The New York Islanders had been very quiet this offseason with rumors of big signings coming and going.
Monday, general manager Lou Lamoriello announced restricted free agents Kieffer Bellows, Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov got new deals.
The Islanders did make some moves after missing the playoffs with coach Barry Trotz leaving and acquiring Romanov in a trade.
But until Monday, that was about it.
“There’s no disappointment with where we’re at because we feel very good about who we are, or we would’ve made drastic changes,” Lamoriello said per Sportsnet.
“Unfortunately, the options that we looked at, as I mentioned, to make hockey trades, we would not have gotten in return for what we had to give up to make us, in my opinion, a better team.”
So, who is better: Jonathan Huberdeau or Matthew Tkachuk?
Obviously there are plenty of variables in a question like that and it also depends on who you ask. It is a fun summer conversation however.
— The World Junior summer tournament is over and a couple of Florida prospects got a nice medal out of it.
— So, what should the Panthers expect out of Anton Lundell in his sophomore season?
— In case you missed it, we had a Florida Panthers Mailbag last week.
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— It looks like Ryan Ellis will not be ready for Opening Night. Philadelphia Flyers
— The Penguins sign assistant coach Mike Vellucci.
— Ollie Maatta thinks the Wings are going to take a big step forward this year. Detroit Red Wings
— Jonathan Dahlen is still a free agent. San Jose Sharks
— Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov did a podcast in Russia. Washignton Capitals
— More on Lou and the New York Islanders
— Sean Monahan leaves a legacy behind in Calgary. Calgary Flames