The Stanley Cup Final is nearly over, and for the New York Islanders offseason is in full swing. The NHL Expansion Draft is right around the corner as is the start of free agency. The Islanders have to re-sign a number of restricted free agents, unrestricted free agents and deal with a salary cap issue that could throw a wrench in all of that. We look at all of that and more in today’s Daily Links!
With all exit interviews, including that from team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, now complete, the focus quickly turns to the offseason, which began the day after the Islanders 1-0 loss in Game 7 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. How will Lamoriello be graded? I’d, personally, give him an A if he can figure out how to simply re-sign his own while under salary cap duress. The expansion draft looms in less than three weeks’ time, on July 21, followed by the opening of free agency on July 28. There is no question New York will lose a piece to the Seattle Kraken, but more importantly, can they keep one of their most valued players on one of their most valued lines, in a blue and orange sweater? (NYI Hockey Now)
If you weren’t around when the New York Islanders won four straight Stanley Cups, then Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals was the biggest game of your lifetime. Game 6, in the end, did serve as the Islanders last game at the Nassau Coliseum and the tailgaters were out in full force. A look at the scene from the last ever tailgate at the Nassau Coliseum. (Greater Long Island)
The New York Islanders will start the 2021-22 season on the road and since they will not be playing at the Nassau Coliseum they will have to play their preseason elsewhere. The Islanders will play those games at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Here’s a look at some of the details. (CT Post)
The Mayor of Tampa Bay and Nassau County Executive made a bet between one another on the New York Islanders series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. County executive Laura Curran has paid up her side of the wager. (NHL.com)
Is Jake Guentzel a Pittsburgh Penguins trade piece? How realistic are suggestions, and in what context could the Penguins trade Guentzel? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The man behind the mask–Phoenix Copley. A goalie and a scholar. (Washington Hockey Now)
The New York Islanders are the classic case for why you don’t take a goaltender in the first round. Kevin Allen makes the case why it is not risky at all to do it. (Detroit Hockey Now)