From James Murphy of NESN.com
"So that is where the two parties stand. There were no reports of offer sheets, and while there have been recent rumors of the Islanders and Sharks inquiring about a Kessel trade and the Islanders possibly looking at Marco Sturm, follow-ups have turned up nothing substantial."
My thanks to KuklasKorner for the link. At least we now know that the Islanders have inquired about Kessel, and that Sturm is also on their radar. Sturm has a lot of speed, and could score a bunch of goals on a team like the Islanders. He could also help out on the power-play where he scores around one-third of his goals. We'll have to see if the Islanders are also after Zherdev after his arbitration meeting as he and Sturm will have close to the same contract.