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Islanders Gameday News: Lee leaves the lakes; LaFontaine's legacy; Long Islanders' lament their loss

Time to walk on the Wild side (of the ice. A lot. We hope).

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RIP Bryz
RIP Bryz
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The Minnesota Wild are in town to play the Islanders and pay their respects to GREAT AMERICAN Pat LaFontaine, who will be vetted tonight at Nassau Coliseum. Game time is 7 pm but the Niederreiter/Vanek/Spurgeon/Michael Russo booing starts whenever you get there.

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Islanders notes

  • The Islanders' final games this season are against some tough hombres from the west. [Newsday]
  • Anders Lee is a GOOD MINNESOTA BOY on a team full of them. [Twin]
  • Lee versus Kevin Hayes. Who ya got? (I mean, I already know who everybody here has. But the article compares them, so...) [Along the Boards]
  • LaFontaine is the man of the hour, getting a write-up in the Times and stopping by both the Point Blank podcast and the Butch Goring Show. The man's got stories.
  • An Islanders prospect round-up from the team.
  • Ottawa's remarkable run has shades of the 92-93 Islanders. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • Minnesota-Mankato goalie Stephon Williams is one of the players to watch in the Frozen Four. [THN]
  • Neil Best profiles Eric Hornick and his "It Happened at the Coliseum" shirts that have benefited the Make a Wish Foundation.
  • This article about the move to Barclays Center has everything: misplaced anger, complaints about the off center scoreboard, fear of public transportation, comparisons to Detroit squeezing its citizens for billions, oblivious proclamations that the Islanders will return to Nassau in five years and a random Rangers fan interjecting his opinion for some reason. A true portrait of American life. [Long Island Report]

All over the place

  • Sad news from Pittsburgh as blood clots will keep Pascal Dupuis from returning this season. [Pensburgh]
  • Justin Abdelkader scored an OT goal with a broken stick. The Blues and their fans didn't like it. Winging It In Motown says too bad.
  • It appears Coyotes Goalie Whisperer Sean Burke is a free agent looking for a management gig. [Fox Sports AZ]
  • Could Ilya Kovalchuk being looking to return to the NHL? Sources say "who knows?" [Puck Daddy]
  • The Senators took the next logical step in "Hamburglar Mania" and hired Ronald McDonald as their goalie coach. Not really. [LHH Zeitgeist]
  • News Flash: It's more than just Andrew Hammond driving the Senators' hamburger truck these days. [Globe n' Mail]
  • A long-distance fan gets to live his dream and skate in the Hurricanes alumni game. [News & Observer]
  • Say goodbye to the Brendan Byrne Arena/Continental Airlines Arena/Izod Center, which closes its doors soon. [North Jersey]