Reading and viewing material for your Monday morning. Different ideas for an NHL return are being kicked around, but there are no set plans for anything. Meanwhile, everyone’s picking up the guitar and ol’ JB is making PB & Js for the Boychuk Bunch.
- Johnny Boychuk is distancing in Edmonton, cooking up meals for his kids, and trying to stay in shape. He also talked about the Islanders’ players efforts to give back to health workers. [Islanders]
- Welp, here it is: Arthur Staple’s Top 10 worst Islanders moments of the last 20 years. This list could be 50 items long, even if the cut off is the year 2000. Lots of good suggestions in the comments, too.
- Staple also sat down with Colin McDonald to podcast about his current time with the Sound Tigers, his former time with the Islanders and lots in between.
- Newsday celebrated the one-and-only Billy Smith this weekend with two stories, one on his run during the 1980 playoffs, and another about his legendary combativeness.
- Bill Guerin and Kyle Dubas talk about the influence Lou Lamoriello has had on their careers. [NHL.com]
- A lot of Islanders have some guitar experience. But they all agree that Jordan Eberle is the only one that actually knows what he’s doing. [Islanders]
- The Sound Up Podcast talks with Kieffer Bellows.
- What are the Islanders afraid of? Turns out heights and snakes are high on the lists.
Hockey players are tough on the ice, but show Casey Cizikas a creepy snake or put Brock Nelson on a roller coaster and it's a different story. #Isles players share their biggest fears! pic.twitter.com/EVg1vOfNhk— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 26, 2020
- Larry Brooks reports of the existence of an NHL Return to Play committee of players and executives that is exploring options for re-starting the league. But many, many, many questions remain.
- Gary Bettman also talked about possibilities as well as Draft scenarios. [TSN.ca]
- The NHL is organizing a video game tournament featuring players from all 31 teams. Matt Martin is the Islanders’ rep. [NHL.com]
- Learn Guitar the Sean Burke Way (yes, that Sean Burke. I hope he teaches students how to shred some Brass Bonanza). [NHL.com]
NHL Network checks in on new dad Anders Lee.