- There's a new ECHL affiliate in town - the Missouri Mavericks - who announced a two-year partnership with the Islanders yesterday. [LHH | Kansas City Star]
- Islanders Weighted SAT WOWYs, a.k.a The Friends and Enemies of Travis Hamonic. [FanPost]
- Youngster Joseph Veleno is the "next John Tavares," in the sense that he has been granted "exceptional status" to enter major junior. [The Hockey News]
- Game 5 of the Cup final is Saturday night. In the meantime, read about John Cooper's relationship with Duke lacrosse coach John Danowski, which included some trips to Islanders games during their time at Hofstra. [Charlotte Observer]
New York Riveters News
- Thursday was a busy day for New York's NWHL franchise. Most importantly, they inked the first free agent in league history, Clarkson Cup champion Janine Weber, to a contract as the team's first official player. [The Hockey News]
- Unfortunately, the team's home arena, Twin Rinks in East Meadow, has filed for bankruptcy after missing some rather large financial targets since opening last year. It's now looking for a buyer. [LI Herald].
- But GM/league commissioner Dani Rylan announced that the Riveters have an agreement to play, ironically, in Brooklyn at Aviator Sports and Events. See? Everybody really is moving to Brooklyn. [Today's Slapshot]
- By the way, because I know you're thinking it, their logo has been updated to look much less Ranger-y.
Coyotes and other wildlife
- Hockey People vs. Glendale, Arizona: The Coyotes and the NHL aren't going to take this canceled lease agreement lying down and have come out swinging [AP] | Even Mr. Connected Elliotte Friedman has no idea what's going to happen next (or where it will happen). | One thing is for sure: this teams needs to get the hell out of that crazy ass town. [Puck Daddy]
- The NHL has settled their blackout lawsuit and you may soon be able to buy team-specific package in the near future. [Reuters]
- Pascal Dupuis has been cleared to play next season and will receive medicine to thin the blood clots that threatened his career. [Post-Gazette]
- Smart lady Jen LC examine's Patrick Sharp's weird season for the Chicago Tribune.