After the closing of the 2011-2012 season, things should start happening all over the place for the Islanders. Things we have to look forward to include; potential buyouts, our own free agent signings, the draft, (trades prior to or during the draft), the acquisition of other free agent help, the schadenfreude of watching cap strapped teams fall apart, the arena vote, training camp and I'm sure a few surprises along the way. On the schadenfreude note, we have this Larry Brooks/NY Post nugget on the Rangers inability to buy out Chris Drury because of a chronic knee injury...bwahahaha...ahem. That's my favorite. Anyaway, this can be the year that our hope and faith is rewarded and so far, Garth Snow has made the Islanders post-season memorable. May the magic continue.
In the wake of the Vancouver riots, much coverage of the actual hockey slipped to the wayside. Here is video of Bruins homer Jack Edwards reveling in the Bruins cup win. The CBC put together a playoff montage (which was linked yesterday as well) that by all accounts was outstanding. More links and Islander news after the jump.
Cup Coverage and Post Game Stuff:
Roberto Luongo: ‘We’re devastated … but we’ll be back’ | ProHockeyTalk
While many Canucks fans will want to get rid of him, Roberto Luongo seems positive about the team's chances of getting back to the Stanley Cup finals.
Thank You, Boston, For Ending this Season the Right Way - Behind The Net
A vignette to the Boston Bruins' Cup victory, and the extraordinary season of Tim Thomas.
Bruins won't be dismantled by the cap - The Globe and Mail
Smartly built Stanley Cup champs can return essentially their full roster next season
Now The Real Work Begins (Part 1) [The Prospect Park]
Islanders plan for draft - NYPOST.com
Not that this says...well, anything. But, it's weird that the Post got a Snow interview right? Maybe Newsday is on vacation???
Islanders prospects answer questions from Facebook and Twitter - New York Islanders - News
Check out what Calvin de Haan, Mikko Koskinen, Tony Romano, Aaron Ness and Matt Donovan had to say to the fans.
Around NHL and Junior News:
Ultimate Team Rankings - All Sports - SportsNation - ESPN
The Ultimate Team Rankings as voted by the fans on SportsNation.com. Find out where your favorite teams ranked. In some categories, the Isles stack up pretty well! In others, not so much.
A Look at Shot Quality - Behind The Net
News, analysis and opinion from the fan perspective.WHL: Sweeping changes to reduce brain injuries - Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey Blog - Yahoo! Sports
I may get a fanpost together later for more on the riots and the aftermath and follow-up as I find it a fascinating topic but would like to leave any debate out of the main threads. We have a review post for later on in the afternoon that looks at Lighthouse Hockey's preseason predictions and how we fared and as we receive them, we will continue to post the mock draft posts. Have a great day everyone, and remember, today the Rangers got stuck with a 7+ million dollar cap hit...Amen.