Olympic Camp Islanders Invites: Tavares, Hamonic, Okposo, Nabokov, Visnovsky

"Sure, we can continue this in Sochi maybe..." - Bruce Bennett

The various international federations announce invitations to orient players to Sochi's finest amenities.

Now that the two cartels known as the NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation have formally announced their agreement to have NHL players participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the federations are announcing which players are welcome to attend summer "orientation" camps so they can be eligible for humiliating roster cuts later in the year.

The lists includes several New York Islanders, though that's really of little bearing on whether these particular Isles will be playing in the tournament in February 2014. Nonetheless, it's July, so may the jockeying begin:

Wings stern jaw and fan of late timeouts Mike Babcock will coach Canada, while Dan Bylsma will coach the U.S. If history is our guide, Bylsma will "try" to keep players from leaving the bench to be third man in a fight.

Most of these camps take place in late August, when you can commence worrying about an untimely injury for a flawed competition getting in the way of the regular season.

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