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Islanders News: Belmont, prospects and Lou-culation

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Also: the Tavares Encyclopedia grows and grows.

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I remember happy Isles things.
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Random movie quote because, just because:

“Boys, it would be a shame to have to kill you now.”

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Islanders Reading

  • Those that know say the Environmental Impact Statement, a major thing that if botched could derail things, is on schedule for Belmont. [Newsday | LHH]
  • Also mentioned there: Lou Lamoriello’s tenure as GM in Toronto indeed ended, though his contract keeps him as an adviser, and they claim this was the plan all along. Hmmm, everyone says, hmmm, he’s totally headed to join his son with the Isles. [Newsday | Post | Brooksie]
  • McKenzie: “If I know Lou, he’s feeling fresh as a daisy and would love to run another NHL franchise.” [TSN Radio]
  • Bridgeport Year in Review: Casey Bailey shoots a lot. [Sound Tigers] Mostly non-BST updates from Fornabaio. [Soundin’ Off]
  • John Tavares Encyclopedia Update: In which Elliotte Friedman plays a new tune (again), focuses on how the captain probably wants to stay. [FanRag] Also: every blogger for every other team discusses how he could be theirs. [LHH]
  • Are you sitting down? The Islanders like their prospects, and seek diversity within their picks in June. (So: not seven defensemen.) In all seriousness, a nice chat with Eric Cairns and a positive update on Devon Toews’ recovery. [Newsday]
  • Prospect Development Camp, which always features an array of undrafted/unsigned invitees, is a ways off. But here’s one guy:

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores: the Lightning evened their series with the Bruins — after a brutal missed call on a Brad Marchand breakaway — and the Sharks overcame a 3-1 third-period deficit to force overtime. Vegas had two power plays in the first five minutes of overtime but could not convert. The unstoppable William Karlsson finally did the deed a few minutes later, after back-and-forth rushes from both teams.

  • More odds on a good couple of prospects for the Isles at next month’s draft, ranking the top 120 prospects: “This is a draft with six or seven outstanding forwards and six impressive defensemen at the top.” [LoweTide]
  • Having demoted Ron Francis, then reportedly having him “work from home,” the Hurricanes under their new owner have now terminated Francis’ contract and, wait this can’t be right, Don Waddell continues to serve as GM. [Canes Country | NHL]
  • The Leafs have signed Par Lindholm. So many Lindholms. [Puck Daddy]
  • Leafs fans react to Lou’s transition. [PPP]