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After the closing of the 2011-2012 season, things should start happening all over the place for the Islanders.  Things we have to look forward to include; potential buyouts, our own free agent signings, the draft, (trades prior to or during the draft), the acquisition of other free agent help, the schadenfreude of watching cap strapped teams fall apart, the arena vote, training camp and I'm sure a few surprises along the way.  On the schadenfreude note, we have this Larry Brooks/NY Post nugget on the Rangers inability to buy out Chris Drury because of a chronic knee injury...bwahahaha...ahem.  That's my favorite.  Anyaway, this can be the year that our hope and faith is rewarded and so far, Garth Snow has made the Islanders post-season memorable.  May the magic continue.

In the wake of the Vancouver riots, much coverage of the actual hockey slipped to the wayside.  Here is video of Bruins homer Jack Edwards reveling in the Bruins cup win.  The CBC put together a playoff montage (which was linked yesterday as well) that by all accounts was outstanding.  More links and Islander news after the jump.

Cup Coverage and Post Game Stuff:

Thomas with Conn Smythe, Mom with Beer

Roberto Luongo: ‘We’re devastated … but we’ll be back’ | ProHockeyTalk
While many Canucks fans will want to get rid of him, Roberto Luongo seems positive about the team's chances of getting back to the Stanley Cup finals.

Newspapers In Vancouver, Boston Capture Completely Different Emotions From Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 - From Our Editors -

Video: The awkward glory of the Bruins, Canucks handshake line - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Boston Bruins Parade To Be Held Saturday As City Celebrates 2011 Stanley Cup -

Thank You, Boston, For Ending this Season the Right Way - Behind The Net
A vignette to the Boston Bruins' Cup victory, and the extraordinary season of Tim Thomas.

Contrarian Corner: Don't Blame Luongo | FlamesNation

Bruins won't be dismantled by the cap - The Globe and Mail
Smartly built Stanley Cup champs can return essentially their full roster next season

Isles News:

Let There Be Light(house): "The Coliseum Tax"

Hub advisory panel puts off first meeting

DEMS’ FIGHTIN’ WORDS: Mangano’s a "Liar"Also: Coliseum deal details presented next week ·

Now The Real Work Begins (Part 1) [The Prospect Park]

Islanders plan for draft -
Not that this says...well, anything.  But, it's weird that the Post got a Snow interview right? Maybe Newsday is on vacation???

Islanders prospects answer questions from Facebook and Twitter - New York Islanders - News
Check out what Calvin de Haan, Mikko Koskinen, Tony Romano, Aaron Ness and Matt Donovan had to say to the fans.

Around NHL and Junior News:

Vote for NHL goal of the year on facebook.

Mohr returns to Las Vegas to host 2011 NHL Awards - 2011 NHL Awards

Quebec Lobbying commissioner probes Quebec City arena dealNew Assistant Coach: Adam Deadmarsh - Mile High Hockey

Uni Watch readers redesign Atlanta Thrashers gear for Winnipeg move - ESPN

Ultimate Team Rankings - All Sports - SportsNation - ESPN
The Ultimate Team Rankings as voted by the fans on Find out where your favorite teams ranked.  In some categories, the Isles stack up pretty well!  In others, not so much.

A Look at Shot Quality - Behind The Net
News, analysis and opinion from the fan perspective.WHL: Sweeping changes to reduce brain injuries - Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Quebec Lobbying commissioner probes Quebec City arena deal

QMJHL: Au revoir, Juniors — Boisbriand lands a team - Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Kabanov moving again?!?!?!


I may get a fanpost together later for more on the riots and the aftermath and follow-up as I find it a fascinating topic but would like to leave any debate out of the main threads.  We have a review post  for later on in the afternoon that looks at Lighthouse Hockey's preseason predictions and how we fared and as we receive them, we will continue to post the mock draft posts.  Have a great day everyone, and remember, today the Rangers got stuck with a 7+ million dollar cap hit...Amen.