Dadi Nicolas isn’t going to Cleveland. He’s instead found a new home in Seattle.
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The Seahawks signed the linebacker Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
Nicolas appeared headed to Cleveland two weeks ago when the Browns and Chiefs agreed to a player-for-player deal with tight end Randall Telfer headed to Kansas City. But the teams called off the trade and released the players.
Elite Johan Larsson Jersey The Chiefs made Nicolas a sixth-round pick out of Virginia Tech in 2016. He played 11 games as a rookie, though he saw only 28 snaps on defense and 45 on special teams.
Ben Arledge, Insider NHL editor: While I love Chris’ Brayden Point selection and considered John Carlson from the other bench, I’m going with Yanni Gourde. The rookie potted 25 goals this season and eclipsed 60 points, yet he has just two goals in the playoffs, and none in the conference finals. The 26-year-old is due. Skating on a wing with Point and Tyler Johnson, and logging minutes with the second power-play unit, Gourde will be afforded plenty of opportunities to make a difference in Game 7.
Gourde has a nose for the net and a good shot, and I’ll look for him to play a sneaky big part in what I believe will be a Tampa Bay victory.
One of Lamoriello’s most pressing issues is Tavares, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The 27-year-old forward just finished a $33 million, six-year contract. He had 37 goals and 47 assists this season, finishing a goal and an assist shy of the career highs he set in 2014-15.
Lamoriello had nothing but praise for the star center, who will receive a lucrative long-term deal this summer from the Islanders or another team.
He’s one of the elite players, a gentleman both on and off the ice and he’s just a quality individual as well as a quality player, Lamoriello said.
Because the Islanders missed the playoffs the past two years, hiring Lamoriello is at the very least a sign to Tavares of ownership’s willingness to make improvements. Lamoriello led the Devils’ hockey operations from 1987 to 2015, reaching the Stanley Cup Final five times and winning in 1995, 2000 and 2003, and is well-respected for his management expertise.
That will be tested in his third stint running a front office, this time for a team that has had his son, Chris Lamoriello, as assistant GM since 2016. He takes over just a month before the draft and five weeks before the clock runs out on re-signing Tavares Reggie Sanders Youth jersey before he hits the open market, giving him tight deadlines to bring the Islanders back where they were in the 1980s when they won the Cup four times.