We’re just about a month away from reaching the deadline on whether or not the New York Islanders will give the Buffalo Sabres their first round draft pick this year or next. We’re just a little over two months away from the actual draft. Excitement surrounding the rebuild might actually be increasing, knowing that it is someone other than Darcy Regier making the teams choices for the first time since – well, it has been awhile.
Buffalo Sabres Links
The end of the season doesn’t mean the end of writing, and DBTB spells out what is happening over the summer on their site. [Die By The Blade].
What model might Tim Murray use to rebuild the Buffalo Sabres? The Pittsburgh Model? The Florida Panthers model? Personally I hope he uses the Tim Murray model. [Hockey Buzz].
Rochester Americans Links
The thruway was well used by the Buffalo Sabres between First Niagara Center and Rochester. The Amerks making the playoffs despite the number of callups. An extended playoff run gives Tim Murray a better glimpse at some of his players. [Hockey Buzz].
The Selke finalists are in – and their may or may not be a surprise in the candidates list. Who would you vote for? [CBS Sports].
Seattle is out, for now says Gary Bettman. [The Seatte Times],
It’s not a definitive out for Seattle, as they could do more to land an NHL franchise if they wanted one. [Yakima Herald].
Could Kansas City be the next most likely stop for the NHL on the expansion highway? [Too Many Men].
Montreal uses lull in playoff action to announce the signing of two prospects to entry level deals. [A Winning Habit].
Tampa Bay gets two nods on the Calder Trophy finalist listing. Their may be cause to celebrate in Tampa Bay after all. [Bolts By The Bay].
Stanley Cup Playoff Tracker
Colorado Avalanche (2) vs Minnesota Wild (2)
St. Louis Blues (2) vs Chicago Blackhawks (2)
Anaheim Ducks (2) vs Dallas Stars (2)
San Jose Sharks (3) vs Los Angeles Kings (1)
Boston Bruins (3) vs Detroit Red Wings (1)
Montreal Canadians (4) vs
Tampa Bay Lightning (0)
Pittsburgh Penguins (2) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (2)
New York Rangers (2) vs Philadelphia Flyers (1)