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Islanders News: Summer plans, all-yellow Stanley Cup Final

I know which yellow I’m pulling for.

Nashville Predators v New York Islanders
“Hey, one cheetah to another, I got a few tips to help you over the next couple of weeks.”
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Thanks to those who weighed in with your “how I became a fan” stories yesterday. Hopefully you also like the overall design refresh. (If not, blame headquarters. We’re still adapting.)

The bad guys won in double-overtime last night, a frankly thrilling yet cagey-strategic Game 7 from the first faceoff on through both overtimes. That means a very yellow Cup final opens on Monday.

Islanders Reads

  • How did you become an Islanders fan? Here’s Dan’s story, with several more in comments. [LHH]
  • In his always enjoyable summer “Offseason Gameplan” series, Scott Cullen takes a look at the Islanders. [TSN]
  • It’s all over for Mathew Barzal in juniors, but he and his fellow Thunderbirds left a lasting impression on the WHL Seattle franchise. [Times Colonist]

Beyond the Island

  • About Last Night: A truly magical year for the Senators ends in gut-wrenching fashion. [Silver Seven]
  • Here’s the Cup Final schedule. [SB Nation]
  • We’ll probably start hearing about more Senators injuries now that they’re out. Some Ducks ones include Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen missing months due to shoulder surgeries. [OC Register]
  • Peter Laviolette joined some elite and cantankerous company when he took a third franchise to the Stanley Cup final. Wonder which team of his didn’t get there? [Fan Rag]
  • With Adidas taking over, 13 teams will have subtle uniform changes next season. [SB Nation]
  • Those of a certain age may not know mustache legend Lanny McDonald finished his career with exactly 500 (regular season) goals and his first and only Stanley Cup. [NHL]
  • The Devils are facing backlash after cutting ties with longtime radio voice Sherry Ross. [NY Post]
  • Steve Ott, assistant coach. (And retired at 34.) In St. Louis. [Blues] He and Darryl Sydor. [Blues]