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Islanders & NHL News: UFA defensemen, coaching and front office moves

It’s good, actually, that the NHL is waiting so long to start the Stanley Cup Final.

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Washington Capitals v New York Islanders
Wouldn’t Orlov look good in orange and blue?
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It is genius of the NHL to let everyone forget what hockey is for six days before returning with its championship series. That’s how you reel the people in: a little bit of the “absence makes the heart grow fonder” treatment.

I’m sure front offices appreciate the even shorter offseason, as well. Let’s get this show on the road, man.

Islanders News

  • The New York Islanders probably could have used another puck-mover on the backend. Though they’re not very sexy, there are options in UFA, and here are five of them. [THN]
  • These Panthers remind Stan Fischler of the 1975 Islanders. [THN]
  • Fans voted on the best broadcasts in the NHL, and the Islanders clocked in at no. 7. [The Athletic]
  • Anders Lee is a good dude.

Stanley Cup Final

  • As we all know, the Florida Panthers just barely qualified for the playoffs. Here’s a rundown of how they did even make it. [Sportsnet]
  • On the other side, take a deep dive into the construction of the Vegas Golden Knights. [NHL]
  • Alright, so who wins? By my rough count, the NHL writers are pretty evenly split. They also made Conn Smythe picks. [NHL]
  • More Conn Smythe rankings based on an informal poll of writers. [ESPN+]

Front Office and Coaching Moves

  • With both William Nylander and Auston Matthews entering the last year of their contracts before UFA, the Toronto Maple Leafs will likely hire former Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving, who famously lost two superstars in Johnny Gaudreau (for nothing) and Matthew Tkachuk. What could go wrong? [Sportsnet]
  • The Washington Capitals will hire Spencer Carbery as their next head coach, a newbie who was, at one point, the coach of their AHL affiliate. [Sportsnet]
  • Meanwhile, new Nashville Predators GM Barry Trotz has made a coaching change, axing John Hynes and bringing in Andrew Brunette. [Sportsnet]