Some readers and writers here love Roberto Luongo and rue the day he left, and some don't quite like him (but still rue the day he was dumped by Milbury).
I'm always torn: I try to keep an open mind on what is truly a fantastic goalie, but I confess his post-goal body language -- the look to the skies in disbelief, then the not-quite-accusatory but not-quite-"it's cool, I got this" look at his defensemen -- has always unsettled me.
Last night at rec hockey the topic came up among buddies who don't care a bit about the Isles or Canucks or Bruins. A few of them voiced the same. They had a chuckle when Luongo was pulled last night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals, where the Bruins evened the series at 2-2 after a Tim Thomas shutout. [Nucks Misconduct reels at the smoking. Stanley Cup of Chowder celebrates with player quotes.]
There are many more topics than that to weigh today, so follow after the jump for some links -- and video of Thomas and Alexandre Burrows getting into it in garbage time.
Tim Thomas vs. Alexandre Burrows
- Newsday tries to get a different angle on the Coliseum each day. One day it's with storm clouds overhead, the next day it's with weeds in the parking lot. Today "the issue revolves around whether the referendum, estimated to cost between $1.6 million and $2.2 million, is considered to be binding or advisory, and whether it complies with state and local law."
- Is it binding or is it advisory? And if not the former, is it legal? Long Island Press also has a healthy write-up on this. (Not sure which pub was first; don't care.)
- Meanwhile: Ed Mangano, cozying with some Democrats.
- Dee/7th Woman sought my input on the Islanders draft, so I totally gave her my hedged bets here.
- Kerry Fraser had some great stuff about the combative Garth Snow during his playing days (Tim Thomas-esque). The link and our FanShot discussion is here.
- In between lacrosse updates -- a man's gotta work, you know -- Michael Fornabaio passes on word that ex-interim Sound Tigers coach Pat Bingham has found a new job.
- Chris Botta talked to WHL Portland WInterhawks head coach/GM Mike Johnston, and he sounds resigned to losing both Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Johansen to the big leagues.
- Speculate as you will -- we will! -- but the Isles PR staff don't know who Snow wants to pick.
NHL Draft Links
LHH Mock Draft Update: Buffalo selected and Montreal selected yesterday, so we're moving along at a good pace.
- Hockey Prospectus with Corey Pronman's top five. He still really likes Couturier, but he doesn't see much sexiness for any of the draft's top prospects. (Adam Deadmarsh?!)
- Having considered those, here are some notes of reason regarding the draft at Prospect Park.
- Avalanche scouts appear to believe Ryan Nugent-Hopkins walks on water and can see the future.
- Adam Larsson at the NHL Combine.
- Oleksiak isn't just a big lug, he's a skilled big lug.
- Top-rated American Brandon Saad meets the media.
- Bill Guerin has found a new job, and it's not as Captain McNulty on The Wire.
- Martin Biron, despite "better seasons," has had a worse two years than Devan Dubnyk. I remember one of them all too well.
Krys Barch says Maxim Lapierre probably "doesn't have an ounce of man in him," which is one of the more creative descriptions of Lapierre's toolishness I've seen.
- Math, logic, sense: Oilers bloggers and their stodgy media disagree a lot.
- There were lots of Jeff Carter rumors yesterday from the NHL GM meetings. Paul Holmgrem needs to shed someone for cap and goalie reasons, but I can't believe it's Carter, and I don't believe a sane team takes on his DiPietro-esque contract. For some mysterious reason they acquired Ilya Bryzgalov's negotiating rights [LHH FanShot discussion here], and the man apparently wants north of $6 million per year. The Flyers, as discussed in this FanShot, aren't quite right.
- Cheers to the Baby Senators, who won the AHL title for Steve Stirling, who is recovering from quadruple bypass.
I don't know about you, but I feel really odd not knowing which team in these finals I'd rather
lose win it all.