The Islanders resume the season-ending sleepwalk with the Maple Leafs in town tonight, which basically just means there will be a whole bunch more stories about John Tavares surely signing with a Canadian team in July.
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- Tavares could maybe play at the World Championships, but then again you might have heard he doesn’t have a contract for next year so... [Newsday]
- You knew something like this was coming when Arthur Staple visited Bridgeport to catch up with Josh Ho-Sang. The winger is still optimistic about the Isles and his own game, but he feels others received a much longer leash for defensive errors on the NHL’s worst defensive team. Here’s Staple’s piece for The Athletic. Here’s what I think it means. Here’s a good overview with a hyperbolic NBC headline.
- Casey Cizikas will be held out of both games this weekend, but Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk should return tonight. And Alan Quine soon! [Isles]
- Dan and Mike’s latest Islanders Anxiety podcast was recorded before the Ho-Sang quotes, but fits perfectly. They lament this stupid team and recall some better days by some worse rosters. [LHH - Islanders Anxiety]
- Kyle Burroughs has been a standout guy for the Sound Tigers on the ice and in the community, getting their nod for the Yanick Dupre award again. [CT Post]
- Some “day to day” injury updates down in Bridgeport. [Soundin’ Off]
- Worcester signs a couple of players, one from Canadian university (after a WHL career) and another out of the OHL. [Railers]
- Dan updated the Tavares Contract Wild Speculation Encyclopedia because we got guys saying Montreal! San Jose! St. Louis! Nashville! Not that any of them have a clue. [LHH]
- Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment has indeed been awarded the $6 million grant that is supposedly necessary to upgrade the already upgraded Nassau Coliseum to the NHL’s supposed standards to supposedly have the Islanders play some games there again. [Newsday]
Last night’s NHL scores increased the Islanders’ chances of having a slightly better chance of winning the draft lottery, so that’s definitely something worth following until you remember it’s the Islanders and the team below them will probably win it anyway.
Hilarious post-game interview from 36-year-old Scott Foster, who was called into action as the Blackhawks Emergency Backup Goaltender tonight pic.twitter.com/p4ExOQz8oA— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 30, 2018
- You know how teams need to have an emergency goalie in the stands? Well the Blackhawks actually had to use one, on the ice, last night. And the 36-year-old beer leaguer and accountant Scott Foster didn’t give up a goal. [NHL | TSN]
- Sidney Crosby scored a pretty sweet bat-out-of-the-air rebound OT winner last night but I’m not abusing you by forcing you to watch it on this page. Here’s a Twitter link and here’s an NHL link.
- The Bruins beat the Lightning in regulation to take over the top spot in the East. [TSN]
- The Blues signed the Providence College junior they acquired in the Paul Stastny trade. [Blues]
- In a novel move, the Golden Knights will offer season ticket holders cheaper playoff tickets if they promise not to resell them to rival fans. [ESPN]
- Justin Bourne discusses why sometimes teammates fight at practice, and how it’s kind of annoying but also kind of cool, sort of. [The Athletic]
- Erik Karlsson opens up about handling his family’s loss. [Ottawa Sun]
- Chris Thorburn opens up about moving to a new team and country with a son who has autism. [Blues]