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Islanders News: Of elephants and ATOs, pricing Cizikas, Barzal from birth

Bridgeport adds amateurs, while the Isles mourn what could have been.

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Dreaming of being the next customer to come on down: “I’d clean up.”
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Good morning! Nope, still no Isles game today.

Islanders Reading

  • The elephant in the room, per Newsday: The Isles playoff chances are remarkably dim. Doug Weight knows they have to go on a big run. Cal Clutterbuck says it’s frustrating because they know (believe) they are a team that could do damage in the playoffs.
  • Mathew Barzal’s journey from the sometimes-afterthought community of B.C. hockey has the most adorable pictures. [The Athletic]
  • Casey Cizikas is a serious Price of Right fan and he’s dragging his teammates into the sickness with him. [Isles]
  • The Sound Tigers add an ATO, a lefty D named Tyler Mueller who just wrapped up four years at UMass-Lowell. [Soundin’ Off]
  • Here’s more on Mueller and fellow NCAA ATO Ryan Hitchcock, who played in Sunday’s comeback win. [CT Post]
  • Prospect Report: Ilya Sorokin reeling off shutouts in the (non-competitive) KHL playoffs, while Logan Cockerill and Ben Mirageas help their Hockey East teams to the semifinals. [Isles]

Depression, Sports-Initiated

Tune in later this morning for new Anxiety!

Beyond the Island Brooklyn Nassau Belmont Here

Last night’s scores included the Hurricanes blowing a 4-1 third-period lead (in part thanks to Evil Sebastian Aho) to lose 6-4 to the Bruins. That was the only game with Metro/playoff (ha) implications. Unfortunately the Flames won the Battle of Alberta to get them within two points of the Western wild card.

  • These are your ideal 2017-18 NHL playoff scenarios and I can’t say I disagree. Except the (Flames must miss to give us another lottery ball.) [DGB at Sportsnet]
  • Ol’ friend Scott Gordon is having success with Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate, so he gets a contract extension. [Lehigh Valley Phantoms]
  • The Bruins signed a couple of Badgers to AHL ATOs. [SCOC]
  • Bobby Ryan’s days in Ottawa are surely numbered and he knows it, but he handles it all really cool because he’s a fine gent. [Ottawa Sun]
  • Oscar Klefbom opens up about playing through an injury that clearly limited him all season. [Sportsnet]
  • Shea Weber’s injury required surgery that has an expected recovery lasting six months. [HEOTP]
  • Petr Mrazek’s new mask for the Flyers embraces the Broad Street Bully motif. [InGoal]
  • Justin Bourne discusses a pet peeve: Performative anger, to show your coach/teammates/GM that you really care and stuff. [The Athletic]
  • After a quarter century of minor hockey in this Iowa corner on the border with Illinois, the ECHL Quad City Mallards will cease. [QC Times]