Dynasty-era Islanders' beloved grumpy old men

This is beautiful.

If you haven't seen this on the Islanders official site yet, it's a great idea and pretty well executed: Clark Gillies, Bobby Nystrom and Bryan Trottier watch Islanders practice and comment on all the change in the game since they played. They sound like a grumpy old men skit (in a good way).

Stuff like skating with one hand on the stick, giant equipment that encourages today's players to block shots -- and giant goalie equipment enables you to shoot shoulder-high in practice without Billy Smith killing you before you even get to the blueline.

And of course, it's hockey, so as you'd imagine it's littered with quips and ball-busting -- everything from Nystrom's Cup-winning goal to making Wayne Merrick be the practice drill guinea pig.


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