Buncha links n’ stuff.
Programming note: Tomorrow Night, April 30, 7 pm on MSG+ is Fight Night vs. Penguins from 2011. Mildly surprised they’re re-playing it, so I might check it out.
- Nick Leddy is chillin (literally, on some days) in Minnesota and curling up with some good books during the break. [Islanders]
- Meanwhile, defensemate Ryan Pulock is concerned about the many challenges of restarting the NHL, even as much as he wants to play again. [Newsday]
- Arthur Staple tells some tales of his many years on the Islanders beat, including a funny story about a long distance argument he had with Jack Capuano. [The Athletic]
- One of our favorites from that era was P.A. Parenteau, who sat down with Staple to talk about his time as an Islander and what he’s looking forward to in the future. [The Athletic]
- Mat Barzal was the subject of a Twitter Q&A session and answered fan inquiries via video. Some answers are sillier than others (click on that first video to unveil more):
Q: #AskMathew Repping from Vancouver, hello Mathew, congrats on your career to date. Question: Are you still living in Dennis Seidenberg's basement, and if so, is he feeding …— NHL (@NHL) April 27, 2020
A: I got my own place, but he was a great influence for my rookie year. - @Barzal_97 pic.twitter.com/6WzT0Nacar
- While the league has kicked around many different ideas for restarting the still current season, it’s also looking at next season, too. And Pierre LeBrun reports that one possible scenario includes beginning the 2020-21 season as late as December, but still playing 82 games. [The Athletic]
- For non-subscribers, here he is talking about it on TSN’s Insider Trading.
- The Blackhawks let go of longtime team president John McDonough, who will for now be replaced by owner Rocky Wirtz’s son. If you’re more interested in the palace intrigue over at United Center, head to The Athletic because whoo boy there’s a lot going on underneath this.
- Productive and likeable forward Joel Ward announced his retirement after 11 NHL seasons. Remember that time he was trapped in a bathroom?
- Where could Robin Lehner land this offseason? NHL.com’s Dan Rosen tries to answer.
- Doc Emrick has seen it all and knows the NHL can’t be simply SPIRITED ALONG into operation again. [Newsday]