OMG, OMG, OMG. Training camp begins today as the big boys report, weigh in or something, get new sweatsuits to wear when pretending to be Al Davis. You know, the usual.
- Mark Streit has no hard feelings, was offered a two-year deal by the Isles during the season, and is happy about his five years with the Isles.
- The logo is down on the ice in Brooklyn. Pretty.
- Anders Nilsson is healthy and focused, ready to prove us worriers wrong.
- This was just perfectly summed up: Inept Nassau Pols Would Like the Islanders to Stay | IPB
- John Tavares is the best value contract in the NHL? Yes. The lead forgets a few other good business decisions, however.
- Hawks blog Hockee Night previews the Islanders. Good fun.
- "Can Griffin Reinhart, who would be a 30-minute defenceman with the rebuilding WHL junior squad this season, actually make the New York Islanders back-end, on a playoff team that scared the beejeebers out of the Pittsburgh Penguins last spring?" Probably not, but the Oil Kings will prepare just in case.
- In case you missed it, we talked about the Isles Brooklyn PR maneuvers late yesterday.
- Seriously, Brooklyn preseason game gatherings? Wade into comments here, share your plans, maybe share the section where you're sitting?
- Nazem Kadri has signed for two years, and the Leafs win. For now.
- Derek Stepan is not, however. Not yet anyway.
- Well what do you know? RFA with little leverage and half a season of success signs bridge contract on the eve of training camp.
- Columbus finished hot last season, but they're keeping expectations low so it's okay they're not a Metro threat.
- Reasons to care about training camp, for most teams.
- Sergei Brylin will be an Albany assistant coach because what else is he going to do with his self?
- EA's NHL14 is available now. Think it's available on PS2? Otherwise, I'ma need some help.
- Pascal Dupuis believes the location of his shots has helped his Crosby-aided resurgence in his 30s.
- The Sens gave Bobby Ryan the Matt Harvey treatment: Bobby Ryan Talks Bobby Ryan Video - NHL VideoCenter
Ode to a Beloved Team
Here are some guys who should know, reacting when the Isles announced the Brooklyn destination: