- The team placed forward Sebastian Collberg on unconditional waivers for the purposes of a buyout, adding a final act turn to the Thomas Vanek Trade saga. [LHH | Soundin' Off]
- In Russia for the World Championships, Thomas Greiss played a good game for Germany despite giving up a Vesa Toskala Special. [LHH]
- Speaking of goalies, what the hell are the Islanders going to do with Greiss, Jaroslav Halak and Jean-Francois Berube? [LHH | Newsday]
- The New York Post's venerable gossip section Page Six reports that the Islanders spent their first post-elimination evening eating a ton of steak in New York City, all on Matt Martin's tab. Of bigger news, I think, is that the Islanders appeared in Page Six.
- Brandon beat Seattle 8-4 last night, making the Wheat Kings the WHL's champion and ending the season for the Thunderbirds. Mathew Barzal had one assist in the game and finished with a team-leading 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in the playoffs. [T-Birds]
- Welp. It's official. No Islanders prospects will play for the Memorial Cup, breaking a three year streak. No, it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. Still, it's a cool thing to follow in the Springtime.
- Our own North Dakota Red Eagle takes a statistical look at Anthony's Beauvillier's stand-out season. [FanPost]
Around the Rink
- The Lightning took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final in a game marred by dirty hits and an injury to Ben Bishop. [Raw Charge | Pensburgh]
- Game 1 of the West Final is tomorrow night in St. Louis.
- Some of you might remember Kevin Stevens as a power forward who was part of those high-powered 1990's Penguins teams, among others. Sadly, the drug issues that he had during his playing days persist and he was arrested for possession and intent to deal in Massachusetts. [Boston Globe]
- Despite a franchised record-setting season, the Panthers continue to shake up their brass. Assistant coach (and former Devil) John Madden is the latest to get the axe. [LBC | Miami Herald]
- Friend of the blog The Royal Half tackles the Capitals Eulogy for Puck Daddy, starring Donald Trump.