The Islanders official site focuses on the playoff appearance to say the future is bright, while at the end of last week they were highlighting waiver-infused competition for roster spots during the season.
That competition only gets stiffer next fall, and one competitor is coming off a good season and a good World Championship for a surprising medal winner in Switzerland. The great Swiss run ended with a loss but a silver medal on Sunday, as host Sweden took the gold. Nino Niederreiter had a good tournament.
The U.S. team, knocked out by the Swiss in the semifinal, beat Finland in a shootout for bronze.
Meanwhile, back home in the melodrama, you'll be surprised to learn that Larry Brooks thinks the whole Brooklyn Islanders-to-Nassau-sometimes thing is silly (bold emphasis mine):
The Rangers/MSG already have approved the Islanders’ move to Brooklyn, as was required under the NHL constitution. There is no reason at all to believe they would green-light this hopscotch back to the Island
Hmm, is that because they care about the Islanders not invading full time, or because they're also involved in a bid to repurpose the Coliseum property?
- On Sunday, the Senators won in double-OT to put their series at 2-1. Meanwhile, the Bruins put up five on Henrik Lundqvist as they cruised to a win.
- Corey Pronman's view of the top 2013 draft prospects ranked 16th or lower.
- Eric Staal's injury is an MCL sprain, not a tear. So no surgery. Good news for the Canes.
- Refreshingly unconventional: The 2013 Alternative NHL Awards: Celebrating Hockey's Anti-Heroes - On the Forecheck
- Kerry Fraser hates the puck-over-the-glass penalty and also dreams of a world with officiating consistency. Heh.