If you didn’t already know, today’s a (the?) big day for the Devils in their quest to retain Ilya Kovalchuk. I’ll have a separate post on that matter shortly, but for those fans whose interests lie outside of Prudential Center, here are the morning links.
NHL.com sat down with Doug Weight for a Q&A following yesterday's announcement that he'll be back in blue and orange. The chat includes the reason for the 75-plus day delay between the news of his return first breaking and the actual contract being signed.
Here's an early look at how the Islanders project in the Eastern Conference from Lighthouse Hockey.
The Behind The Number series examines Billy Smith’s No. 31.
Blueshirt Banter looks at former Ranger No. 16 Mark Pavelich in its Blueshirts By The Numbers series.
The Daily News adds some more color to Lundqvist's day on the bus via Jesse Spector’s Blueshirts Blog.
Length is the holdup in the Marc Staal contract talks, says Adam Rotter of SNY’s Rangers blog. A third year would eclipse Staal’s first year as an unrestricted free agent, which would be good for the Rangers, but less so for Staal.