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NYHN Daily: Quietness on Islanders Front, Free Agency Questions, & More



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As of now, there is silence on the New York Islanders front, in regards to contract negotiations and protection lists. But don’t worry, here are the NHL stories to know from around the NHL in today’s daily links!

Steve Goldstein, the longtime television voice of the Florida Panthers, will be trading the ice for the gridiron later this summer as he will call Miami Dolphins preseason games on CBS-4 where he works as an anchor. Goldstein, who has been with the Panthers in one capacity or another since 1995, will do play-by-play on the Dolphins’ broadcast alongside former Miami standouts Jason Taylor and Kim Bokamper. But don’t worry Panthers fans: Goldie is not going anywhere. (Florida Hockey Now)

“From The Vault” consists of past 1-on-1 interviews and never-before-seen features on Washington Capitals and NHL players. Here’s Lars Eller. For Washington Capitals center Lars Eller, hockey has always been a family affair. (Washington Hockey Now)

A baseball player going five-for-six will gain consideration as a superstar. When it comes to coming up with five players who might go sixth overall to the Detroit Red Wings, we here at Detroit Hockey Now needed to dive much deeper than six mock drafts in order to come up with five options. (Detroit Hockey Now)

It’s 17 days and counting down until Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez will hit free agency. The Golden Knights must either splash some cash on Martinez, hit the NHL Trade market, or they’ll be shopping on the thin free-agent market. Multiple sources with knowledge of the Martinez negotiations declined to comment to Vegas Hockey Now on the status or progress of talks. “Sorry, I can’t comment,” one inside source replied. (Vegas Hockey Now)

With the NHL free agent signing period about to begin, there are several teams in need of a defenseman who can play top-four minutes or provide leadership in a third-pair role. takes a closer look at the top unrestricted free agent defensemen expected to be available when the market opens July 28 (listed in alphabetical order). (NHL)

Connor McDavid said watching the Montreal Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup Final showed him that his Edmonton Oilers can compete for the title. “I think the parity in the NHL, it just goes to show the margin for error is so slim, and then the margin for success is just as slim,” the NHL MVP told TSN on Friday. “There’s teams that have figured out a way to do it each and every year. Obviously [the Tampa Bay Lightning] winning back to back. It just takes the right formula, a little tweak here and there, and it could send a team off to the races. (NHL)

T.J. Oshie praised the Seattle Kraken hiring of coach Dave Hakstol but reiterated he wants to finish his NHL career with the Washington Capitals rather than join his home state expansion team. Oshie played for Hakstol at the University of North Dakota from 2005-08. “I’m a Capital,” the forward told NBC Sports Washington in remarks published Saturday. (NHL)

The NHL offseason began Wednesday after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to win their second straight championship. Though the 2020-21 season ended two days ago, the rest of the NHL had been making plans for what’s to come in the next few weeks, including 2021 NHL Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken on July 21, the 2021 NHL Draft on July 23-24, and the opening of the free agent signing period on July 28. Here are the top 10 questions going into the NHL offseason. (NHL)

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past nine years. Douglas joined in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the sport. Today, he profiles Bryce Montgomery, a defenseman for London of the Ontario Hockey League who ranked No. 146 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft. (NHL)

After making the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 14 out of 15 years between 2004 and 2019, the San Jose Sharks have been on the outside looking in two seasons in a row. According to The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz, changes might be on the way. Kurz wrote the Sharks are “ramping up trade discussions with teams” and have dangled Kevin LabancRadim Simek and Dylan Gambrell as potential trade bait. (TSN)




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