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Seen Stamkos?

Not the worlds, but still a delightfully awkward picture of the IIHF head awarding an ugly trophy.
Not the worlds, but still a delightfully awkward picture of the IIHF head awarding an ugly trophy.
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Happy (?) Monday and thanks for sticking with us through a long season and the weeks after. This week begins our report cards, draft talk, and other fun offseason traditions that are starting a bit later (hooray, winning a playoff round!) than usual.

Islanders Reads

  • Our own Dan Saraceni plus Brian Compton of NHL.com were guests for Hockey Night in New York, including some more talk about the new owners, "a splash," and speculation about seeing Stamkos. [BlogTalkRadio (giant pop-up ad warning)]
  • Speaking of which, a season review and a look ahead. [Isles Talk]
  • Cool footage from Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero at the Isles' Girls Hockey Day. [Newsday]
  • In the IIHF World Championship medal rounds, the U.S. was trounced by Russia for bronze and Canada beat Finland for gold. [LHH]
  • Losing is a part of the business. Even Bill Torrey knows that, as he shared in his commencement speech at St. Lawrence U. [Watertown Daily]

Beyond Brooklyn

  • Nikita Kucherov tied it late on a wraparound, and the Lightning won early in overtime to take a 3-2 series lead. [Raw Charge]
  • Even if the Penguins overcome that one, they'll be without Trevor Daley for the duration. [PensBurgh]
  • Florida's new GM was coach of Lokomotiv after it lost its roster in the tragic plane crash. [Times]
  • Troy Brouwer and Kyle Brodziak are two junior teammates who took the long road to the NHL, and find themselves as playoff heroes on the same team. [Sportsnet]
  • How does one contain Joe Thornton? (Not his beard.) Mike Fisher and Dustin Brown offer different views. [ESPN]
  • Having made a switch in goal for Game 4, the Blues will stick with Jake Allen in Game 5. [STLtoday]
  • It's 20/20 hindsight season at the Post, specifically Brooks on the Carl Hagelin trade, which the Rangers should have apparently built with a "you can't trade him back to the division for three years or else" clause. [Post]
  • These playoffs have shown the value of goalie tandems. [Sportsnet]
  • In which Georges Laraque helps nab a kidnapper. [Montreal Gazette]