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PODCAST: Previewing the NHL Draft and Free Agency

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New York Islanders podcast Hockey Night in New York

In addition to covering the New York Islanders here at NYI Hockey Now, I co-host a weekly radio show and podcast called Hockey Night in New York with Sean Cuthbert. The show airs live every Sunday night at 9 p.m. and is available on all major podcast platforms immediately after the show ends.

This week on Hockey Night in New York, Sean and I previewed the NHL Draft and free agency. Chris Peters of ESPN joins Sean and I to look at what the Islanders could do at the draft. We also examine how free agency could play out with the limited cap space that the Islanders have.

You can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts here or follow us on Spotify here.

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Free Agency: Martin, Greene Likely to Return to Islanders for Next Season

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It seems all but certain that Andy Greene is returning to the New York Islanders, and the same goes for Matt Martin.

The Islanders continue to sit in a holding pattern as they look to free up cap space via trades, but things seem to be pointing to a return for the two NHL veterans. General manager Lou Lamoriello called the return of Greene “a very strong option” during a Zoom conference call on Monday night and multiple reports indicated that the Islanders and Martin are working on a deal.

Greene’s return makes even more sense following the trade of Devon Toews to Colorado on Monday. Greene has worked with Noah Dobson, who will take Toews’ place on the blue line, in the past and proved extremely valuable during the postseason.

The soon to be 38-year-old — Greene’s birthday is on Oct. 30 — could be looking at a one-year deal from the Islanders to provide that veteran presence on the blue line. Greene had four points (two goals, two assists) in 21 playoff games with the Islanders.

Martin also had an impressive postseason of his own with five goals in 21 games, which matched his regular-season total. The fan-favorite has been a mainstay on the fourth line alongside Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas.

Martin’s deal with the Islanders, or anyone else for that matter should it get to that point, would be far less than the four-year, $10 million deal he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016. That carried a $2.5 million AAV and that is much higher than what the Islanders can afford at the moment.

Devon Toews Traded to Colorado for Second Round Picks

The decision to move Toews on Monday came out of necessity so that the Islanders could get back some pieces to sweeten any potential trades that would move some of their pricier contracts and free up some more salary cap room. The Islanders have been working with just $8.9 million in cap space.

The Islanders still need to re-sign restricted free agents Mat Barzal and Ryan Pulock and trading away the likes of Johnny Boychuk or another hefty contract would help make that task simpler.

The Fourth Period reported that the Islanders have been shopping Boychuk around. Boychuk has two years left on a deal that carries an AAV of $6 million and a list if eight teams he can be traded to. Leo Komarov is also reportedly being shopped by the Islanders.

Komarov also has two years left on his contract, which has a $3 million AAV and a seven-team no-trade list.

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Lamoriello: Cory Schneider Rumor Likely to Come to Fruition

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It seems like it’s all but a done deal.

New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said that there was a good chance that Cory Schneider would sign with the team. Multiple reports earlier in the day on Monday indicated that the Schneider and the Islanders had come to an agreement on a one-year deal for the 34-year-old goaltender.

The signing was first reported by The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun and later confirmed by Craig Custance of The Athletic. It would be the Islanders first free-agent signing since the market opened on Friday.

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“I had Cory in New Jersey and I think that he’s trying to resurrect his career,” Lamoriello said during a Zoom call following the trade of Devon Toews to Colorado. “I’ve had several conversations with Cory. That rumor I think will come to fruition.”

Devon Toews Traded to Colorado for Second Round Picks

Schneider was bought out by the New Jersey Devils ahead of free agency after he was placed on waivers on Thursday. The 34-year-old had two years left on a seven-year, $42 million deal, which included a no-trade clause, he signed in New Jersey in 2014.

Lamoriello traded for Schneider at the 2013 NHL draft during his time as general manager in New Jersey. Schneider has struggled to live up to the contract he signed during his time with New Jersey as he has struggled with injuries over the years.

The decision to buyout Schneider will cost New Jersey a  $2 million cap hit over the next four years.

“It’s no secret where our goaltending has been over the last couple years, and this isn’t just all on Cory Schneider,” New Jersey general manager Tom Fitzgerald said, via NJ.com. “(Telling Cory about the buyout) was one of the hardest if not the hardest phone calls I had to make because of the person and what he’s done here on the ice, what he’s done off the ice, he and his wife Jill. It meant a lot to him, the New Jersey Devils. A lot. And it wasn’t a pleasant conversation, to say the least. But I felt it had to be made and it was time to move on.”

He appeared in just 13 NHL games this season with New Jersey and posted a 3-6-2 record, with a .887 save percentage and a 3.53 goals-against average. In AHL Binghamton, Schneider made 14 appearances and had a 2.71 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.

The move is likely a depth one for the Islanders, who lost their regular AHL Bridgeport starter Christopher Gibson in free agency last week. The opportunity presents Schneider the chance to help revive his career and provide the Islanders some more goaltending depth heading into the 2020-21 season.

A less likely scenario could also include the Islanders trading Semyon Varlamov to free up cap space while having Schneider serve as a backup to rookie Ilya Sorokin. Varlamov’s name has been linked to a possible move that would help the Islanders free up some much-needed cap space.

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PODCAST: New York Islanders Kick Off Free Agency Quietly

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New York Islanders podcast Hockey Night in New York

In addition to covering the New York Islanders here at NYI Hockey Now, I co-host a weekly radio show and podcast called Hockey Night in New York, presented by Oyster Bay Brewing with Sean Cuthbert. The show airs live every Sunday night at 9 p.m. and is available on all major podcast platforms immediately after the show ends.

This week on Hockey Night in New York, Sean and I discussed the lack of movement by the New York Islanders during the first few days of free agency. The Athletic’s Arthur Staple joins the show to help us break everything down and we discuss what the Kieffer Bellows news from Friday could mean for the prospect’s future with the New York Islanders organization.

You can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts here or follow us on Spotify here.

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