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New York Islanders News: Jaroslav Halak Trade Reactions; Thomas Vanek's Game 1

Today is the first day of the rest of your fandom.

Come with us, and you'll never have to face this again.
Come with us, and you'll never have to face this again.
Bruce Bennett

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?

Thomas Vanek, the "Bruins killer," had the fourth-least ice time (18:58) for Montreal last night. Why?

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]