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.
- 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!
- 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]