Three Islanders players are moving on to the semi-finals at the World Cup of Hockey.
John Tavares set up a highlight reel goal in Team Canada's 4-2 victory that helped eliminate the US. With their second win of tournament play, Canada has clinched a spot in the final four.
Also on their way to the semi-finals is Team Europe, led by goaltender Jaro Halak. Halak has posted two wins (one shutout) and has surrendered just two goals in Team Europe's first two contests. Thomas Greiss has yet to dress.
Nikolay Kulemin, who plays for Team Russia, will be back in action on Thursday against Team Finland, as Russia tries to advance to the semis as well.
The tournament has been fun so far, especially if you're enjoying Canada make everyone else look like children. JT did his part on Tuesday, when he made Matt Niskanen resemble a cardboard cutout. I mean, that's just flat out ridiculous.
Obviously, for the Isles, the most interesting development is the Halak situation, and what this means for the team when they're all reunited at training camp. Some seem to think that Greiss still has the inside track on playing time, but I don't know. Jaro has looked awfully good, and unless you're going to find a taker for his contract, it might not be worth the risk to hand the job to Greiss with the risk of Halak growing discontent riding the pine. And quite frankly, if he can still play at the high level he's been flashing at the World Cup, why wouldn't the Isles want a return on their monetary investment?
If nothing else, the tournament has added some serious intrigue for the coming season.