Been busy on some other things, so no major thesis or probing question today. Hoping to add a news widget to the left-margin, but I have to tinker with that still before the porridge is juuust right. Mean time, here's stuff goin' on with the Isles and various other headcases before the road trip begins tomorrow in Washington:
Matt Moulson love: If you missed him on NHL Live [video here, beginning at about 45:00], Dee has a nice recap of an engaging interview about his journey to this point. A little love at the end of this Duhatschek column. And from the wayback machine: A chat Moulson did on ESPN while he was still a young pup at Cornell.
- Eric notes that seven games ties the max for an Isles road trip, and joins everyone hoping for a .500 return [Forever1940]
- But about that road trip: Is it season-defining? [L.I. Press] Trent Hunter is "possible" for Wednesday [from Newsday's Hillen feature] ... The Post devotes another lovely four-sentence update, with the ol' DiPietro bait ... Botta specs on who will sit for Trent Hunter psst: Sim ... Tambellini?
- The Rivalry has a very fun take on which Islanders jerseys are acceptable to wear, which are iffy, which are nicht nicht. I can never go wrong with the Bossy.
- Haven't talked Lighthouse in a while. Suozzi's fate still up in the air, and with LP and ToH, is this a stalemate between two movable parties? [Hockey Independent]
Off the Island: Crazy Goalies.
Already FanShotted Scott Clemmensen's hilarious inability to adjust to life away from the Devils system, but J.S. Giguere's lament about "having fun" only when he's starting, and preferring retirement to a backup role, had me laughing and thinking of Clemmensen all over again.
Dear NHL goalies: Your job is hard, this we know. But there are only 30-60 of them available, so you might accept that no one is entitled to diddly squat, and hope your bosses don't look to Europe for a guy who's both good and glad to be here.