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Splintered Blades 8-27-08

"August was the cruelest month..."Or so T.S. Eliot would have written if he were a hockey fan. (Of course, if Eliot were a '90s-era fan, "The Wasteland" may have been "The NHL.") August is so slow...

The Transformation of Marc-Andre Bergeron

"Who would have thought that a player whose defensive problems were as frightening as his 100-miles-per-hour slapshot could learn to play in the tight defensive system favored by Wild coach Jacques Lemaire?" Great post by Newsday's Greg Logan, describing MAB's 180 and how Lemaire taught him some things no coach had before. This guy was dumped twice last season, got in all of 55 games, and was left for dead. Logan also gets into the nature of players fitting and not fitting systems, which is a bit of a hot topic among Islanders fans right now.

Splinters: Islanders Rx

Sampling of links from Islanders fans assessing what's next.

What, precisely, those differences were, Nolan will not say, beyond saying the rumours about him...

What, precisely, those differences were, Nolan will not say, beyond saying the rumours about him playing the veterans when Snow wanted him to play the kids are untrue. ... ... He is not awash in bitterness this time around. Nolan is too busy to be angry, busy watching Jordan play, and busy traveling to just about any native community that invites him to talk ...

National Post | (stick-tap to Mile High Hockey)

No really, Gordon is playing the Islander kids

One reason Garth Snow hired Scott Gordon was to play the kids, and -- contrary to some misinformation out there -- Gordon is doing just that.

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