New York Islanders

Six-year deal for Dubnyk is ’99 percent done’


Devan Dubnyk is close to cashing in on his remarkable bounce-back season.

From Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

The deal is “99 percent done,” according to GM Chuck Fletcher. It may not be announced until Monday.

Click here to see comparable cap hits for NHL goalies. The highest belongs to Henrik Lundqvist, at $8.5 million. Dubnyk, at $4.3 million, would be right between Steve Mason ($4.1 million) and Jaroslav Halak ($4.5 million). Which is more than reasonable for a Vezina Trophy finalist.

It’s Dubnyk’s six-year term that brings a higher degree of risk into the equation for the club. The 29-year-old has had wildly mixed results during his NHL career. Only a year ago he was worrying he could be out of the league completely. Now he’s about to turn a 39-game run into a contract that won’t expire until 2021.

Update: Here’s the latest word:

Related: So…what should the Wild do with Dubnyk?

More trades: Oilers send Marincin to Leafs, get Gryba from Sens


New Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli stayed busy on Day 2 of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft — shortly after acquiring Cam Talbot from New York, Chiarelli shipped out d-man Martin Marincin to Toronto, then acquired blueliner Eric Gryba from Ottawa.

The deals:

Marincin, a 23-year-old pending RFA, appeared in 41 games for Edmonton last year, scoring five points. The former second-round pick (46th overall, 2010) has split most of the last three seasons between the Oilers and their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.

Gryba, 27, heads to Edmonton with a more polished NHL resume and one year left on his two-year, $2.5 million deal. The Boston University product is coming off his best season, posting career highs in games (75) and points (12). He’ll be part of a new-look Oilers blueline next season, which will likely feature Griffin Reinhart — acquired from the Islanders yesterday — and Darnell Nurse, who could become a full-time NHLer next season.

Julien ‘pretty impressed’ with Sweeney’s moves


Claude Julien has a weaker roster today than he did entering the draft. Gone in separate trades are Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton, in return for prospects.

But the Bruins’ head coach struck a supportive tone late Friday when asked about his rookie general manager, Don Sweeney.

“First of all, I think you’ve got to give Don a lot of credit,” Julien said, per the Bruins’ website. “He’s come into this in this role and there was a lot on his plate, and a lot going on, and there were some tough decisions to be made, and personally, I’m pretty impressed with how he’s handled it.

“And that’s not to say that I’m happy that Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic are gone – we just lost two pretty good players, but those are moves that probably had to be made, obviously with the situation we’re in with the cap and everything else and the future.”

The decision to trade Hamilton was the most surprising. Sweeney offered a cryptic response when asked yesterday for an explanation.

“I think everyone considers Dougie as a foundational-type player,” said Sweeney, “and it was indicated to us that that might not be the case going forward in Boston.”

Regardless of why Hamilton left, the Bruins’ defense, a group that struggled last season to make up for the loss of Johnny Boychuk, will now have to try and make up for another big loss.

Sweeney called it “a great opportunity” for some of the “kids” on Boston’s defense — a sentiment with which his coach agreed.

“I can’t go into the year saying it’s going to be tough, I need to be optimistic, I need to believe,” said Julien. “We have guys who can skate, the Joe Morrows are down there, the [Zach] Trotmans, and there’s some more time here to maybe add if we need to.”

Trade: Oilers send picks 16 and 33 to Islanders for Griffin Reinhart


The New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers combined for an eyebrow-raiser during the 2015 NHL Draft.

The Oilers sent the 16th and 33rd picks in 2015 to the Islanders for defenseman Griffin Reinhart. GM Garth Snow & Co. already cashed in that 16th pick, nabbing Mathew Barzal.

Barzal could be an interesting upside guy for the Islanders, as the playmaker’s stock dropped a bit thanks in part to a knee injury. Read more about the prospect here.

(We’ll wait until Saturday to see what comes of that 33rd pick.)

Edmonton should be familiar with Reinhart, as he won a Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings. The 21-year-old’s name has been connected to interesting draft-day stories already, as the Columbus Blue Jackets memorably turned down a boatload of Islanders picks and took Ryan Murray in 2012, forcing New York to settle for Reinhart.

At least, it certainly seems like they settled considering this move.

The Oilers’ side is obvious, too: they add another young player and try to improve a shaky blueline in this bold swap.

First draft mystery solved: Coyotes select Dylan Strome third overall


The first two picks of the 2015 NHL Draft went as everyone expected, but now it’s time for intrigue. The Arizona Coyotes selected forward Dylan Strome third overall.

Strome brings size, skill and good genes to the table. The New York Islanders grabbed his brother Ryan Strome with the fifth overall choice back in 2011. (The Stromes might have another nice prospect some day with Matt …)

Dylan Strome lined up with Connor McDavid in 2014-15, grabbing the OHL scoring title with 129 points in 68 games as a member of the Lake Erie Otters. The Coyotes missed out on one of the two biggest names in this draft, but for an offense-needy team like Arizona, Strome seems like a logical fit.

Get to know more about Strome here.