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

Come back, McSoon.

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. []
  • 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]