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My god. I hope he's alright.
My god. I hope he's alright.
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Welcome to the 2014 NHL off season. Please keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times.

Islanders stuff

Your daily Dan Boyle: The Decision update:

Stanley Cup Final Final

  • Our Lighthouse national nightmare is over: Alec Martinez's goal in the second overtime lifted the Kings over the Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final and to Los Angeles' second Cup in three years. Justin Williams is your Conn Smythe Trophy winner because he owns the playoffs. Henrik Lundqvist tried his damnedest, but... oh, that's a shame.
  • Congrats to the good folks at Jewels From the Crown on a great season. Stop by and say hello. [FRIENDLY NON-PARENTAL ADVICE:  if you plan on gawking over at Blueshirt Banter, please remember to represent the Islanders, LHH and most importantly yourself, as best you can. In other words, don't be a dick.]
  • How Alain Vigneault helped Anton Stralman become the guy everybody wants their team to sign this season. [NHL.com]

Otherwise:

  • Kimmo Timmonen, the rare likable Flyer, returns to Philly for another year. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Wait. The Red Wings should trade FOR Ville Leino? Winging it in Motown crunches the method behind the madness.
  • Hirings! Goalie coach Mitch Korn moves from Nashville to Washington, and Olie Kolzig gets reassigned. [Russian Machine] | Former Hockey Canada boss Bob Nicholson takes a fancy job with the Oilers. [Globe n' Mail]
  • The Sabres want to host the NHL Draft combine. [Sportsnet]
  • Garnet "Ace" Bailey, a Kings scout who was killed in the September 11th attacks, was a member of the WHA's Edmonton Oilers and Third String Goalie pays tribute to him on his birthday.