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]
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?
T.Rask: "I was shit." #HabsBruins— Richard Labbé (@Richardlabbe) May 2, 2014
Thomas Vanek, the "Bruins killer," had the fourth-least ice time (18:58) for Montreal last night. Why?
Michel Therrien says Thomas Vanek is not hurt. "We were looking for combinations that would help us win the game."— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) May 2, 2014
Some speculated he must've been ill based on his shift lengths. We'll see. He was dynamite in the first round.
- 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]