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Islanders News: Fourth line value, Sound Tiger Bulldog, something about the Cup final

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And let's not even mention the USMNT.

Money, it's a gas.
Money, it's a gas.
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The Stanley Cup final carries on with Game 3 tonight.

Islanders-Related Ingredients

  • How much is the "best fourth line in hockey" worth (even if it's basically a third line)? The answer is undefined, but certainly less than what it's currently paid after the Casey Cizikas contract. [Hockey Graphs]
  • We know you can't get enough Top 25 Under 25. Yesterday's entry starts the goalie train. [LHH]
  • The Sound Tigers scored Yale boy Ryan Obuchowski. [Soundin' Off | Yale news]
  • Ted Nolan and his sons visited a First Nation community to deliver a little dose of inspiration. [CBC]

Not NYI

  • With Game 3 approaching on San Jose ice, Marc-Edouard Vlasic totally wants him some Sidney Crosby matchup. [Sportsnet]
  • Joe Thornton is a key if the Sharks are to turn it around. [MSG]
  • And Pete DeBoer needs to embrace change. [Fear the Fin]
  • A late but still cool Cup final preview from Ryan Whitney and Mike Rupp. [Players Tribune]
  • At the scouting combine, some teams are chill during player interviews, some give personality tests, and nobody really needs to know English. [THN]
  • Brent Burns is the most challenging NHLer this tailor tailors. [SI]
  • Dean Lombardi constructed the sub-optimal U.S. World Cup roster with all kinds of team-building voodoo that is totally the kind of thing Scott Burnside would romanticize. [ESPN]
  • Alex Steen had successful surgery for a dislocated shoulder. Hockey players, man. [Kukla's]
  • Talk of P.K. Subban trade rumors (not at all likely), Steven Stamkos re-signing (they still want to), and Milan Lucic heading north. [ESPN | TSN Insider Trading video]
  • What would a Rick Nash trade fetch (other than more dramatic columns from Larry Brooks I mean)? [Blueshirt Banter]
  • More on Kirk Muller in Montreal: The hiring could really help. [HEOTP] Both parties were eager to make it happen. [HEOTP] P.S. FKM
  • Hey Quebec: Your expansion chances are slim. Blame the same dollar that lost you an NHL team in the first place. [TSN]
  • An add-on to yesterday's 1991 expansion draft trivia: You probably know Jeff Hackett was taken...did you know Jack Capuano was exposed? [each team's exposed list at Historical Hockey]
  • Meanwhile, Carolina's getting a bad rap with the Karmanos family drama, but it's the fastest growing market in the NHL. [Canes Country]
  • NOT HOCKEY, but the fun of sports (and analytics): On the culture of counting dots, and the areas of sport that doesn't capture. [Between the Lines]