We don't always do Bits on Sunday, but a few things went down yesterday (or earlier) so what the hell.
- The NHL announced each team's home openers Saturday and the Islanders will start the 2014-15 season with a home-at-home against the Hurricanes. The opener at the Coliseum is Saturday, Oct. 11, one night after their game in Raleigh. [LHH]
- The rest of the schedule will be announced today at 4 pm. We'll have something up on it as soon as we can.
- It doesn't look like Dan Boyle will suit up for the Islanders. Could he, like many disenfranchised folks before him, leave Long Island high and dry for the glitz of Manhattan? [Blueshirt Banter]
- Well, I'm a dope. On Friday, I forgot to mention a little thing the NHL calls the Winter Classic and the teams that will be involved. This year, it'll be the Blackhawks and Capitals from... somewhere in the Washington DC area on New Year's Day, 2015. [SB Nation]
- On Monday, the Panthers will make it official and name Habs assistant Gerard Gallant their new head coach. [On Frozen Pond]
- You know who's good on the Hurricanes? Alexander Semin. Like, really, really good. [Sunbelt Hockey]
- You know who's bad at spending money? The Maple Leafs. Like, really, really bad. [Pension Plan Puppets]
- We haven't really discussed it following our selection, but the SBN NHL Mock Draft rolls on. Congrats to the San Jose Sharks for taking Long Island kid Sonny Milano (at least, as predicted by Fear the Fin).
- Speaking of Long Island, but not of hockey: in minor league baseball, the Long Island Ducks beat pitcher Tracy McGrady and the Sugarland Skeeters 3-1 on Saturday in the first game of a double header. Yes, THAT Tracy McGrady. [1495 Sports]