So in my mind, why is it common currency at all that this region will have any multi-year sea ice hanging around? It is all moving toward either the Nares or Fram Strait.
There is no haven for multi-year ice.
UPDATE: A commenter at neven's reminded me that the Canadian Met Office has regional photos of the Canadian Arctic:
See the white dot? It sits on Ellesmere Island. To the south is Axel Heiberg Island. Note the strait between them. Ice at the mouth of the strait is all broken up. To the north, along the west coast of Ellesmere, the land-fast ice shelves are disappearing. Directly to the north of the northern tip of Ellesmere was where the "ice arches" used to be at the head of the Nares Strait. It's all broken up there too.
This time the post is actually written by me for a change --