Islanders Training Camp in Full Swing, Fan Hope and Angst Follows

Hip hip, hoora-- take your time, we need you.

It's been a strange offseason for the New York Islanders and their diehard fans.

On one hand, Aug. 1 delivered another political slap in the face from the land they call home -- which followed the free agency rejection Christian Ehrhoff delivered a month earlier.

On the other hand, three promising young forwards committed to the cause: Michael Grabner, Kyle Okposo and John Tavares all signed long-term deals, sandwiched around another promising draft haul that has fans excited for more prospects who could one day be like them.

Now that training camp has launched with what Matt Moulson called his "toughest in six years," that promise meets the usual day-to-day angst that results when bodies are thrown into the fire: Who's going to make it? Who's still hurt? Who isn't good enough? Are there enough blueline bodies to go around?

Here are some of those burning topics from the first days of camp, and the stories and LHH discussions around them:

Some Official Site Posts:

News and LHH Discussion/Reaction:

Finally, here are the lines and groups for today's two skates according to the official site. We already have a post debating training camp lines (so please don't start another FanPost on it -- we're teeming with new posts along the right side), but have at them again if you need to here.

Group A (morning skate)
Comeau-Reasoner-Wallace
Grabner-Nielsen-Okposo
Pandolfo-Frischmon-Colliton
Martin-Strome-Kabanov
Marcinko-Gillies

Eaton-Jurcina
Wishart-Reese
Donovan-de Haan

Goalies
DiPietro
Montoya
Koskinen

Group B (mid-day skate)
Moulson-Tavares-Niederreiter
Rolston-Bailey-Parenteau
McNeely-Cizikas-Backman
DiBenedetto-Ullstrom-Haley
Gallant-Romano

Streit-Mottau
Ness-Hamonic
Olson-Klementyev
MacDonald

Goalies
Nabokov
Poulin
Nilsson

Hockey's back, wouldn't you say? Honk your horns and chew your fingernails accordingly.

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