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The Daily: Are the Kadri to Islanders Pieces About to Fall Into Place? Goalie Moves Coming?

It may be mid-August but there’s plenty of trade talk in NHL circles



Robin Lehern, Vegas Golden Knights
Robin Lehner of the Vegas Golden Knights is out for the season following hip surgery.

Stefan Rosner of the Hockey Now New York Islanders site is expecting the dominoes to begin to fall shortly. The endgame of all of these machinations will be seeing unrestricted free agent center Nazem Kadri signing with the Islanders.

ESPN reporter and former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes, about as plugged in an NHL insider as there is in the business today, is suggesting that four different Islanders transactions will be taking place. The objective is that these moves will be opening up salary cap room for the Kadri contract.

The Detroit Red Wings were among 10 or 11 NHL teams that originally enquired about Kadri’s services early in the free agent period when it began on July 13. But Detroit was not a player in the Kadri sweepstakes for long.

Lehner Out – Goalies Moves In The Offing?

Last season, the Vegas Golden Knights went two deep in No. 1 goalies. At the NHL trade deadline, Vegas shipped Marc-Andre Fleury to the Minnesota Wild. Now, news from the Golden Knights that No. 1 goalie Robin Lehner is out for the season following hip surgery is leaving the club without a front-line puckstopper.

This could lead to some trade movement on the goalie front. There’s speculation about Jake Allen of the Montreal Canadiens being available for the right price. Free agent Braden Holtby could be an option for Vegas. There was also earlier trade speculation that John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks might be on the move. As well, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now is reporting that the Sharks would be willing to part with James Reimer for a second-round pick.

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Boston: Swedish Boston Bruins prospect Fabian Lysell is lighting it up at the World Juniors.

Philadelphia: The trial of Russian goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov of the Philadelphia Flyers is set to begin on Sept. 20. He’s facing accusations of avioding service in the Russian Navy.

Florida: Sylvain Lefebvre, a Stanley Cup winner with Colorado, is joining Paul Maruice’s staff with the Florida Panthers.

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Washington: Todd Nelson, coach of the 2016-17 Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins, is taking over as head coach of the Hershey Bears, AHL farm club of the Washington Capitals.

Vancouver: The subject of trade speculation, center J.T. Miller insisting that he wants to be staying with the Vancouver Canucks.

Calgary: Is Milan Lucic about to become the next member of the Calgary Flames to be put on the trading block?

Montreal: Juraj Slafkovsky, taken first overall by the Montreal Canadiens, recently became the youngest player to win Slovak Player of the Year.