[Bits] Roster Cuts, Video Game Memories and Other Customs

Get it! - Bruce Bennett

Thank Bossy, the NHL season is finally here. Here's some reading material to feed your thirst.

Final roster cuts are in which means that after three months of hoping, pr*j*ct*ng, dreaming and foaming at the mouth, the NHL season is finally upon us.

Tonight's season opener sees the Maple Leafs meeting Canadiens at Bell Centre and the Montreal Gazette is already complaining about the game. Ah, NHL, don't ever change.

Islanders News:

  • Big news from yesterday was the announcement of the Islanders finalized 23-man roster. Shockingly, John Tavares was on it. As were youngsters Matt Donovan, Griffin Reinhart and Brock Nelson. Ryan Strome was assigned to Bridgeport. Here's the story from yesterday with a couple of late evening updates.
  • Not a lot of news about Travis Hamonic's injury from Arthur Staple, but we should know more today. Hamonic is being tested for a concussion, but Staple believes the Islanders don't think it's serious.
  • Tony Stabile looks at the futures of UFA's Matt Moulson and Andrew MacDonald. [hockeythisweek.com]

Around the Block:

I'm Ron Barr from EA Sports Hockey. Welcome to Long Island.

Yes, it's a sponsored advertising campaign by a gigantic capitalist corporation, but the NHL 94 posts are bringing out some sweet memories of that great game and others in the series. TJ from Arctic Ice Hockey talks about driving a cousin to distraction playing NHL 94, and Scott from Copper & Blue sees the games as the progenitor of the #fancystats movement. Of course, Dom already compared the classic NHL 94 Islanders to the team's current roster. If you see any more of these around the Network, drop them into the comments.

And speaking of The Network...

SB Nation's NHL Preview is out and it's spectacular. Really an artful, progressive presentation. Read it.

And finally, celebrate the opening of the NHL with a bunch of 2008 Islanders rookies playing paintball.


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