Gomez leaves the Islanders
Mike McKenna: Though there is still some ‘gas left in the tank,’ will be retiring from professional hockey.
Will Pominville get a deal?
He’s spoken with Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill and knows where the Sabres sit with it.
Pominville hopes to play this year but knows it may not happen.
“I know I can still play, I know I can still produce,” je said. “But I think the biggest thing right now is family. We got to be in a situation that’s good for everyone. When you play, you kind of have to be a little selfish in some ways to be able to have success. You kind of miss a lot of things like family-wise. I want to make sure I’m there a little bit more.”
Kekalainen on Duchene and Werenski
“But it was a bit of a two-way street . We felt where our team was at, to give up another first-round pick and then go into the term of that new contract with the dollar amounts that were involved … it was a tough decision for us, too.
I’m sure he had a lot of options. Everyone talked about Nashville. Everyone seemed to think that’s where he was going all along. And that’s where he did go. It is what it is. Panarin was the guy we did everything to keep.”
The Blue Jackets did what they could right up until the ‘start’ of free agency with Artemi Panarin – giving him a fair contract and trying to make him feel appreciated.
Kelalainen on RFA defenseman Zach Werenski.
“We think it should be resolved before the team gets together and gets ready for the season.”