Qualifying offers in

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The Islanders announced their qualifying offers, including Kevin Poulin, Kevin Czuczman and Mike Halmo. They also qualified Johan Sundstrom, who signed in Sweden a couple of weeks ago. No great surprise there. That makes Poulin, Czuczman and Halmo restricted free agents come noon Wednesday. In cases like Sundstrom’s, it also retains their NHL rights after […] [Read More]

Westport/Stamford reunion: Saturday notes

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Out of touch all day*, but one of the radio stations gave me a heads up on the way home about the Rangers’ trade for a Talbot-replacing backup, Antti Raanta. That deal had the side effect of reuniting Michael Paliotta and Ryan Haggerty, the latter dealt in the trade, with Chicago. They’re a couple of […] [Read More]

Reinhart to the Oilers: Friday notes

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The Islanders dealt their way into the first round Friday night, sending Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton for two draft picks, Nos. 16 and 33. They used 16 to take centerman Mathew Barzal, and 33 will be one of the first picks Saturday morning. Got to admit I wasn’t as down on Reinhart as some others. […] [Read More]

Blow, ye winds, etc.: Tuesday notes

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The traditional “You may want to evacuate the media center” thunderstorm hit the GHO Travelers Championship this afternoon. Most of us stayed. We survived. Actually, had I left, I might’ve wound up in the middle of all those falling trees in Wallingford, which might’ve been a bad time. As it is, it’s always a good […] [Read More]

Kids to camp/lots of coaching: Friday notes

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The Islanders announced their development camp schedule. The Blue and White Scrimmage is, as was announced earlier, July 8, a Wednesday night, in Brooklyn. The rest of the camp is in Eisenhower Park. I was kind of hoping they meant the one in Milford, but they meant the one on the Island. At least it’s […] [Read More]

Coaches for everyone: Thursday notes

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Busy day on the carousel. The Penguins made Mike Sullivan official Thursday; Grand Rapids will be official tomorrow, and all reports are that it’s Todd Nelson. Ron Rolston will coach Springfield. And a pretty interesting bombshell out of a Dan Bylsma/Tim Murray presser: Instead of joining the Flyers, Terry Murray will assist Bylsma in Buffalo, […] [Read More]

Tage Thompson to UConn; Nas to the Show: Wednesday notes

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UConn officially welcomed Tage Thompson as part of its 2015-16 freshman class. Brent’s older son, U-18 World Champion and all, pushed up his high school graduation a year to join this group. As Jonathan Bombulie I think first speculated and pretty sure first reported, Alain Nasreddine rejoined John Hynes in New Jersey as an assistant […] [Read More]

Yet another for the one you believe: Hawks win the Cup

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Three championships in six years… You know, maybe it gets a little old… @fornabaioctp never!!! — Chris Elsberry (@elsctpost) June 16, 2015 Antoine Vermette was always huge for those Binghamton Senators teams. Andrew Desjardins helped drive those Worcester Sharks. Nice to see them get to the top. Here’s SportsNet’s season-ending montage. So does Ville Pokka […] [Read More]