Finished rehashing the draft yet? No? Well, hurry up because Free Agency Free-for-All is Wednesday. Not a lot's expected to happen, but that's never stopped it from being crazy before.
- Read what the "experts" said about the Islanders' draft haul. Now updated with a few more entries. [LHH]
- Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts contain a few quick notes on the Islanders, including that negotiations with RFAs Thomas Hickey and Anders Lee are expected soon, with Brock Nelson (no arbitration rights) probably happening later.
- Today's Slapshot says the Islanders "crushed" the draft. That sounds good. And painful.
- Nassau will vote on whether or not to use the Islanders' Lighthouse Project fund to pay for the new practice digs at Cantiague Park. I'm sure this will go off without a hitch. [Newsday]
- Kate Murray's opposition for DA, Madeline Singas, had to cancel an Islanders Nation fundraiser. I don't much about Singas except that she's not Murray, which is good enough for me. [Newsday]
- A really great first-hand account of the draft from friend of the blog Achariya, who described it as a tribal ritual, with clothing and customs that seem strange to outsiders. [PPP]
- Oh man. With Dougie Hamilton shipped out of town, the Bruins character assassination task force reported for duty per Boston law. [SCOC]
- How your free agent sausages are made. [The Hockey News]
- Sports Illustrated works some weird analytics magic on this weekend's draft picks. I don't know what's going on but Mathew Barzal looks good so I'm okay with it.
- Old pal P.A. Parenteau was placed on waivers by the Habs yesterday for buyout purposes. Count me among those who would like to see him back in blue and orange. If only because we can use this video more often again.
- Waive 'em all: Mike Richards is also hitting waivers on the road to buyout from the Kings. [NHL]
- The Wild reached a six-year deal with Devan Dubnyk. So it wasn't a dream after all. [NHL]
- This year's Hall of Fame inductees will be announced today. The fact that Sergei Fedorov's name is up for debate is a good reminder that the process needs some kind of overhaul. [Detroit Free Press]
The Wall Street Journal is already making the comparisons between Andong Song and Chinese cultural icon Yao Ming. I'm happy for the kid and I hope he works out, but let's pump the breaks a little, guys. Here's a video from CCTV about Song's big day.