Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Islanders Said to Be Dealing with Golden Knights

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Islanders Said to Be Dealing with Golden Knights

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The New York Islanders have a deal in place to send their first-round pick draft to Vegas to steer the expansion franchise toward selecting a designated player off the Isles' unprotected list, two NHL sources confirmed to Newsday on Monday.

The player designated for selection is believed to be winger Nikolay Kulemin, who has one year at a $4.2-million salary cap hit. There might also, according to the sources, be another piece in the deal going from the Islanders to Vegas.

It is unknown what that third component would be whether it's another draft pick, a player off the current roster or a prospect but there is a possibility that it would be Mikhail Grabovski, who has yet to be cleared to play after suffering a concussion in March 2016. Grabovski's $5-million cap hit is on the books for one more season for the Islanders.

Even if it is not Grabovski, who is working to resume his career, the third component would seem to be included to help give the Islanders more cap space. …

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