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It happened. The New York Islanders officially signed four players to mutli-year deals. Those players include forwards Casey Cizikas, Kyle Palmieri, and Anthony Beauvillier, along with goaltender Ilya Sorokin. While Zach Parise has not yet signed with the Islanders officially, he broke the news that he in fact will be playing for the club, and is just awaiting the contract to be finalized. These stories and more in today’s daily links!

After weeks of speculation, the New York Islanders announced that Anthony Beauvillierl, Kyle Palmieri, Casey Cizikas, and Ilya Sorokin all agreed to new multi-year deals on Wednesday morning. Official word came after reports surfaced that Casey Cizikas had already agreed to a six-year deal and that Anthony Beauvillier had said yes to a three-year deal. While the team did not release the terms of the new contracts, it was reported that Cizikas’ deal was six years, $2.5 million per year, Beauvillier’s deal was three years, $4.15 million per year, Palmieri agreed to a four year, $5 million per year contract and Sorokin’s new contract was worth $4 million over the next three years. (NYI Hockey Now)

Zach Parise is an Islander. The veteran forward confirmed to The Athletic’s Michael Russo that he has agreed to terms on a deal with the New York Islanders and will be heading to Long Island later this month. The contract has not officially been registered with the NHL, which has been the Islanders MO this offseason up until Wednesday when they announced the signings of Casey Cizikas, Anthony Beauvillier, Kyle Palmieri and Ilya Sorokin. A league source had told NYI Hockey Now last month that Parise would be signing with the Islanders. (NYI Hockey Now)

Denis Potvin recalled the first time the New York Islanders defeated the New York Rangers and Bryan Trottier discussed being next to Potvin’s stall in the Islanders dressing room at Nassau Coliseum. Those memories and a few others are part of a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) created by Trottier and Potvin in collaboration with Fanaply and creative studio Flux88 that was released on Tuesday. The four NFTs are part of the “Closing the Barn” collection and commemorate the end of the Islanders’ run at the Nassau Coliseum. The team begins play at their new home UBS Arena in November after construction is completed on the building. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Islanders made some news on Wednesday, even though to the parties involved it was very old news. Lou Lamoriello had contracts for Casey Cizikas (six years, $2.5 million per year), Kyle Palmieri (four years, $5 million), Anthony Beauvillier (three years, $4.15 million), and Ilya Sorokin (three years, $4 million) on hold for weeks before the team announced the signings and filed the contracts with the league. Why now? And what about the other rumored signings? Lamoriello didn’t speak to reporters on Wednesday, so we’ll get into the possibilities below as we have some thoughts on actual, concrete Islander roster info three weeks out from training camp. (The Athletic)

J.P. Parise was 34 when the Minnesota North Stars, believing their former All-Star’s best days were behind him, traded him to the Islanders in 1975. But Hall of Famer Denis Potvin can vouch for how valuable Parise was to the team over parts of the four seasons he played on Long Island. Potvin predicts a similar scenario for his late teammate’s 37-year-old son, Zach, bought out of the final four seasons of his 13-year, $98 million deal with the Minnesota Wild on July 13 and reportedly headed to the Islanders.  (Newsday)

A couple of former Pittsburgh Penguins put their pen to paper ahead of the Labor Day weekend to appear in training camps or get an NHL deal. And at least one of the players will require a trigger warning for Penguins fans. According to Colorado Hockey Now, former Penguins defenseman and Penguins Twitter villain Jack Johnson signed a PTO to appear in the Colorado Avalanche training camp. Johnson will be on the Penguins payroll until 2026 after the team bought out Johnson last fall. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers were left in a bind when Matt Niskanen unexpectedly retired after last season. On October 5th, 2020, Niskanen announced that he was retiring from the NHL. Well, technically retiring. Niskanen never filed retirement paperwork after announcing that he was retiring. He still had one year left on his contract, so he was suspended without pay for cap management purposes. There was some speculation that Niskanen could return to play, but that isn’t the case. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Detroit Red Wings look to take another step forward in what seems to be a strong rebuild under the leadership of general manager Steve Yzerman. Here are five “Way too early” predictions for the Red Wings in 2021-22. (Detroit Hockey Now)

Breaking news: Veteran defenseman Jack Johnson, the third pick overall in the 2005 NHL draft and with 950 games of NHL experience, has agreed to a Professional Tryout (PTO) contract with the Avalanche. Johnson is 34 years old and played only 13 games with the New York Rangers last season. He has also played with Los Angeles, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. While Johnson’s career hasn’t achieved the heights projected as a lottery draft pick, he has had two seasons of 40 points or more. (Colorado Hockey Now)

What is the latest regarding contract negotiations with impending UFA Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks? Which Sharks are on the hot seat? In an interview with Le Journal de Quebec, Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic believes if they fail to make the postseason for a third-straight campaign, then the team will be broken up. He also gives his take on the Evander Kane fiasco. (San Jose Hockey Now)

There’s one interesting hook when asking whether or not Vancouver Canucks fans would root for Team USA men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics and that of course is the fact that as many as four Vancouver Canucks could be playing for the Americans. That was part of the poll question. The context was interesting as well, in that the 24-hour poll was conducted leading up to a head-to-head match-up between the two countries, Canada and USA, in the Womens World Championship Gold Medal game. While the Team USA women lost that game 3-2 in overtime, the Team USA men generally won the poll. That despite the fact that the number-one poll option went against them. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

Colton Parayko agreed to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. It will begin with the 2022-23 season and has an average annual value of $6.5 million. The 28-year-old defenseman has one season remaining on the five-year, $27.5 million contract ($5.5 million AAV) he signed with the Blues on July 20, 2017. “I can’t wait to wear the Blue Note for another nine years,” Parayko said. “St. Louis has been my home now for six seasons, and this is where I want to be. All the relationships I’ve gained, the teammates I’ve had, and the organization have all had a big impact on me. Winning [the Stanley Cup] here in 2019 was special, and I want the chance to stay here and do that again.” (NHL)

Jonathan Toews “looks great” during offseason workouts as the Chicago Blackhawks center prepares for this season, Connor Murphy said Wednesday. “It’s cool to see,” said the defenseman, who signed a four-year, $17.6 million contract extension ($4.4 million average annual value) with the Blackhawks on Tuesday.”Right when [Toews] came in, he had the same drive and excitement he’s always had to train hard and work on his game. That never changes with him. I just definitely see the excitement in him, being back at the rink and on the ice with teammates, so it makes you feel good knowing how hard it is to miss time.” (NHL)

Riley Sheahan signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday. The 29-year-old forward scored 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 53 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season. “We’re excited to add an experienced veteran like Riley to our organization,” Kraken general manager Ron Francis said. “His versatility, strong penalty-killing ability and skill in the face-off circle make him a valuable addition to our forward group.” (NHL)

 

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