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Islanders News: The Russians Are Coming! (Eventually. And one of them is actually Latvian so...)

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Hey, the kids want to play freeze tag now.
Hey, the kids want to play freeze tag now.
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Islanders linkage

  • Two KHL imports inch ever closer. Kirill Petrov's contract with Ak-Bars has been terminated and his signing with the Islanders appears to be a formality. Latvian forward Miks Indrasis also looks to be ready for his close-up. [LHH | CBS NY]
  • Ryan Strome helps his little bro prepare for the biggest day of his life. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Sound Tigers have added forward Colin Markison as a free agent. [Soundin' Off]

Outer linkage

  • It wasn't always pretty, especially for the goalies, but the Lightning took Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, dealing the Blackhawks their first home loss in a final since 1992. Pivotal Game 4 is Wednesday. [SB Nation]
  • Not playing in the Cup final is making Kimmo Timonen a sad Finnish panda. [BSH]
  • Bruins center Carl Soderberg will become a free agent because Boston (still) has no cap room. [NESN]
  • But there's still a chance Jack Eichel returns to Boston (University, that is). Yeah right, Jack.  [Sporting News]
  • The evolution of shot blocking. It's like the neanderthal-to-modern man picture except the ancient players start out upright and gradually lay flat on the ice to gobble up pucks. [PHT]
  • Great character Fred Brathwaite wants to be an NHL goalie coach. [Color of Hockey]
  • The man who spirited along Doc Emrick is still on the job into his 80's. [SI.com]
  • Your reminder that P.K. Subban remains awesome. In this episode, he just plays some pick-up street hockey with a bunch of surprised kids. NBD. [EOTP | NHLPA]