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Islanders News: They're gonna give daddy the Rain Man suite. You dig that?

I'll have the pancakes and the age of enlightenment, please.

Reach for the stars, kid.
Reach for the stars, kid.
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Islanders linkage

  • Ryan Strome gives a wide-ranging interview at Insight covering his entire season, the transitions from juniors to pros and what the present and future looks like for him and his teammates. Take the time.
  • Joshua Ho-Sang and the chip on his shoulder (the two are always talked about as a tandem) set their sights on the big club. []
  • The big Coliseum memorabilia sale at the Islanders Team Store was a chance for fans snag one-of-a-kind items and relive memories. The temperature outside was hot but the deals inside were HOTTTTTTER! [Newsday story and video | Gallery]
  • Grading the season and offseason piece by piece. [FanPost]

Out There

  • Gird your loins for expansion news. Yesterday was the deadline for bidders and all of two stepped up to the mic, Las Vegas and Quebec City. CP on the new Nordiques | Las Vegas Review Journal on Bill Foley's bid | Where's Seattle? Saving their pennies, according to TSN.
  • The Predators settled with forward Craig Smith on a new five-year deal just moments before their arbitration hearing. [OTF]
  • Glen Sather will have a banner retired by the Oilers this season. It should be shaped like a chewed cigar. [Oilers]
  • A trio of Korean players was invited to prospect camp by the Stars thanks to the relationship between Jim Nill and Jim Paek. []
  • PPP has video of the Leafs trying to trade their No. 4 overall pick at the draft for a bushel of Blue Jackets picks.
  • The Jackets didn't want the Leafs' pick but they do want your artwork.
  • Amanda Kessel won't play this season due to concussions, ending her college career. She finishes with 231 points in three seasons at Minnesota, which is kinda unfathomable. [Grand Forks Herald]
  • Hard to believe that the Sedins are nearing the end of their careers. Doesn't sound like they're going to leave Vancouver anytime soon. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • A trip down the somewhat glorious hockey history of Cleveland, starring one-time Lumberjack Evgeni Nabokov. [Third String Goalie]

Speaking of expansion, Missouri Mavericks GM Brent Thiessen talks about Kansas City's hockey culture and it's possibility as an NHL city. As long as it's not the Islanders, I'm all for it.