Pro Tip: Don't talk about the weather.
- The Islanders are talking to Jimmy Vesey! Uh, who is he again? [LHH]
- Vesey Mania has even extended to the celebrity world, where famous people stump for the Rangers, including that turncoat Noah Syndergaard [NHL.com]. The hysteria has caused a war to break out between Entourage stars on behalf of their favorite teams [NESN.com].
- Back on Planet Earth, Point Blank talks to Mathew Barzal about his summer and what he hopes will be his rookie year in the NHL this season.
- Yesterday, movie director Arthur Hiller passed away at 92. He helmed a few excellent films in his long career including Love Story, Silver Streak and The In-Laws. The last movie he directed, a hockey comedy called Pucked starring Jon Bon Jovi, is anything but excellent. Trust me. Watch one of the other ones this weekend. RIP.
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- Old man Matt Cullen is back in Pittsburgh for one more run at the Cup. [Pensburgh]
- The Rangers signed NCAA free agent John Gilmour, formerly of the Flames (not Pink Floyd). [BSB]
- And new Ranger Nathan Gerbe talks about playing in the NHL as a little guy. [Players Trib]
- Calgary still hasn't resigned RFA Johnny Gaudreau, but he's going to the World Cup of Hockey anyway. [Sportsnet]
- The Flames did hire former Coyotes (and yes, Islanders) GM Don Maloney as a pro scout. [M&G]
- Down Goes Brown remembers when being a restricted free agent meant teams did some crazy shit with them. Includes a brief appearance by a surprising Islander. [The Hockey News]
- Shocking: Goalies aren't in a rush to change their equipment. [Sportsnet]
- The World Cup jerseys will have ads for NHL partner SAP, and we're all supposed to be mad. [Puck Daddy]
- The jerseys will also have some future-tastic tracking tech that the NHL probably won't use the way any of us want them to. [NHL.com]
- Meanwhile, venerable hockey stuff maker Bauer faces fraud charges. Hope JOFA isn't a suspect, too. [TSN.ca]