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Did the Islanders lose players in free agency? Absolutely, they lost key pieces to the team from last year. Though Garth Snow signed Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera and PA Parenteau in order to try to replace what they had lost.
According to Mike Harrington the Islanders failed miserably in free agency. Harrington writes for the Buffalo News so this may explain some of his opinions.
With lines like “there won’t be too many celebrations in Brooklyn” or “Those are some poor swaps. If you’re looking for one playoff team from the East that’s destined to slide next season, the Islanders would be a good choice.” it’s hard to take his opinions too seriously.
I think the loss of Frans Nielsen will end up hurting the Islanders the most, but I really don’t see how this team took a step back. Even taking off the blue and orange glasses for a second and looking at it unbiased I see a team who tried to increase scoring.
The Islanders weren’t expecting Okposo back, so they brought someone in who won two cups and captained another team. As Harrington said Okposo played more on the second line where as Ladd will be on the first line so that could be looked at as an upgrade. When times are quiet in the hockey world it turns into hot take central.
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the Hockey Writers makes the case for Ryan Strome replacing Frans Nielsen. Lots of interesting points in this one, I think Strome may have a ways to go but we might be on to something here (the Hockey Writers)