New York Islanders News: Jaroslav Halak Trade Reactions; Thomas Vanek's Game 1

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Today is the first day of the rest of your fandom.

Good morning. Did anything happen yesterday?

A Goalie? A Goalie. A Goalie!
  • You may have heard: The Islanders acquired a goalie. A real one! We discussed it a bit here.
  • Jaroslav Halak's agent Allan Walsh says "absolutely" there is mutual interest in a long-term deal with the Isles. [Newsday]
  • A contract would make sense for both sides. [Sportsnet]
  • What would it take to sign him? Lot of factors in setting a price. [LHH]
  • Halak is "believed to be" seeking a $4 million salary on a 3-5 year term. [Post] Oh, and the Isles would bring Evgeni Nabokov back "under the right circumstances."
  • Universally: Halak would be an upgrade for the Isles, and a deal is likely to get done. [Sporting News]
  • For the Capitals, who conclude a quite bizarre saga with Halak, at least they got a 4th-round pick (Chicago's) back. [Tavares 26]
  • "Brian MacLellan, who is in his seventh season as the team’s assistant general manager, completed the trade and is handling those duties for now." [Wa Post]
Playoffs

Montreal and Boston kicked it off with a beauty, featuring a two-goal third-period comeback (but that only happens to the Islanders!?), one more lead and late equalizer, plus two overtimes. Carey Price was phenomenal, P.K. Subban scored twice.

More second-round series polls to come today. You can still weigh in with your pick for the Habs-Bruins series here. (Hot tip: Don't pick Boston in four.)

Did I say Price was phenomenal? What about his counterpart?

Thomas Vanek, the "Bruins killer," had the fourth-least ice time (18:58) for Montreal last night. Why?

Some speculated he must've been ill based on his shift lengths. We'll see. He was dynamite in the first round.

Elsewhere
  • You know what the Flyers need? "Speedy" Matt Moulson. [Philly Inquirer]
  • Ryan Miller discusses if he'll stay with the Blues or hit free agency. It's a two-way decision. [In the Slot]
  • All your clips of tossing and ranting and celebrating and singing by Mike Keenan after winning the Gagarin Cup. [Hockey News] I'm told it was a roster of ex-Oilers.
  • Todd Bertuzzi calls Detroit his favorite NHL stop. [Free Press] What, not Long Island?!
  • A rumbling that the Avs don't expect to re-sign Paul Stastny. [Twitter]
  • I still haven't watched these, but here's the theory behind the NHL's "Cupnappers" campaign this spring. Of course that dude is a Smurfs fan. [NHL]
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