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The Three NHL Teams In The NYC Area

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It has been a tumultuous summer in the NHL, and so much of the action has centered around the New York area. The Devils and Rangers picked Nos. 1 and 2 in the draft, respectively, and by all accounts, both took generational players. New Jersey then traded for one of the most flamboyant and talented players in the league, P.K. Subban, while the Blueshirts countered by signing the biggest free agent, Artemi Panarin.

The Islanders, who spent the past year showing the positive impact of having adults in charge, are on the verge of getting a shovel in the ground for their long-awaited new arena.

There are still a couple of impactful things that could happen between now and the start of training camps in September. But the 2019-20 NHL season is going to be as interesting as any in this area in a long time, so let’s recap what has happened and what still might.


The rebuilding is going splendidly, even though new team president John Davidson likes to just call it a “build.” General manager Jeff Gorton is also averse to using the word “accelerated,” as in the timeline from tearing it down to being competitive has turned out to be quite a bit shorter than most might have realized.


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Consistency Needed From The New York Islanders

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

... Which brings us back to the present, to that aforementioned executive, Lou Lamoriello, who has had an underwhelming summer thus far after his team played over its talent level before getting swept in the second round by the Hurricanes.

Lamoriello seemingly bungled the negotiations with goalie Robin Lehner — the Vezina Trophy finalist who continued his tour of candidness by exposing the ultimatum he was given from Lamoriello: Sign now or forever hold your peace. That one left everyone around the league scratching their heads, as Lehner went to sign an extremely modest one-year, $5 million deal with the Blackhawks...

Credit is due for Lamoriello getting three of his core pieces from this past season — captain Anders Lee, along with forwards Brock Nelson and Jordan Eberle — to all sign relatively team-friendly deals. But a roster that lacked top-tier talent behind Mat Barzal remains exactly that. Even the possible trade of defenseman Nick Leddy before training camp in September won’t result in the windfall the team needs to contend this season.

This was always considered a long-term plan, a work in progress. The aforementioned coach, Barry Trotz, deservedly won the Jack Adams Award in his first year behind the bench. And he might be unable to keep the squad from taking a step back this year.

But now the timeline is set. By the time the Islanders move into their new digs in 2021-22 — assuming there isn’t a lockout — they will need to consistently win to keep the people coming.

The Islanders are once again a big league team. Sooner rather than later, it will be on them to meet those expectations.


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Evening Line- Justin Bourne On Robin Lehner/New York Islanders

This is a guy who’s yet to turn 28. This is a guy who was once a highly touted young goalie who struggled with issues unrelated to the game itself. He’s worked on addressing his mental health and resulting addiction (with medication and 15-months of sobriety to date), and is finally just now, just this past season, playing clear. There’s a real possibility he could be a great – not good, great – goaltender in the league for years to come....

What seemed to happen, at least partially, is that the Islanders – most specifically Lou Lamoriello – overthought themselves out of a good goaltender who openly loved Long Island and seemed all but dying to integrate himself into the community after having already ingratiated himself to the fans. It seems like the Islanders thought that having a Russian goaltender – that being Varlamov – could help them achieve some other goals they were after (which to me don’t seem like “win-now” goals).

-Justin Bourne of The Athetic where you can read more (paid) on this topic.

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Semyon Varlamov Will Be Joining The New York Islanders

from the New York islanders,

The New York Islanders announced today that goaltender Semyon Varlamov has agreed to terms on a four-year contact. 

Varlamov has played the last eight seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and compiled a record of 183-156-38. Last year, he finished with a record of 20-19-9, a goals-against average of 2.87 and a .909 save percentage. 

His best season came in 2013-14 when he posted a 41-14-6 record, had a 2.41 GAA and a .927 save percentage. His 41 wins led the league that season. The Samara, Russia native was the runner-up in voting for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the goalie adjudged to be the best at this position and named to the NHL Second All-Star Team.


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Anders Lee Staying With The New York Islanders

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Regarding The Two High Profile UFAs From Columbus

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The Latest UFA Talk

from TSN,

Just six days ago Robin Lehner said he had no plans to talk with any teams other than the New York Islanders during the UFA speaking period, but it appears negotiations between the two sides have not progressed.

According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the two sides are not close on a contract, with a league source adding "Lehner will almost certainly play elsewhere next season."

Staple reports that the Islanders appear to be sticking on a shorter-term deal with a cap hit under $5 million, which is believed to be a non-starter for Lehner....

The Florida Panthers are hoping to be major players in free agency on Monday after reportedly hosting Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky for visits earlier this week.

“We’re confident we’re gonna make our team better and we’re trying to hit some home runs here,” Tallon said, per the Florida Sun Sentinel. “But if we have to hit three singles to score a run, we’ll think about that too, as well. We’re gonna do everything we can to possibly get better and get [Coach Joel Quenneville] the players he needs to get us to the promised land.”

Tallon did not revel which players he has met with on Thursday, but said he believes the visits went well....

more on each of the above plus some Penguins talk...

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A Five-Year Extension For Jordan Eberle And The New York Islanders

via the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders announced today that forward Jordan Eberle has agreed to terms on a five-year contract.

In the two seasons Eberle, 29, has played with the Islanders, he has scored 96 points (44 goals, 52 assists) in 159 games. The Regina, Saskatchewan native scored four goals, including the game-winner in Game 2 of the Islanders Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Eberle also contributed five assists, for nine points in eight games during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Eberle has 478 career points (209 goals and 269 assists) in 666 career NHL games with the Islanders and Edmonton Oilers. He also played the 2012-13 season in the American Hockey League with the Oklahoma City Barons, averaging well over a point-per-game with 51 (25 goals and 26 assists) in 34 games.

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A Six-Year Deal For Brock Nelson And The New York Islanders

via the New York Islanders.

The New York Islanders announced today that forward Brock Nelson has agreed to terms on a six-year contract. 

Nelson, 27, had a career year this past season with 53 points (25 goals and 28 assists) and also posted a single season best, +20 rating. This was the second straight season, and third time in his six-year pro career, that Nelson has played in all 82 regular season games. A native of Warroad, MN, Nelson has 241 career points (124 goals, 117 assists) in 480 National Hockey League games, all with the Islanders. The team selected Nelson in the first round (30th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft.

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The New York Islanders Next Season

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Islanders have oodles of cap space, perhaps up to $34 million, but available money has never necessarily been known to burn a hole in this general manager’s pockets. How much will he ante up in order to prevent a well-respected captain from defecting for a second straight season? How much will he throw in the pot to keep Lehner, pulled through no fault of his own at 3:17 of the second period after Carolina scored twice in 66 seconds to grab a 3-1 lead and essentially put away the series. Will the GM go all in on Nelson, who had little in this series after an impressive performance against Pittsburgh?

And how will the team add more elite skill and additional polish to the grind? Will Lamoriello commit to a bidding war for the Blue Jackets’ impending free agent winger Artemi Panarin that will surely include the Rangers and Panthers?

Could he, would he, pull a loo-loo and offer-sheet Toronto’s Mitch Marner?

Another question: Will the players, so willing to sacrifice for the greater good following the defensive follies of the previous season, be as keen on grinding when the big bucks still go to people who can put numbers on the board?


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