Things are finally clearing up a bit thanks to the high-pressure system over the Beaufort Sea, which enables us to have a renewed look at what is going on between the Queen Elizabeth Islands (and the Northwest Passage):
What a difference 37 days make! Looks like some of that multi-year ice from the Arctic Basin will be pushed through Sverdrup Channel, Peary Channel, the Prince Gustaf Adolf Sea and Ballantyne Strait. Check out my previous animation of the NWP for a map.
Update August 13th: It took me a while but I managed to make close-ups of Peary Channel, Sverdrup Channel, the Prince Gustaf Adolf Sea and Ballantyne Strait. You can clearly see ice being transported southwards between days 221 and 224 (concentrate on bigger single floes). Here's Peary Channel and Sverdrup Channel: