We interrupt lacrosse season: Tuesday notes

And I mean stuff got real in Norwalk tonight

Yannick Rathgeb has a new home back home: EHC Biel announced it signed Rathgeb, let go by the Islanders last week, to a three-year contract.

The United States meets Russia in the quarterfinals at the World Championship on Thursday. (Britain didn’t get relegated, and they’ve had some fun over there.)

(Nino Niederreiter snuck over there when we were otherwise occupied. The family I have in Raleigh, by the way, was never big on hockey in Connecticut, but my cousin got into it the past few years and dragged the rest of them with him. That ride energized the heck out of that town. Hope for their sake it continues.)

The long list of former Sound Tigers with a chance to get their name on the Stanley Cup this year is down to one: one Jaroslav Halak. The top two Sound Tigers in all-time penalty minutes both have won championships after leaving Bridgeport, Brett Gallant in Cleveland and Eric Godard in Pittsburgh. Would’ve been wild if No. 3, Micheal Haley, joined them.

And RIP, Herman Wouk.

Michael Fornabaio