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Islanders News: With Cup Final nearly over, rumors abound

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Emphasis on “rumors.”

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Somehow, Tarasenko has been connected to the Islanders. Also, peep Adam Pelech wearing no. 50.

Well, the Stanley Cup Final is, mercifully, almost over. Objectively, it has been one of the more boring Cup Finals in recent memory. And people say that the New York Islanders are boring.

It’s not technically official yet, but it might as well be: At least the Islanders lost to the champs two years in a row. [vomits]

Given both the dearth of news and the holiday tomorrow, today’s Bits also will serve as tomorrow’s Bits. Happy Fourth, everyone.

Islanders News

  • The Isles have been linked, depending on who you believe, to Vladimir Tarasenko—I think, based on a bogus post—and Phil Kessel. This one got a “lol” from Dom; I’ll co-sign that “lol.” [Fourth Period]
  • The ECHL also has an expansion draft coming up, I think. Either way, the Isles’ affiliate, the Worcester Railers, named their protected list. [RailersHC]
  • A fan named Jim O’Brien guest-penned an incredibly touching story about how he draws inspiration from the resilient Islanders in his battle with recurring leukemia. [GothamSN]
  • WATCH: @IslesTerritory put together a wonderful tribute video to Nassau Coliseum. Goosebumps! [YouTube]
  • Happy birthday, Captain!

Elsewhere

The Tampa Bay Lightning cruised to a 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens, taking a 3-0 stranglehold on the series and setting up the inevitable. See Yu-Gi-Oh tweet above.

  • Tampa Bay simply is too much to handle for Montreal. See Yu-Gi-Oh tweet above. [Sportsnet]
  • Lightning GM Julien BriseBois started his career as an in-house lawyer for the Habs. Now, against his former team, he is trying to earn his second straight Stanley Cup. [The Athletic]
  • The Minnesota Wild have signed Joel Eriksson Ek to an eight-year, $42 million contract. [NHL | Hockey Wilderness]
  • The Philadelphia Flyers have reached a crossroads, and this month will be the month that they decide which path to take. [The Athletic]
  • New York Rangers defenseman and 2021 Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox has only just begun; he figures to have even more room to grow. Blech. [The Athletic]
  • Matthew Beniers, the likely no. 2 overall pick and first draft pick of the Seattle Kraken, has hinted that he will return next year to the University of Michigan. [NHL]
  • Sasha Pastujov is a top 2021 draft pick; I linked this mostly because he is the brother of Isles’ draft pick Nick Pastujov. Also, their parents were in the circus. No, really. [NHL]