[Bits] Dust settles, mistakes were made, names were named, excruciatingly long NHL off-season continues into second day

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Yup. They're still here.

Whether you're still ragin', totally elated or somewhere in the vast, vast expanse in-between, there's a lot of NHL news to chew on since yesterday. Here's a tiny sample.

Islanders news

Scratching the surface

  • There are a million winners and losers lists from yesterday, but I think we can all agree that Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill put in some hard work and made his club a very dangerous one in the Western Conference. [SB Nation]
  • We can also all agree that Calgary signing Deryk Engelland for three years and almost $9 million was absolutely banana pants crazy. [Puck Daddy]
  • Jason Spezza wanted out of Ottawa to win, not escape the Canadian media. Yeah, right. [TSN.ca]
  • The Oilers did a smart thing. No, really. They signed Benoit Pouliot. [Copper and Blue]
  • Josh Gorges didn't want to play in Toronto and got traded to Buffalo, which is like Toronto except it isn't at all.
  • Legendary Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret was diagnosed with throat cancer, but plans to call games this season. Godspeed and a quick recovery to one of the most enjoyable voices in the business. [Buffalo News]

Hi. I'm Chad Johnson.

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