I don’t normally do this, but there’s a lot of little news items this afternoon, and while none of the tidbits are particularly earth-shattering, knowing stuff is fun so I thought I’d pass along the information to you.
Did you know…
* The New York Islanders are going to lose Mark Streit? He wanted a three year deal, but the Isles see the decline coming, and don’t feel like ponying up the extra dough (I know, you’re shocked). Streit will be a 36 year old UFA. Want him?
**Mark Streit won’t return to the Islanders – Arthur Staple, Newsday**
* The Colorado Avalanche hired Francois Allaire to be their goalie coach. I have no idea is Francois Allaire is a good goalie coach or not, but I do know that he’s A) the most famous one, B) the one who just walked away from the Leafs, and C) older, which is good, because now the Avs are fully set to own when they invent a time machine, and he coaches Roy in net with Sakic up front. …Again.
François Allaire is the new goalie coach with the Avalanche. Verbal agreement was reach today with Patrick Roy. #RDS
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) June 4, 2013
Alex Auld approves:
* Mike Richards isn’t playing tonight because he’s concussed. He’s concussed, and I don’t care what you say. Yes he is. Or he’d be playing.
Sutter: “If it was just about Mike Richards making the decision, Mike Richards is playing tonight…
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) June 4, 2013
**Richards out for Game 3, Pro Hockey Talk**
* The Columbus Blue Jacketss are having contract issues with Sergei Bobrovsky. “Issues” in that he doesn’t have a “contract” yet, and it’s likely the Bobrovsky camp is happy to wait until the Vezina is on the shelf and his old KHL team jacks his price up beyond belief. Tough start for the Jacket’s new GM: would like to lose Bobrovsky, or start your tenure by overpaying him?
**If Jackets are to keep Bobrovsky, it will be costly – Michael Arace, Blue Jackets Xtra**
That’s pretty much it. Hope you learned something new.