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Islanders readings

  • Anders Lee and alternate captain Brock Nelson are ready to rep the red, white and blue at the World Championships. The first round starts on Friday. [Islanders]
  • The NHLPA’s list of players exempt from the expansion draft includes injured guys like Mikhail Grabovski. [Custance Twitter]
  • The team’s prospect report is all about Linus Soderstrom and Mathew Barzal.
  • Speaking of prospects, here’s video of Worcester, where some of them will be spending some time next season:
  • Hey, good news! You can now park at Nassau Coliseum for just $20 if you buy online. Wow what a deal. This is sarcasm. [Newsday]

Won’t Somebody Think of the Sid?

  • It’s officially a concussion for the Penguins captain. [Pensburgh]
  • If you haven’t read the Rob Rossi “The Capitals conspired at a team meeting to hurt Sidney Crosby” article, you can save time by reading Puck Daddy’s Fire Joe Morgan-style version. Or, even better, read Mary’s in-depth takedown of the whole spoiled Pittsburgh media machine.
  • It’s funny how we can all look at the same incident and see completely different things. Warning: May induce 2015 playoff flashbacks. [WaPo]
  • Steve on the necessary need to do away with the “intent” aspect of the player safety equation. [The Unbalanced]
  • In all seriousness, everybody just wants Crosby to be healthy again. [NHL.com]

Around the league

  • Last night’s NHL scores. Nice, one Senators. And the Predators are up 3-1 in the series after a 2-1 win over St. Louis.
  • Crosby, Connor McDavid and Brent Burns are your Ted Lindsay Award finalists. [NHL.com]
  • Toronto signed still-sorta-young defenseman Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year contract extension. Yes, it’s excessive. [PPP]
  • The Leafs had a very good season because everything that could go wrong didn’t. Imagine that. [PPP]
  • A Flyers goalie prospect is going from NCAA to the USHL. [BSH]
  • Triple OT games are an exhausting experience for players (and sometimes fans). [PPP]