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Islanders News: Howie 'bout that; Halak hernia, Leddy love, lessons from 2008

Opportunity for a new voice.

It's not just my beard that looks good.
It's not just my beard that looks good.
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An assortment of reading about the Isles and the rest of the hockey world, not that you particularly care.

Islanders Reads

  • For the first time since the Maloney Mistake, the New York Islanders will have a new TV play-by-play man as Howie Rose is leaving the (Isles) booth so that he can actually have an offseason. [LHH | Newsday | Post | Eric Hornick with some Howie memories, some numbers and a SportsPhone mention]
  • Arthur Staple continues his position-by-position offseason outlook with part 2 of the forwards. [Newsday]
  • Also from Staple, an injury setback: Jaroslav Halak needs surgery for sports hernia, which multiplies all kinds of problems. [LHH]
  • On the impact of puck movement and protecting the blueline among defensemen: "of defencemen who played past the first round only Nick Leddy has successfully completed a higher percentage of his zone exit attempts than Hedman’s 58.6 per cent" [Sportsnet]
  • With the Oilers talking about dealing the fourth-overall pick in the "second tier" of prospects, it's instructive to look back at Garth Snow did something similar with the Islanders in 2008. [Oilers Nation]

The Rest of this Hockey

  • Phil Kessel had himself another big game as the Penguins rolled over the Lightning in Game 3. (Cheers to Brian Lawton for noting that Kessel has always performed in the playoffs, and to Keith Jones for saying being a secondary player helps, while Mike Milbury acts like he's suddenly found heart.) [Yahoo]
  • Quarterfinals this morning: Brock Nelson's U.S. plays Czech Republic and Finland plays Denmark at the Worlds in Russia, followed by Russia vs. Thomas Greiss' Germany and Canada vs. Sweden. [IIHF]
  • The Blues and Sharks resume in San Jose for Game 3 tonight. Fort McMurray native Scottie Upshall continues to play with a heavy heart for those who've lost everything back home, and gives heartfelt thanks to those who helped his family. [Players Tribune]
  • Paul Bissonnette drops association with an apparel company after they doubled down on tired "Cindy Crosby" references with a transgender slam to boot. [Out Sports]
  • Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts has all kinds of coaching search and free agency speculation, plus more on the Panthers going analytical with their draft analysis. [Sportsnet]
  • Former Penguin and Lightning Ryan Malone is retired, watching his old teams battle. [Triblive]
  • Rocky road to the NWHL's second season. [Vice]
  • The Predators post-mortem includes talk of change from David Poile and Peter Laviolette. [OTF]
  • Speaking of Preds and death, this eulogy was devastating. [Puck Daddy]