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Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri after scoring the overtime winner in Game 4 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo-via Colorado Avalanche Twitter)

Good morning and happy Sunday! It has been reported that the New York Islanders are in on free agent Nazem Kadri but acquiring a center for that high of a salary cap hit does not make much sense. Was the acquisition of Kirby Dach by the Montreal Canadiens on draft night not just about getting a top-notch center? Did the Calgary Flames learn their lesson with the Johnny Gaudreau fiasco?

These stories and more in today’s Rosner Wrap:

NYI Hockey Now: The New York Islanders struck out on star free agent Johnny Gaudreau, but there is another highly talented forward available, and that’s 2022 Stanley Cup winner Nazem Kadri. Kadri’s game fits the island but does acquiring the center make sense for the Islanders?

NYI Hockey Now: On July 13, Johnny Gaudreau turned down the final offer from the Calgary Flames, the team that drafted him 104th overall back in 2011, the team he spent his first nine NHL seasons with. New York Islanders fans know all too well what Calgary Flames fans are going through.

NYI Hockey Now: As of now, the New York Islanders have not added to their forward group but did add defenseman Alexander Romanov on draft night, an upgrade over Andy Greene and Zdeno Chara. But the Islanders still have a hole on defense, and to fill that hole, Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello should offer sheet Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman, Rasmus Sandin.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now:  Pittsburgh Penguins trade No. 2 was the big one. Earlier Saturday, the Penguins dished John Marino and his $4.4 million cap hit to the New Jersey Devils for young, skilled defenseman Ty Smith. GM Ron Hextall promptly used that extra salary cap space to add improve the blue line with Montreal Canadiens RHD Jeff Petry but had to give up resurgent defenseman Mike Matheson.

Philly Hockey Now: Right winger Zayde Wisdom, a promising Philadelphia Flyers prospect, is both excited and apprehensive about the team’s training camp in September. Excited to make an impression on new coach John Tortorella and his staff.

Washington Hockey Now: Former New York Islanders head coach and current Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette has a son, Peter Laviolette III, is at Washington Capitals development camp. Despite his dad being the head coach, he wants to prove that he belongs.

Detroit Hockey Now: Red Wings of Tomorrow is assessing every prospect in the Detroit Red Wings system and what they are projecting to be in the future. We’ll be looking at the strengths and weaknesses of their game, as well as what the future holds for them as they advance through the Detroit organization. Today, we feature defenseman Jared McIsaac.

Montreal Hockey Now: Kirby Dach was acquired at the 2022 NHL Draft and pegged by many as the next second-line center for the Montreal Canadiens moving forward, but could he just be trade bait for a bigger deal?17.

Colorado Hockey Now: There is still no word on a new deal between the Colorado Avalanche and Nazem Kadri. Adrian Dater’s source continues to say the Avalanche are the only real team trying to clear cap room to make this thing happen. But they need to make the room to make a Kadri deal work.

San Jose Hockey Now: Have the San Jose Sharks found their new director of scouting? A source tells San Jose Hockey Now that the Sharks have hired Scott Fitzgerald from the Boston Bruins. It’s believed that he will be the team’s new director of scouting.

Calgary Hockey Now:  The Johnny Gaudreau gamble didn’t work out for the Calgary Flames. They can’t afford to double down with Matthew Tkachuk. If they do, he will be out of Calgary as well.