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According to Dey, more than $79,000 in ticket plans (not including renewals) were sold in the first...

According to Dey, more than $79,000 in ticket plans (not including renewals) were sold in the first hour after the pick, along with $15,000 worth of Tavares merchandise.

>> Newsday So you're saying it was a good thing?

[Duchene and Tavares agent Pat] Brisson said he usually knows by now, adding that Garth Snow's cone...

[Duchene and Tavares agent Pat] Brisson said he usually knows by now, adding that Garth Snow's cone of silence act is something he's never experienced in 20 years at the draft.

From TSN's live blog/chat thingy. [Video of Brisson here.] Insane. The NHL owes Snow a promo bonus (which he may or may not need, heh).

"Everyone's being entirely unreasonable."

"Everyone's being entirely unreasonable."

Dude, that's what happens when you want stuff other teams don't need to part with: They ask you to offer something unreasonable. Someone really wants my pick, I'd wait until I'm on the clock to get their most desperate offer. >>Brian Burke, him have twade twoubles. (h/t RudyKelly at BoC)

The [Islanders] plan to sell jerseys that can be customized on the spot with the name of the No. 1...

The [Islanders] plan to sell jerseys that can be customized on the spot with the name of the No. 1 pick. Asked if the Islanders have jerseys with the name of the pick already on it, Dey laughed and said, "Do I know who it is? No. The merchandise guys definitely don't know who the pick is."

>>Greg Logan with a bevy of draft quotes from Chris Dey. At the Draft Party, there's also the chance to fake a photo that puts you on stage with Snow and the #1 pick. Not sure if smiling is required.

"I'm told fan polls and surveys and such won't affect the decision. But honestly, I think the...

"I'm told fan polls and surveys and such won't affect the decision. But honestly, I think the environment surrounding the pick will be super-heated by June 26th. Who knows whether Charles Wang will suggest that Tavares could be awfully good for the box office? ... If they go a different direction, it will be out of a very strong conviction because they'll need a lot of backbone to back it up and explain it to the fan base."

>>Greg Logan in today's Newsday chat. From a purely cold observer perspective, it would be fascinating to watch how a non-Tavares announcement is handled.

"I showed them Long Island because you don't get a good feel for it if all you see is the Coliseum....

"I showed them Long Island because you don't get a good feel for it if all you see is the Coliseum. They all loved Long Island. I talked them through my experiences from when I first signed with the Islanders in 2001. "All I knew about Long Island was the Marriott hotel and the Coliseum, but you come here and fall in love with Long Island. That's not to say this was a recruiting mission. It's not like free agency. These kids are going to be happy anywhere they go. But it's a chance to get to know them."

>>Garth Snow discusses hosting Tavares, Hedman and Duchene on separate days on Long Island, in a great update from Greg Logan. Hedman and his dad liked the golf courses -- no word on what Hedman thought of the women, though. Is it possible to over-think this decision at #1? Probably. But I'm happy the Islanders are being this thorough (even more internal meetings are planned). The decision is "kind of a big deal."

According to one league executive, the New York Islanders believe in Hedman and plan on selecting...

According to one league executive, the New York Islanders believe in Hedman and plan on selecting the dynamic player with the No. 1 pick at the June 26 draft in Montreal.

That's at least the second "source says Islanders plan on Hedman" type of reference I've seen recently. But you have to question whether anyone knows the Islanders' thinking -- and whether they even know themselves. Hedman doesn't even visit Long Island until Sunday. Take it all with a grain of salt. (I continue to salivate over both of the top two, honestly. But Ma-aahm, I want both.)

"The Islanders people have barely come out of their conference room for air. They’re meeting with v...

"The Islanders people have barely come out of their conference room for air. They’re meeting with virtually every kid with even the slightest chance of going in the first two rounds. They went from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm yesterday and if they took lunch, I didn’t see them. I’ve never seen a team request to meet with so many prospects."

>>A spy to Chris Botta in his draft combine update. Such diligence is to be expected when you have four picks in the first 37, no? The decision on how to use those -- or to package some -- can make or break the next five years. The gist of Botta's post is quotes from Victor Hedman saying all the right things. Hedman heads to Long Island Sunday and is due in Tampa Bay Tuesday.

"I'll share my observations with Garth Snow," Gordon said. "But at the end of the day, our scouts...

"I'll share my observations with Garth Snow," Gordon said. "But at the end of the day, our scouts and Garth have seen them the most, and it's the little things you see that make the complete package. I'm sure Modo isn't going to send tapes of any of Hedman's bad games.

>>Islanders coach Scott Gordon talking about the NHL draft with Greg Logan. DiPietro update also included.

[Lighthouse Project] has nothing to do with [the #1 pick]. But if you're asking whether they need a...

[Lighthouse Project] has nothing to do with [the #1 pick]. But if you're asking whether they need a drawing card like Tavares, I think their feeling is that they need to build a winner. If they decide they can do that with Tavares, they will. If they think Hedman or Duchene are better suited, they'll go that way.

>>Logan on the "draft to save the team" vs. "draft to build a winner" debate, in today's online chat
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