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"The biggest thing is we don't want him to feel like he's got to be the guy every night. We want it...

"The biggest thing is we don't want him to feel like he's got to be the guy every night. We want it to be a smooth transition for him ... He's a pretty mature kid. He's been through a lot ... I'm sure if there is anybody that is going to be quick to handle everything, it'll be him."

>>Scott Gordon discusses his new prize, John Tavares.

"Every time you go into a city, or a new community where you don’t know too many people, it’s alw...

"Every time you go into a city, or a new community where you don’t know too many people, it’s always nice to be welcomed by the people you are going to be dealing with everyday and it’s going to be great to interact with them."

It's an arranged marriage, but one that Islanders fans and John Tavares are walking into happily. He gets his formal introduction July 8 at 12:30 (open to the public), before mini-camp starts July 9. The Sunday, July 12 session of mini-camp is open to the public. Many will fall in love instantly; some will begin plotting what part of his game to pick apart after October's first loss. Such is hockey.

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).

"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 want to be an Islander. Can you please make that clear?"

"I want to be an Islander. Can you please make that clear?"

>>John Tavares, as told to Chris Botta

Frankly, as it became apparent the Islanders had a strong shot at the No. 1 pick this season, my...

Frankly, as it became apparent the Islanders had a strong shot at the No. 1 pick this season, my feeling was that they needed Tavares more than they needed anything else. But lately, I'm not so sure. Comparing notes with NHL players, broadcasters and personnel experts I know, it's much closer to an even split on the Tavares vs. Hedman question. I haven't yet got a sense of where people stand on Duchene by comparison.

>>Greg Logan, Islanders beat writer for Newsday (aka the paper that covered the Islanders before Tavares)

"Matt Duchene is a very good player who has progressed a lot. His all-around game is very strong,...

"Matt Duchene is a very good player who has progressed a lot. His all-around game is very strong, and he continues to get better. Let's not forget John Tavares has been coming through for years ... Remember that Mike Bossy was not a great defensive player when he was drafted, but he sure helped his franchise."

>>Tavares and Duchene agent Pat Brisson, who of course has an interest in promoting both.

"When Snow said Monday that he would listen to trade offers as a matter of due diligence, that was...

"When Snow said Monday that he would listen to trade offers as a matter of due diligence, that was before he knew exactly where he was picking. Now that he controls the No. 1 spot ... there's a big difference."

>>Newsday Well, I've never had a problem with doing "due diligence" -- before or after the lottery. But I also don't know -- if we're to believe Tavares and Hedman are 1 and 1A -- why securing the #1 pick should change that stance much.

Listen, the way -- I won't even mention the name -- but the way he does his business is the polar...

Listen, the way -- I won't even mention the name -- but the way he does his business is the polar opposite of the way I do things. I'm not going to sit on a soapbox, a grandstand, and announce any of my intentions. We like to keep our business in house, and whether it's talking to another manager... one of my players, one of my coaches, in my office, it stays within the four walls. That's just the way I am ... the way we operate.

Garth Snow, on Leafs Lunch Wednesday, expressing his admiration for the m.o. of Brian 'Bluster' Burke. The quote has been spliced quite a bit elsewhere, so I thought I'd post his (mostly) full answer here.
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