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Fantucchio’s Focus: Adding Karlsson Could Derail Penguins; Islanders Trade Talk

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Good Morning; My name is Andrew Fantucchio. It is Saturday, July 9, and here’s what I’m focused on around the NHL today.

Jake DeBrusk A Fit On Long Island; Not As Crazy As It Sounds:

The New York Islanders are still holding out hope that they can strike a deal with the Ottawa Senators for Alex DeBrincat. Otherwise, the trade market looks pretty thin at the moment. Islanders president of hockey operations and general manager Lou Lamoriello will have to get creative, and there’s a potential trade with the Boston Bruins so crazy that it might just work.

Islanders Trade For DeBrusk Makes Sense If DeBrincat Goes Elsewhere

Trading For Karlsson Will Undo All That Dubas Has Done In Pittsburgh:

Under new leadership in the front office, the Pittsburgh Penguins have made several moves smart, calculated moves that have put them back into the playoff conversation. However, the one move they are yet to make may be too big for their own good.

Kingerski: Dubas Delivering on Promises, but Flirting with Trouble

Chicago Takes New Approach to Develop Young Prospects:

The Chicago Blackhawks have needed an infusion of youth and talent for a long time and are finally starting to get it this summer. Now that the new blood has arrived, the organization is beginning to teach them about all aspects of the game through methods both on and off the ice.

Editor’s Choice: The Social-Emotional Lens of Blackhawks Development Camp

More From National Hockey Now:

VegasOf course, there was Hill, Eichel, Stone and Marchessault, but the Vegas Golden Knights wouldn’t have won the Stanley Cup without a few unsung heroes.

Buffalo: The Sabres are looking to trade 28-goal scorer Victor Oloffson. The only problem is they have to wait and see what happens with Alex DeBrincat.

MontrealAs the Canadiens continue their rebuild, new expectations are being placed on their players of the future.