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NYHN Daily: Islanders and Tarasenko Talk, Buyout Window Begins & More



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The New York Islanders are in a cap crunch. While Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello looks to shed cap space and bring back as many players as they can, rumors are swirling on the idea of sniper Vladimir Tarasenko potentially making his way to the island. Is that a move the Islanders can realistically make? This story and more in today’s daily links!

After the New York Islanders had been knocked out of the playoffs a win shy of reaching the Stanley Cup Final, the questions turned to whether or not the Islanders should have added more scoring to the roster. While the Islanders didn’t during their lengthy playoff run, they might have a chance to add a scorer’s touch now that Vladimir Tarasenko reportedly asked for a trade from the St. Louis Blues. And the Islanders are on the shortlist of teams that Tarasenko would go to, according to The Athletic. But would it be worth it for the Islanders to give up significant pieces in the hopes that trade would push them over the hump? (NYI Hockey Now)

Are the Toronto Maple Leafs finally about to beat the Boston Bruins at something? On Wednesday, TSN NHL Insider Darren Dreger reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs are amongst a group of teams that are kicking the tires on trying to sign Boston Bruins forward Taylor Hall if he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 28.  “(Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has) engaged in discussions about an extension for Taylor Hall with his agent Darren Ferris,” Dreger said. “This shouldn’t come as breaking news, there was interest from the Boston standpoint prior to making the trade with the Buffalo Sabres. (Boston Hockey Now)

I asked a question of sources and a couple of my fellow National Hockey Now colleagues. It was a simple enough question as we’re all chasing stories, NHL trade angles, and free agency. We’re speaking to people on the other side of the fence who get to know these things or even make those decisions. The Pittsburgh Penguins trade chatter and offseason have thus far been quiet. So, I sent out the S.O.S. — Has anybody heard anything from the Penguins? Crickets. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

It’s never easy. Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones is one of the biggest fish on the market this offseason. The fourth overall pick from the 2013 NHL Draft has been the talk of the town for over a month, and for good reason. Jones, 26, fits the description of what the Philadelphia Flyers need this offseason: a right-handed defenseman to play on the top pair with Ivan Provorov. But his contract situation is a complicated one. (Philly Hockey Now)

As we get into the heat of the Florida Panthers offseason, many questions are swirling around the local future of defenseman Keith Yandle. When I kicked open the latest edition of our reader mailbag, I expected a few questions about what could happen between Yandle and the Panthers — and there was little disappointment. You all did manage to ask some other questions as well. (Florida Hockey Now)



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