In a cruel twist of fate, the Easter Bunny left all of the Islander children Gillies mustaches...and they just bullied those Penguin children all day.
A news item many of us missed this week was NHL disciplinarian Colin Cambell's *appearance* on The Best of Cybulski & Compa on TSN Radio 1050. Lighthouse Hockey will have more on the podcast tomorrow and we have plans for a roundtable (translated: we don't have it scheduled yet, but we're getting there!) Flashlight Radio segment on the interview. In short, Campbell begins the interview immediately on the offensive regarding the criticism of disciplinary actions and he continues to be condescending, confrontational, combative and at times, uses inappropriate language. It is the first time he goes from "hapless bungler" to "you want me on that wall...you need me on that wall!" Is this the beginning of the end of his tenure or just a blip on the screen for the man the NHL has, to this date, propped up and backed as a good man with a good heart with a difficult job? Questions and comments are welcome and may be used on the air and addressed in the Flashlight Episode 3. After the jump, links to ignore your family with.
New York Rangers keep John Tortorella with new deal, report says - ESPN New York
According to the New York Post, Rangers coach John Tortorella has signed what is believed to be a three-year extension to remain behind the bench.
Happy Birthday Frans Nielsen! (Team Tweet)
Campbell goes on tirade - The Globe and Mail
NHL disciplinarian gets in shouting match during TSN Radio appearance Wednesday night.
The NHL's Goal Horns, In Order | The Awl
Finally, you can wake your wife/husband/children pretending Tavares scored.
Looking at Defensive Forwards - Behind The Net
Rob Vollman (The same guy who created the "Goaltending Quality Start" metric) looks at defensive forwards.
Former Isles in Stanley Cup Playoffs - New York Islanders - News
Updated former Islander stats current through yesterday. How annoying is it that there is about 35 of them.
NHL: Jackets inquire about moving to East | The Columbus Dispatch
Our favorite midwestern blowhard (Portzline) apparently may get to bash the Islanders form better proximity. George Malik via Kukla's Korner indicates that the Red Wings have been looking into this for some time also.
NHL takes backward stance on brutal hits - NYPOST.com (Larry Brooks gets another one right...he's on a roll)
Maybe next year the diagram of the rink in the NHL rulebook will be updated to include designations for the offensive zone, the defensive zone, the neutral zone ... and the kill zone.
And don't forget our "Where's Nabokov" fanshot from Fabtraption that has been updated several times and includes a google translation of an interview from SovSport. In summary, it looks like we can trade him after the season and Garth Snow has given Nabokov permission to play in the world championships to showcase his talent. Play well Nabby...and be gone.
There are several other recent fanposts that will get some debate going. Be sure to check those out as well.
An interesting item came through from Ryan S Clark indicating that Northeastern coach Greg Cronin has left the team to coach in the AHL. There is a team with a vacancy (Bridgeport), we just signed Tyler McNeely, and Cronin has apparently coached Bridgeport before. Additionally, Cronin is heading out to help coach Team USA at the worlds whose head coach is currently Islander
assistant to, director of, consultant, ex-head coach Scott Gordon. (Tweet here)
And finally, the Odessa Jackalopes have lost their playoff series and final game as a franchise as tweeted by Fornabaio.
Enjoy your Sunday everyone, and to those celebrating, Happy Easter.