Good morning and happy Monday. Today, we work. Tonight, we watch hockey. Specifically, Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Nashville. The Predators look to even the series, while the Penguins hope to head home with a 3-1 lead.
News of the Islanders
- We begin with the latest installment in the "Why I'm an Islanders Fan" series, heading off to Flagstaff, Arizona in the late 1970s with rcsharp71. [LHH]
- Edmonton Journal scribe David Staples also mentions Travis Hamonic as a possible acquisition should the Oilers trade Jordan Eberle, but thinks they ultimately won't move him. [Edmonton Journal]
- Andrew Rowe, who has been with the Sound Tigers for a couple seasons, has decided to take his talents to the cold winters of Sweden. [Soundin' Off]
- Good news, and only slightly related to the current Islanders: Kyle Okposo has visited Sabres facilities for the first time since his illness, and was in "good spirits."
- Anders Lee will participate in Da Beauty League in his hometown of Edina, Minnesota, along with many other current Minnesotan NHLers, in this summer tournament's return. [Sun Current]
News of the World (of Hockey)
- See, now this is the kind of drama I'm talking about! Sidney Crosby reportedly told P.K. Subban that his breath smells at some point during or after Game 3. [SBN] ... Or did he?!?! Because Sid says P.K. made that up. [SBN] Personally, I imagine Sid said something quite rude and offensive and P.K. is covering for him, which makes Sid calling Bad Breath-gate all the more confusing/dumb.
- Regardless, Nashville's Game 3 victory will go down into their young and not all that extensive lore. [Sportsnet]
- Meanwhile, Nashville seems like a fun-as-hell city that I now need to visit. Its fun, partying lifestyle has helped push the Preds, for some reason, according to Puck Daddy.
- Good ol' Brooksie thinks the Devils best shot at a good return for Ilya Kovalchuk is a deal with the Rangers. Who'd've thunk it? [New York Post]
- A draft profile on 6'4" Finnish winger Kristian Vesalainen. And after reading through, I gotta say: I still have no idea who he is. [HEOTP]
- And finally, a fantastic account of how the North Dakota Women's Hockey Team was born, rose up, and solidified itself as a strong program before its unfortunate termination. [Grand Forks Herald]