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Islanders News: Who leaves a country filled with ponies to come to a non-pony country?

I had pony. My sister had pony. My cousin had pony. We all had ponies!

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders
How about getting an emperor penguin on the other arm?
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Nope. Sorry. Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final is tomorrow night.

The Why I’m a Fan sweepstakes ends tomorrow so get off your ass and write one. We’ll have at least one new entry front paged today to add to the previous great responses.

Islanders news

  • Scott Gomez is taking his first coaching role very seriously and wants to bring a wealth of knowledge to the Islanders. [Puck Daddy]
  • A really neat article from the Islanders site about their expansion draft haul on its 45th anniversary. True story: I was going to write a piece about this for the week of this year’s expansion draft, but Cory at the Islanders wrote a better one and saved me a ton of work. Win-win.
  • Bill Torrey did a Reddit Q&A because Bill Torrey is awesome. The Islanders and their expansion years weren’t the only thing discussed. Read it. [LHH]
  • Victor is Crus-ing Ryd past the Islanders. Later, man. Hope it works out. [LHH]
  • Darren Dreger talked with Pat Brisson recently and said things are good between the Islanders, Brisson and his client, John Tavares. [Updated Encyclopedia. Sorry for making you scroll.]

Other news

  • A bunch of exuberant Predators fans spent a lot of money on a lot of beer after Game 4. [SBN]
  • Remember Andrew Barroway? No, he’s not back to buy the Islanders. He still owns the Coyotes and apparently wants to own even more of them. [FFH]
  • Everyone look at Auston Matthews’s new tattoo. [The Score]
  • It’s been 10 years since Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger helped the Ducks win California’s first Stanley Cup. [OC Register]
  • Also cool: A look back at the NHL’s first expansion and how each team came to be. [EOTP]