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Islanders Bits: Coliseum referendum set; Kabanov to be dispersed

Casey Cizikas: Coming to a training camp near you.
Casey Cizikas: Coming to a training camp near you.

How many mornings until we stop saying "never a dull day in Islanders Country"?

The Lewiston Maineiacs (like Keith, not gonna shout "MAINE") are indeed folding, which means the QMJHL loses its only U.S. team, which means Islanders prospect Kirill Kabanov will likely be subject to a dispersal draft of former Maineiac players. Tough day for the owner. After 2011-12 a new franchise will be in Sherbrooke, which once had a Q team...that moved to Lewiston.

Oh, and this was kind of a big deal: The Nassau County legislature voted 11-7 in favor of putting the arena referendum on the ballot for a special election Aug. 1. More interesting notes from the session, as usual, from Nick at Let There Be Light(house). And a snippet of debate between a legislator and a union member.

More Islanders and more hockey discussion after the jump:

The other big Islanders news was that Casey Cizikas is officially in the fold. So another June 1 passes, and all the Isles' ducks are in a row (the June 1-dependent ones, that is) except for Jason Gregoire and Blake Kessel, who are set to explore the open market.

Speaking of June 1, the Flames and Tim Erixon...? Flames get a 2nd-round compensatory pick if they didn't sign him.

NEW: Derek King talks to Chris Botta about them ol' days.

The big news touted for the Panthers today will be the naming of Kevin Dineen as coach. Interesting choice. Last time they went for the hot junior coach. Now they go for a fairly hot AHL coach. He played for and worked under ex-Panthers coach Doug MacLean in Columbus. Columbus fans have fond memories of Dineen; MacLean, not so much.

The big news for Atlanta and Winnipeg was...well, you know:


Oh by the way: THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS are still on. The final begins tonight. Who are you rooting for?

And your moment of zen -- Mike Mottau discusses how NHLers see the existing areener: