately of the situation regarding Sebastian Aho. We have a copy of the police report indicating that he registered a 0.03 blood alcohol content, which is .01 over Sweden’s legal limit of .02. Sebastian apologizes for his mistake and as an organization we will work with him to make sure this never happens again.


  • This 32 Thoughts podcast (from France!) doesn’t really have much Isles content (Friedman thinks the Isles were slower to come to the number Calgary was willing to reach on Kadri), but it does namecheck Islanders Anxiety, you know, to capture the spirit of Islanders Country. [32 Thoughts podcast]
  • They’re in France for the NHL’s European media tour. Pierre-Eduourd Bellemare is hoping it helps grow hockey there. [NHL]
  • One of the takeaways from the 32 Thoughts podcast: Bill Daly thinks the salary cap could (finally) rise significantly after 2023-24. [Sportsnet]
  • Paul Stastny has landed with the Hurricanes for $1.5 million. [NHL]
  • Phil the Thrill Kessel will continue his ironman pursuit in Vegas after signing a one-year deal, also for $1.5 million. But they’ll probably scratch him one game before the record. (Oh wait! Forgot Pete DeBoer is gone so maybe not.) [Knights on Ice]
  • Eric Staal is excited for a shot with the Panthers. [NHL]
  • Timo Meier and the Sharks have not discussed contract extension yet. [NHL]
  • The NHL remains on course for a World Cup of Hockey in February 2024. [TSN]