Folks, hello. If you are supposed to work outside today, call out. It’s gonna be brutal. Hell, even if you work inside. Don’t go anywhere. It’s steamy already.
However, if you have apple cider vinegar in tow, you should be good to go. (Not really, though.)
- Corey Pronman’s countdown of farm systems ranks us at No. 5, a respectable position buoyed by the most recent draft. [The Athletic]
- Andrew Ladd knows he can do more with this team. Well, we hope there’s more. [NHL]
- Lane Lambert, Barry Trotz’s loyal companion and assistant from his previous coaching gigs, spent his day with the Stanley Cup at his own wedding. [Washington Post]
- Anders Lee has four tips for development as a late-blooming 40 goal scorer.
- Robin Lehner only sharpens his skates once a season, and other goaltending oddities from around the league. [ESPN]
- The Islanders are partnering with the Guide Dog Foundation to help raise a new guide dog. The players get to select the puppy. [Islanders]
- Stan Fischler’s memory takes him back to the Islanders rough inaugural season this week. [Islanders]
- Sportsnet has reached numbers 50-31 in its countdown of the Top 100 players in the NHL, and Mathew Barzal clocks in at number 40. [Sportsnet]
Watch Mr. Barzal play NHL 19 at Adidas HQ:
- Sportsnet’s countdown from 100-51 featured no Islanders, and it’s safe to say Barzal is the best player they have, so he may be the lone representative in the top 100. Which, you know, Lee says hello. [Sportsnet]
- Max Pacioretty is all but done in Montreal; it’s just a matter of when, not if, the Canadiens dump him. They won’t negotiate an extension with him, and they won’t lose him for nothing. [NHL]
- Tyler Seguin is ‘disappointed’ he doesn’t yet have an extension beyond this season, and apparently GM Jim Nill is in no rush. Take it from folks who know better - don’t take your time with this one, y’all. [Sportsnet | NHL]
- Martin Brodeur is leaving the Blues front office, reportedly to work for the Devils and be with his family in New Jersey. Fatso’s new responsibilities will also allow him more free time. [Sportsnet]
- Trevor Linden preferred a slow rebuild, while the wacky Aquilinis, the owners of the Canucks, wanted them to be competitive. Even though they suck pretty much from top to bottom. And apparently, not going hard after John Tavares was the final straw, as if he would’ve wanted to go there anyway. [Yahoo Canada]