Bits: Indiana Snow in 'Raiders of the Lost Goalie'

Get these snakes away from me, Jacques! - Joel Auerbach

Archeologist, adventurer and general manager Indiana Snow fights off Nazis, snakes and hard-drinking ex-girlfriends in a globe-spanning quest to find a pretty good and reasonably-priced goalie for his hockey club.

So much for the dog days of the NHL Off-season. Yesterday saw trades, signings, schedules, controversy and analysis.

LEAGUE BUSINESS:

ISLANDERS LINKS:

ELSEWHERE...

  • Justin Bourne ranks the NHL's 30 markets in order of desirability for free agents. Long Island comes in 22nd (suck it, Calgary!). Despite Bourne's concerns about the management and ownership, my belief has always been that if players got a chance to see beyond Uniondale, it would be a much different story. Big houses with big driveways for big cars, good schools, proximity to the city and a populace that will mostly leave you alone has to be pretty desirable.
  • And closing out our Backhand Shelf section, Dave Lozo does some Zeitgeist-style parody stories in his latest Bag Skate.
  • That was fast: One day after retiring, Blake Geoffrion was hired as a scout by the Blue Jackets. Good for him. Also hired by Columbus: former Islander Bob Halkidis. Bet you didn't think you'd see that name today.
  • Sportsnet's Luke Fox has spent months inside every NHL locker room and has run extensive background checks on every player on every team in the league. So, naturally, he has broken down who has the divine right and proper claim to the vacant captaincies of eight teams, including the Islanders. Because team captaincies are always chosen by internet votes and media guys.
  • We've been reading about Seth Jones for the last year, but this longform piece from SB Nation's Tim Sullivan is excellent and extremely comprehensive.
  • Fancystats Corner: Habs Eyes on the Prize has begun a basic "Fancy Stats Summer School" primer series for those who want to learn more about the latest in NHL numbers. Lesson 1: Corsi. Think of it as the introductory class to the more advanced series of fanposts garik did a while back.
  • Peter deBoer is ready to move on (via NY Post).
  • Dustin Penner is a Duck again (via NHL.com).
  • Pavel Datsyuk is irrepressible (via Puck Daddy).
  • Jaromir Jagr may be the Unibomber (also, Puck Daddy) .
  • Dan Carcillo, the man known as #GorillaSalad, was acquired by the Kings for basically a bag of pucks (via Jewels from the Crown).
  • If you're in New York City today, you can get a chance to play NHL14's NHL 94 Anniversary Mode at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store from 4-7pm. One attendee will be newest New Jersey Devil Cory Schneider, who will be taking on players from 5-6pm. Bonus points to anyone wearing a Roberto Luongo jersey to the event.
  • Who said there's no hockey news in July? Oh, right. I did.
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