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Rosner Wrap: Dobson’s Development, Romanov Excitement, Bellows’ Confidence

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Kieffer Bellows and Michael Pezzetta New York Islanders (Photo- Montreal Canadiens via Twitter)
Kieffer Bellows and Michael Pezzetta New York Islanders (Photo- Montreal Canadiens via Twitter)

Good morning folks! Monday brought about New York Islanders news for the first time since draft night as general manager Lou Lamoriello signed three of his restricted free agents to deals that no one should be complaining about.

All three players spoke to the media following Lamoriello’s press conference, and all were amped up for the upcoming season.

Stories on all three players and more in today’s Rosner Wrap:

NYI Hockey Now: On Monday, the New York Islanders officially signed three restricted free agents. Noah Dobson signed a three-year deal worth $12 million, Alexander Romanov signed a three-year deal worth $7.5 million and Kieffer Bellows is back on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million. New York Islanders.

NYI Hockey Now: 22-year-old defenseman Noah Dobson showed so much promise a year ago but general manager Lou Lamoriello wants to see more from him before a long-term deal is done. That’s why Dobson and the Islanders agreed on a three-year deal on Monday. New York Islanders.

NYI Hockey Now: New York Islanders fans should be excited about Alexander Romanov, who is gearing up for his first season on the island after signing a three-year deal Monday.  He was rather excited during his first media appearance. Marco D’Amico of Montreal Hockey Now sat down for an interview as he broke down Romanov’s game. New York Islanders.

NYI Hockey Now: 24-year-old Kieffer Bellows is back on a one-year deal, and with the Islanders’ lack of depth at the wing position, may have the biggest opportunity he has ever had at the NHL level. And he has all the confidence in the world heading into training camp. New York Islanders.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins will play in their first Winter Classic since 2011 when they visit the Boston Bruins at Fenway Park on Jan. 2. Winter Classic tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Washington Hockey Now: Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov was ready to see the team change things up this summer after four consecutive first-round exits. However, he hadn’t expected a complete overhaul between the pipes. On the Slippery Ice Podcast and translated from sports.ru, Orlov discussed the Capitals changes this offseason, starting with the goalies. Washington Capitals.

Montreal Hockey Now: With Montreal Canadiens Kirby Dach still unsigned, Montreal Hockey Now used comparable contracts to predict what Dach’s next contract could look like, comparing him to New York Rangers deal with Kappo Kakko, St. Louis Blues Robert Thomas, and Anaheim Ducks Isac Lundestrom. Montreal Canadiens.

Florida Hockey Now: In their latest rankings of top wings in the league today, NHL Network ranks former Florida Panthers’ star Jonathan Huberdeau above his replacement, Matthew Tkachuk. Offseason rankings are, by their very nature, subjective. They are a way to pass the time before a season starts, try and create some discussion. Certainly, this one will do just that. Florida Panthers.

Detroit Hockey Now: When it comes to rebuilds, Olli Maatta has been there and done that. One of the newest members of the Detroit Red Wings, Maatta spent the past two seasons patrolling the blueline for the Los Angeles Kings and he believes that Detroit could take a huge step this season. Detroit Red Wings.

Vegas Hockey Now: The Vegas Golden Knights have relatively the same team as they last year with a couple of major subtractions such as Max Pacioretty, Evgenii Dadonov, and now Robin Lehner. We’ll discuss more on what this means for the team once we get closer to training camp. But there are a few new faces the Golden Knights have for 2022-23. Let’s get to know them. Vegas Golden Knights.

San Jose Hockey Now: Jonathan Dahlen’s first choice isn’t to sign with Timra. That’s what Claes Elefalk, Dahlen’s agent, told San Jose Hockey today, in response to rumors that the ex-San Jose Sharks winger’s hometown club had offered, or was preparing to offer, a long-term contract to their former star. San Jose Sharks.

Vancouver Hockey Now: A great friend and a former literary agent was the first to mention what an ‘unbelievable’ softball player Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau had been, having seen the multi-sport ‘Gabby’ playing softball in the late 1970’s in Niagara Falls. Prior to that, Boudreau played baseball. Vancouver Canucks.

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