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Islanders News: Summer decisions loom, Bossy looks back

Also: Zen and the art of Josh Ho-Sang maintenance

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There’s Platonic love and then there’s freaking Hall of Fame love.
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The Stanley Cup final resumes tonight with Game 5 in Pittsburgh, but man first we’ve got interesting stuff on a more important team to catch up on:

Islanders Reads

  • A little expansion draft preview from Arthur Staple after talking to the ever tight-lipped Garth Snow. [Newsday]
  • Mike Bossy wrote one of those “letter to my younger self” things and wow. Just wow. [LHH | Players’ Tribune]
  • A few more great additions in our “Why I’m an Islanders Fan” series: They’re just like the Red Army. They’re (sort of) all in the family. They weren’t the team who dumped my favorite player. Truly, truly thank you all for the submissions. They’ve been fun to read.
  • Yesterday’s initial Tavares Free Agency Encyclopedia update was fun. The later one was talk radio crap that put Dan in a very foul mood. [LHH]
  • The new KC brand for the ECHL Mavericks. [Examiner]

You stressed? Let Josh be your guide:


  • Oh look, another team is threatening to leave without public help building a new rink. Brian Burke and Calgary do the honors. [Calgary Herald | Puck Daddy] (They can always move back to Atlanta, yeah?)
  • What about Seattle? The arena development group there just added big hockey fan and Hollywood mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer. [Seattle Times]
  • What’s fair trade value for Jordan Eberle? [Copper N Blue]
  • Speaking of which, Darren Dreger says it’s fairly obvious Eberle will be dealt, while Anaheim shops Vatanen. [TSN Insider Trading]
  • Tyler Toffoli has signed a three-year, $13.8 million extension with the Kings. [Jewels from the Crown | NHL]
  • The Blackhawks signed Czech defenseman Jan Rutta, who must not realize they’re in decline. [Second City Hockey]
  • More on the CWHL Chinese expansion team. [Victory Press]
  • “Triple threat” Joe Manganiello will host the NHL awards in Vegas. Don’t know who he is, I just chuckle every time a press release calls a writer, producer, director or whatever a “triple threat.” [NHL]
  • Appropriate, Onion-style takedown of the latest Pittsburgh media idiot to whine about Predators crowds. [On The Forecheck]
  • And here: Three new esport-specific sites launch under the Polygon umbrella, covering League of Legends, Dota 2, and Overwatch. [Polygon]