It’s a Memorial Day holiday weekend in the United States (continuing through Monday), so don’t expect much activity except...Lou never sleeps.
Islanders employees will have lots to talk about with friends and family as they barbecue this weekend...until Lou calls them back to the office.
The Stanley Cup final finally gets started Monday night. Here’s a bit more to chew on from the last few days, including a neat Newsday feature on what makes Lou Lamoriello tick.
- Ken Daneyko received Lou Lamoriello’s orchestra analogy. Everyone does. Everyone has to play their instrument with full commitment to the team/symphonic goal, parking personal goals and accolades behind, etc. The piece from Andrew Gross includes thoughts from retired beatwriter Richard Chere on how Lou keeps things private, and controlled by he alone. [Newsday]
- Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts had a search-baiting Tavares headline, but the only Isles note is really just him thinking Lou’s hiring puts the Isles “back in the game,” speculation he previously shared on the radio, podcast, etc. Also, funny Lamoriello anecdote at #29. [Sportsnet]
- Dan updated the Tavares Encyclopedia accordingly, then escaped to the woods. [LHH]
Finals and Such
- The Capitals know they need to shut out Vegas distractions. [NHL]
- Jonathan Marchessault drives a (dealer’s) Lambourghini to games, but he hasn’t forgotten his long and unlikely road to the NHL. [NHL]
- Could and should Marc-Andre Fleury become that rare loser Conn Smythe Trophy winner if the Knights fall short? [NHL]
- This is more fodder for your summer than you can possibly consume in one weekend: In-depth discussion of 24 potential trade candidates. [Sportsnet]
- Ryan Kesler, rehabbing a hip injury, may not play next season. [Anaheim Calling]
- Kevin Shattenkirk has a lot of history with his old friend and former coach David Quinn, and he’ll have to readjust that relationship. [Post]
- Barry Trotz always evens the score. A young Kenny Albert learned that lesson. [NHL]