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Working Link to Clarkie's "Mario" Interview

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Ignore the summary. Just click on the podcast.

This day in Islanders draft history

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May 28, 1974 [The finals were over in May back then?!] -- The Islanders select Clark Gillies 4th overall (two behind Wilf Paiement, one of the rare NHLers to wear #99) and Bryan Trottier 22nd overall (second round, one behind Islander-for-a-game Bruce Affleck) in the NHL Entry Draft. Apparently, those two guys were important or something. I suppose they were OK. The Islanders also got "Core of the Four" member Dave Langevin at #112, in round seven -- which wasn't even half-way through the draft. That draft was twenty-five rounds and conducted "in secret via conference call" to keep the new WHA from poaching players.

Who's on your Islanders Mt. Rushmore?

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Per Buccigross's bit, for each NHL team. It's either a sign of their greatness -- or how the club's glory years were condensed into one era -- that the Islanders' options are so obvious. He goes with Bossy, Potvin, Trottier, Smith. Like Bucci, I could swap the other retired number in for Smith, but ... it's hard. There is also the Westfall temptation, for "founding fathers" purposes. If you had to spread among eras ... LaFontaine, Turgeon, and ... anyone from this decade?

2nd-generation Islanders love story

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A great piece by Justin Bourne at Chris Botta's blog, with an enticing offer: the price of one wedding for the "breeding rights" to the offspring of two Islanders legends. Take it, Mr. Wang! 2.5 picks for the price of one wedding? It's a steal! [Romance aside, the description of Gillies and his Newfies is priceless.]

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