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The dogs days of the NHL offseason continued with very little news coming out of the New York Islanders world. So far the Islanders have officially only added some forward depth in the form of Richard Panik and Brock Nelson is on fire in the Da Beauty League. All of that and more in today’s daily links:

The Islanders have been linked to a number of players that may or may not have already signed contracts and then have had those shoved in a drawer somewhere until the time is right to announce them. That means technically the Islanders’ biggest offseason addition has been Panik, who they picked up as part of the Nick Leddy trade. The league website took a look at the Islanders offseason so far. (NHL.com

While the start of the NHL season is still some time away, hockey has been well underway in Da Beauty League, and a familiar face has been on a roll. Brock Nelson added to his league points lead when he scored again on Wednesday night. (Da Beauty League)

New York Islanders 2021 draft pick Aatu Raty went on a hot streak after he was selected 59th overall in the July draft. Was that a sign of the start of the Raty revenge tour? One hockey writer certainly thinks so. (The Hockey News)

Can Ryan Merkley make good this year? The 2018 first-round pick had a rough go of it during his first full pro campaign, registering just 11 points in 31 AHL contests. That’s a far cry from his point-per-game OHL pace. But it’s not just about offensive production. The San Jose Sharks were also less than thrilled with Merkley’s conditioning coming into last year’s training camp. Not upset, mind you — they just hoped for more. (SJ Hockey Now)

Whatever it takes. Whatever they need. That’s Pasquale Zito’s hockey mantra to his teams and his coaches. The skill set he brings to the ice isn’t the same as say Filip Zadina, or Moritz Seider but it is still unique and can prove valuable to the Detroit Red Wings. (Detroit Hockey Now

When Chuck Fletcher took over as General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, the team was in disarray. Ron Hextall‘s patient plan failed –– or was cut short, depending who you ask –– and Fletcher was tasked with getting the Flyers to that next level. It wasn’t an easy task, however, as Fletcher had to tear down a bit before building back up. (Philly Hockey Now)

When you think about top Colorado Avalanche defensive prospects, it’s easy to forget the name Drew Helleson. After all, Bo Byram and Justin Barron – both first-round picks who played on World Junior Canadian teams – are already in the pipeline. But make no mistake: Helleson is very much a part of the Avs’ future. (Colorado Hockey Now)

When the Boston Bruins signed goalie Linus Ullmark to a five-year, $20 million contract on July 28, many NHL pundits and fans alike felt that meant there would be no way that longtime Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask would play for the Bruins again. In fact, probably half of the Bruins fan base and a good portion of the Boston media celebrated the very real chance that after 12 seasons, 10 as a starter, Rask’s career with the Bruins and likely in the NHL, was seemingly coming to an end. As far as the Boston Bruins are concerned though, not so fast. (Boston Hockey Now)

Where does Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning rank among his fellow Canadian-based executives for their efforts this summer? If his trades and signings work out, is he a favorite to be nominated for NHL General Manager of the Year? Few were busier. I reckon it’ll come down to his batting average and how many of his deals are home runs. (Vancouver Hockey Now

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