Triumphant return? Thursday notes

One logical and intriguing possibility is for new Islanders coach Barry Trotz to bring longtime assistant Lane Lambert with him, bringing it all back home. When the Islanders told Lambert, Pat Bingham and Dave Baseggio none of them would return in 2006, Lambert joined the Nashville organization, beginning a rise that put him alongside Trotz in 2012. Here we are.

In addition to a coach, the Big Club has a schedule, which features more games on the Island than originally expected. A few weeks to the AHL schedule.

Adam Tambellini won’t be getting a qualifying offer from the Rangers.

Draft begins Friday. Jack Drury, Ted’s son, was rated 27th among North American skaters in the final Central Scouting rankings.

A fond farewell to Koko the gorilla.

And RIP, Charles Krauthammer.

Michael Fornabaio