[Bits] Ladies First, Bossy in the Bronx, a visit from Carkner and Na Zdorovie Niinimaa

Looking good, Louis. Feeling good, Billy Ray. - Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Carkner is in, Niinimaa is out and Bossy is eternal.

Day two without the NHL. Don't worry: the ladies have arrived.

Islanders bits n' things:

Sochi Stuff:

  • The lovely ladies of international hockey took center stage Monday and the Canadians and Americans did nothing to dissuade anyone from thinking they'll play for gold at some point. [SB Nation]
  • (Men's) Team USA GM David Poile won't be joining the squad in Sochi as he's still recovering from taking a puck in the melon last week. Ray Shero will act in his stead. [On the Forecheck]
  • Good guy David Backes is trying to save the dogs of Sochi and the world. [Puck Daddy]
  • The big ice might be just the thing to get Ottawa's Erik Karlsson fully armed and operational again. [Silver Seven]
  • Jewels from the Crown is going all-in for Team Slovenia and their boy Anze Kopitar. Here's all you need to know about the country's history in international competition.

The Rest:

  • Gary Bettman on outdoor games, that big fat TV deal and Gene Simmons. Yes, really. [Sportsnet]
  • Tyler Dellow delves very deeply into the weird season Taylor Hall is having. [mc79hockey]
  • Icethetics has some early intelligence on possible NHL jersey changes for next season.
  • Ben Scrivens' wife Jenny writes a guest post at The Royal Half about the trade that brought them to Edmonton. Not a parody. Actual Jenny.
  • Down Goes Brown sums up the seasons for all 30 NHL teams so far and what to look for on the other side of the Olympics. Read it and catch up. You got nothing but time. [Grantland]

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