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Fantucchio’s Focus: Karlsson Trade Fallout; Latest NHL News




Good morning. My name is Andrew Fantucchio. It’s Wednesday, August 9, and here’s what I’m focused on around the NHL today.

Optimism for Islanders Playoff Hopes:

Earlier, I wrote how the New York Islanders are going to have a hard time making the postseason this year. But just because it’ll be difficult doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Why the New York Islanders Will Make the Playoffs In 2023-24

What’s next for San Jose?

The San Jose Sharks have finally traded away Erik Karlsson. What do they do now, and what’s their long-term vision?

What’s Sharks’ Big Picture Vision? Thoughts on Grier’s Post-Karlsson Trade Presser (+)

Granlund Gets Fresh Start:

In the deal for Karlsson, the Sharks acquired Mikael Granlund from the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Monday, Granlund spoke about why it never quite worked out for him during his short time in Pittsburgh.

Granlund Admits ‘It Didn’t Work’ with Penguins; Ice Time, Role Problems

More From National Hocey Now:

Carolina: The Hurricanes missed out on the Karlsson sweepstakes and now have to head back to the drawing board.

Washington: After signing a new extension, Tom Wilson will eventually be the face of the Washington Capitals.

Boston: There’s reportedly no love lost between the Boston Bruins and goalie Jeremy Swayman, even after their recent arbitration dispute.

Vegas: What can be expected from Jack Eichel this upcoming season?

Follow Andrew Fantucchio on Twitter: @A_Fantucchio


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