New York Islanders: Eyes on Isles Podcast Ep 98 Preview
The Eyes on Isles Podcast returns for episode number 98 as Matt and Mitch will discuss all things New York Islanders on and off the ice.
We’re moving the podcast up a day so we can go over free agency and boy was it a stressful day for the New York Islanders yesterday. It all started on Sunday evening actually thanks to some speculation.
Bob McKenzie and many others considered the Islanders the favorite to land Artemi Panarin. Oddly enough, even yesterday morning the Isles were still the favorites until the Rangers moved Jimmy Vesey to clear cap space.
Obviously, Panarin signed with the Rangers, leaving the Isles to resort back to Plan B. They re-signed Anders Lee and then pivoted to goalie Semyon Varlamov. The Varlamov deal isn’t without drama though.
The situation with Robin Lehner and how they got to Varlamov is a little sketchy, so we will be discussing what went down between both sides and why we would’ve preferred the Isles give Lehner the Varlamov deal.
Lastly, what’s next for the New York Islanders as they head into day two of free agency with some major holes left on the team. Here’s what you can expect from tonight’s episode:
The Artemi Panarin saga
The Islanders went from the favorites to missing out on Panarin in just over 12 hours. What went wrong for Lou Lamoriello and company.
Anders Lee extension
Anders Lee signed a seven-year $49 million deal. Is that fair and was the seventh year a panic move?
Robin Lehner/Semyon Varlamov
What happened with Robin Lehner and how they ended up getting to Varlamov and giving him the same AAV as Lehner but more term.
Who can the Islanders pursue next? This team can’t be done, where do the Islanders go from here in order to fill out the roster.
In the social segment, we’ll answer questions and talk about the biggest stuff from Isles Twitter this past week.
If you missed last week’s show you can catch up on it right here. Also, be sure to follow along with us on social media @EyesonIslesFS on Twitter and on Facebook as well.