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Bits: The Discreet Charm of the Bouchard-oisie. Also: Lee, Brunner & Cherry on Kovalchuk

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Anders Lee talks about his final season at Notre Dame and first on Long Island, while the Philly media remains unimpressed by the Islanders. Don Cherry and Larry Brooks weigh in on The Kovalchuk Affair, the Devils may have found their rebound and the Sabres have no idea what to do with their All Stars.

Conk Blockin' the Blues
Conk Blockin' the Blues
Al Bello

The dog days of the NHL off-season are in full bloom, which makes the oppressive weather seem even more stifling than it actually is. So while we huddle around Twitter hoping for any sign of life from the furthest reaches of the hockey universe like the screen-watchers at SETI, here are some interesting links for your reading pleasure.

ISLANDERS/ATLANTIC DIVISION NEWS

And what of the Islanders?

GM Garth Snow’s biggest move was to re-sign goalie Evgeni Nabokov and ink right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard from Minnesota, who got $2 million for scoring eight goals last season after scoring just nine the year before.

Right.

Good job good effort, Tim. (h/t to Keith for tweeting that story)

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

  • Monday, it became official: Ilya Kovalchuk is now a member of SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.
  • Let's face it: once the "retirement" was announced, everyone wanted to hear what Don Cherry had to say about it. Well, here's Grapes on honor, happiness, Christmas and Kovalchuk.
  • Larry Brooks also offers his theory on why Kovalchuk chose to return to his homeland. Larry thinks it's...well, it's not because...actually, I have no idea what his point is.
  • The Devils have some work to do to fill out their roster, and it appears they're closing in on Red Wings winger Damien Brunner.

AROUND THE NHL

Finally, Sunday was Bastille Day. I know how I celebrated: