Islanders Bits: Gandering Elsewhere

You know, I was an Islander too. No, really! There's a whole support group. See me after the game, I'll give you the password to the website and a member pin.

Jack Capuano named Evgeni Nabokov tonight's starter, and Brian Rolston is definitely back in the lineup with the lines last seen at practice Wednesday. For the game preview thread, go here.

Otherwise, here are some fun snippets from Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts" column this week, followed by some other good hockey links.

First, this reminded me of too many "identity" conversations:

[a player] was saying his (struggling) team needed an identity. Then, he went on to list some teams that did have one. "You know that Boston is going to pound you and make you pay physically. You know that Chicago is going to dare you to try and skate with them. You know that Vancouver is going to try to get you to take penalties and make you pay on the penalty kill. And you know that Detroit is going to turn the other cheek while winning all of the one-on-one battles." Then, he added, "We need to be more like the Red Wings."

Sounds like a Western team (Columbus?), but otherwise it sounded familiar. Then this:

I remember a conversation with [Bob] Gainey, who was Montreal's GM the night [Ron] Wilson coached his first game with the Maple Leafs. Asked how long it would take for Toronto to rebuild, Gainey said, "Six years." We're at three-and-a-half. Honestly, the team is probably where it should be.

Heh. So...what do people think of six years?

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