Good news: The Islanders dismal season is mercifully over.
Bad news: The offseason could be worse. Oh god.
The first round of exit interviews are today, with more scheduled tomorrow, including those of John Tavares and Mathew Barzal. So keep your eyes peeled for either lots of news or none, either of which could be infuriating.
As Dom said yesterday, thanks for reading, commenting at, hating, loving or just generally patronizing this establishment. This season hasn’t been easy on anyone, but we work very hard to make this the best Islanders blog we can, even when life gets in the way and the team itself seems to hate us. Thanks for taking the ride and we’ll see where we all end up.
- Recaps: LHH | Newsday | NHL.com | NYI Skinny | WIIM
- Staple’s write-up focuses on some of the personal milestones the players hit in game 82.
- One of those is the big 4-0 for big No. 27. [Islanders]
- Andrew Gross boils down some of the things that went wrong this season. [Newsday]
- Andrew Ladd knows how you feel, which includes being pissed off at players like Andrew Ladd. [Newsday]
- The Sound Tigers were officially eliminated from the playoffs last night with a loss to Providence [CT Post]. That means it will be 15 years since the last time the team won a playoff round. [Soundin’ Off]
- But the Worcester Railers are in the playoffs in their first ECHL season, and punctuated the run with their sixth straight win. [Telegram]
- The hockey world is still shaken by the tragedy of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Humboldt Broncos, whose bus collided with a semi while travelling to a game on Friday afternoon. Fifteen of the 28 passengers have been pronounced dead and others remain seriously injured. Please take a moment to read this. [Globe and Mail]
- Remembering the victims. [Edmonton Journal]
- Islanders and Rangers reflect on the terrible news. [Newsday]
- A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the families of the victims.
- Last night’s NHL scores. The Blues and Avalanche played for the final playoff berth in the West and Colorado came out victorious. Add St. Louis to the list of teams looking at a looooong offseason.
- Before last night’s game against the Islanders, the Red Wings announced that Ken Holland had signed a two-year extension with the club. And Detroit fans are thrilled... [WIIM]
- But it’s Adios, Alain for the Rangers, who sacked coach Vigneault last night. Imagine that. [NHL.com | BSB]