Morning Links: Day 16 of the lockout

  • According to the New York Post, Pat LaFontaine was contacted by European investors about buying into the Islanders and keeping the team on Long Island. (New York Post)

  • Kings co-owner Ed Roski got his name on the Stanley Cup, even though he was omitted from the original list submitted to the NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Los Angeles Times)

  • Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates will serve as co-coach of the AHL’s Hershey Bears for the duration of the NHL lockout. (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Chris Kreider doesn’t look at the AHL as a downgrade after signing with the Rangers last spring and posting seven points in 18 playoff games. “It’s still pro hockey,” Kreider said. “It’s still a huge jump up from where I played most of last year.” (New York Daily News)

  • Mason Raymond made a surprise appearance at the Vancouver Thunderbirds practice on Tuesday to mentor the young players. (The Province)

  • Andrei Markov is ready at a moment’s notice to return to Russia should a suitable offer come from the KHL. (Montreal Gazette)

  • The Sabres’ Cody Hodgson was on the ice at 6:30 a.m. with the AHL’s Rochester Americans and he hopes staying in great shape over the summer will translate to a positive performance now that he is back in a competitive atmosphere. (Toronto Sun)

  • Alex Burmistrov had hoped to return to Russia during the lockout, but he said it was a “team decision” to assign him to the AHL and, “there’s a lot of good players here, so this is probably the best fit for me.” (Winnipeg Free Press)

  • The Flames were unable to add some grit to their team through a trade or free agency this summer, so they are looking within at Akim Aliu and Lance Bouma. (Calgary Herald)

  • Doctors didn’t know if Patrick Wiercioch would make a full recovery after taking a puck to the throat on Dec. 9, but now the Senators defenseman is healthy for the start of training camp. (Ottawa Sun)

  • The Calgary Flames are trying to temper expectations for prized prospect Sven Baertschi. (Calgary Herald)