So yeah, big day all around for the Islanders. For the insignificant yet on-ice side, as previously mentioned I'll be in Kansas City and will file a "report" after the game, while something a little more important is going on. Hey, that's how things roll; K.C. can be a fun town.
For the game, we know John Tavares won't be there, and we know the Brothers Westgarth will. Josh Bailey and Dwayne Roloson are the name-player bones thrown to the K.C. crowd from the Isles end. Also reported: Jon Sim on a line with Greg Moore and Jesse Joensuu. Katie Strang has the rest of the lineup here. ("K.C., are you ready for preseason hockey baby?!"). For the perspective of those being tossed like pawns in the pro sports relocation game, here's a Hockey in K.C. blog I enjoy. (Another I originally omitted: PucKChaser.)
Meanwhile, for the Island-centric bigger picture:
- Puck Daddy with a take on the Isles and the K.C. hockey picture.
- Newsday live blog of Lighthouse zoning hearing
- Lighthouse Development Group live blog of hearing
- Live play-by-play from Chris Botta [Islanders Point Blank]
- Early criticism at the hearing [Newsday]
Once again, good luck to all. I'm 'onna watch me some exhibition hockey.