[Bits] Thunder Struck, A Peek Through Defense, Stay Kulemin, Yet Another Kane Mutiny

Hey, I'm skating here. - USA TODAY Sports

"We'll see what happens." Ouch.

Mini camp continues into Day 2, but here are links to hold you over during the morning. Remember, if a kid doesn't show the exact amount of emotion that you expect him to, he's obviously a bust and must be jettisoned immediately.

But before tomorrow night's all-important Blue & White Scrimmage, we have a special game going on tonight that you won't want to miss. In the first of our Retro Game Threads, starting at 8 pm right here at this very site, John Tonelli gives the not-yet-a-dynasty a boost by scoring two goals against the Penguins in Game 5 of the first round in 1982. Relive the days of clean dasher boards and paper thin shoulder pads with us.

Islanders links

  • We recapped and collected links from Day 1 of Mini Camp here.
  • One more camp link, from Michael Fornabaio at Soundin' Off, on why Jack Capuano wanted Greg Cronin: "Capuano thought Cronin was the best fit for the team, talking in terms of faith and trust in each other. I feel like they’ll work well together. 'We share similar views on the penalty kill,' Capuano said. 'I’ve known him in Toronto the past few years.'"
  • On Ville Pokka: Arthur Staple expects him not to make the Isles out of camp (no surprise there, but you never know), in which case he would play with Karpat in Finland again. [Twitter]
  • The Islanders renewed their affiliation with the ECHL's Stockton Thunder. [Islanders Official]
  • Mikhail Grabovski is excited to be an Islander and Capuano is happy to have him. [Islanders]
  • Hockey Goalie Eh looks at the Islanders' terrible, horrible, no-good, worst in the league, tire fire defense and finds that some of them are actually, um, good at hockey.
  • Bleuchz has another Hashtag Isles in which Matt Donovan meets his namesake.
  • Signing Nikolai Kulemin was a gamble, but one that might work out according to Adam Gretz. [Pro Ice Hockey]
  • SI's Alan Muir ranks the Islanders' prospect system second in the NHL, but hates all of their goalies, two of whom were drafted two weeks ago.
  • All of the jokes have already been used, but here it is if you missed it:

Around the League

  • When asked how he feels about playing for the Winnipeg Jets, Evander Kane gave the kind of answer that will keep the Winnipeg Free Press burning all summer with Hot Takes. As much as i complain about athletes giving stock answers to every question, this is why athletes give stock answers to every question. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The Oilers re-signed defenseman Jeff Petry to a one-year deal on Monday, putting the kibosh on all your RFA trade ideas. [Copper n' Blue]
  • Even without Mike Fisher, the Predators would be wise to avoid trading for unwanted Flyer Vincent Lecavalier. [On the Forecheck]
  • Rich Clune is a substance abuse and NHL survivor. [Puck Daddy]
  • Rocco Grimaldi is ready to be a Florida Panther, as is former Bruin and Avalancher Greg Zanon. [Miami Herald]
  • The Flyers are going to have a new third jersey for 2014, writes Broad Street Hockey. Belly numbers and enormous diamonds not required. Remember, Philly Phans, if you don't like them, there is a light at the end of the relatively short tunnel.

This interview with a goatee'd and tanned Jack Capuano was from Day 1 of Islanders rookie camp but covers a plethora of topics including the new acquisitions and competition for spots for the upcoming season. It also covers all of Cappy's Greatest Hits: including Battle Level, playing Smaht and injuries aren't an excuse.

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