Marketers, or maybe TV news media who regurgitate what marketers say, call today "Cyber Monday," which means you are supposed to spend your day at work shopping online for holiday gifts. That's different from how you spend your usual Mondays at work, which of course is reading about the Islanders and debating others at Lighthouse Hockey about how your team has tortured you.
In that spirit, we pass on to you, dear reader, a discount code for today only in our t-shirt shop: SBNCYBER15. Enter that code for a 15% discount off shirts from Gameday Depot today only. Not sure what that's all about? Dan's post here explains our first few t-shirts, where you will be indoctrinated into the LHH Party by taking an oath not to talk about the goaltending while keeping your battle level high.
Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck pulls together the annual NHL super schedule marking which teams travel the most miles, etc. He also does other cool things like pulling together the best prices for NHL team jerseys. If you're looking for the best Isles deal/discount today, check the listings and codes here.
Now on to the team and players who theoretically inspire us to buy stuff and advertise how crazy we are:
Calvin de Haan, Good Player Maybe
After being scratched for Radek Martinek in the first eligible game after his callup from the AHL, Calvin de Haan impressed. Quoted in a Post story by Brett Cyrgalis that's mostly about whether Jack Capuano is or will be on the hot seat:
"I thought he was one of our top defenseman out there tonight," Capuano said after de Haan logged 20:07 of ice time, got two shots on net and had four hits. "He is as advertised. He’s poised, good first pass, he makes good decision. I thought his gap was good, good stick. I really liked his game."
Newsday's Arthur Staple on Twitter:
Multiple people with #Isles loved what de Haan brought last nite. Steady and calm. D looked very different with him in the top 4 mix.
Staple had more from de Haan on his own expectations, in a piece linked here in yesterday's bits.
Also, if you followed directions and refused to read our bits yesterday, the other Newsday piece [linked yesterday] on "plenty of blame" includes the assertions that GM Garth Snow has made calls about trading for a goaltender, calls that apparently began with an offer of Nino Niederreiter for Cory Schneider at the draft.
(And speaking of Snow working the phones, that info is circulating throughout the echo chamber, from TSN to ESPN to the Fourth Period and beyond. If you are the type who is comforted by such things -- or who screams daily that calls should be made so that one may find comfort -- then take comfort. If you are the type who assumes working the phones is part of routine GM work with or without it being in the press, then carry on. As you were.)
Ryan Strome: Working to Earn a Recall that Sticks
Look for Mike Ashmore to have a story today about Bridgeport and Ryan Strome, among other topics. He teased some of it on Twitter:
"I feel like I've been ready for a while" when I asked about NYI.
"I want to go up there and make sure I don't come back. When that comes, I'll be ready to go."
Ashmore said Strome stressed improving his defense, as well.
Staple, meanwhile, like's Strome's candidacy if the Isles bottom six continues to struggle -- though as a center, not as a wing:
Ryan Strome now 3-6-9 last 6 games for BPT, 7-18-25 for season, 4th in AHL in scoring. #Isles taking note with some struggling forwards.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 1, 2013
@christriants Don't think Isles brass feels Strome has the size/strength to be an NHL RW just yet.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 1, 2013
Meanwhile, down on the farm Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post has details on Strome's performance in the third of a back-to-back-to-back over the weekend. At Soundin' Off:
... The bat out of hell? Ryan Strome, playing his most-physical game yet, in on all three goals.
"Sometimes you don’t get a point on the play, but you create a turnover," Strome said. "That’s what Halmo does most of the time. I returned the favor."
Strome scored a beauty from the right circle in the third to tie it...
And a taste of his gamer in the Post:
"For a young player, he's got a lot of responsibility," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said. "We depend a lot on him, and especially his line. They performed very well here this weekend. Tonight, they brought their level of intensity, their compete level."
Big win over conference leaders Manchester, and big weekend for Kenny Reiter, who played all three games and bounced back from a goalfest on Saturday.
- Last night's NHL scores. In the Metro, Carolina lost to Vancouver.
- Pure fun at Reddit: Vintage NHL '94 player creator app I made just for fun. It allows you to create your own customized player (using current NHL teams and uniform colors) and save it as an image.
- Daniel Alfredsson returned to Ottawa with the Wings. Their video tribute was pretty excellent (including footage of him boarding Darcy Tucker, which any fan can appreciate, but oddly does not include video of him firing the puck at Scott Niedermayer). [NHL Video]
- In the NCAA, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are now 17-1 after slaughtering Princeton, 9-1. So read Islanders' prospect performances there with the usual optimism guarded by caution.
- At least Princeton isn't the Leafs, who are allowing 36 shots per game. [Globe and Mail]
- Remember the 1996 World Cup, whose three-game final turned in a jiffy? New U.S. HHOF inductees Doug Weight and Bill Guerin sure do, as do today's U.S. NHLers.
- Evander Kane tours New York City, posts to Instagram. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- Not cool: Former Avalanche enforcer Scott Parker battling effects of concussions - The Denver Post
- If they aren't getting an NHL team, why is suburban Toronto (Markham) chasing an arena? [National Post]