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UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 27: Charles Wang, owner of the New York Islanders, speaks during the fan rally at Nassau Coliseum on July 27, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 27: Charles Wang, owner of the New York Islanders, speaks during the fan rally at Nassau Coliseum on July 27, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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WebBard is busy this weekend, but he had time to throw together this little memory lane clip at Keith's request:


Meanwhile, I apologize again to everyone who's coming for hockey talk and to get their mind off the referendum. It's just it's such a pivotal moment and dominates the focus at least through Monday. That said, there's plenty of hockey to talk in the following links as well, including New Jersey avoiding arbitration with Zach Parise but only inking his name on a one-year deal, which means he can be a UFA next summer...

Thanks to everyone who keeps adding interesting links via FanShot, too. Exactly how that tool is supposed to work, and it keeps people talking even when us official authors are too lazy to add something new.

In Lou We Trust talks more about the Parise deal here. It's important to remember that just because he signed for one year doesn't mean he won't sign an extension before next summer. In fact, odds are that will happen. But a player in his position won't be able to sign a mid-season extension until after Jan. 1 -- so if things go sour in Newark two years in a row, watch out.

LHH Reader Question

Copper & Blue does a "top 25 under 25" about Oilers players and prospects. It's a chance to rank, debate, and update the progress of young players in their team's system. My question: Is that something you'd be interested from LHH? Anything you'd do differently? And furthermore, are there other recurring posts/topics that you'd like us to add to our plate?

Nassau Coliseum Referendum Links

Nick with an update on many things, including the Rock the Referendum contest (canceled, sorry) and an incredible bit of dishonesty from the Association for a Better Long Island: They actually turned their own Facebook debate into suggesting voters will be intimidated at the polls, and would require security.

I don't begrudge you if you have political, financial, or other democratic reasons for voting no. But if you engage in bankrupt intellectual dishonesty like that, you are every bit the problem with politics, and you deserve an ill-informed, aging constituency. What a joke from the "association."

If the referendum doesn't pass, I don't want to think about what's next. However, if it does pass (probably will), I doubt this battle is over. Just be ready. (Either way, next week around here will be about hockey, I promise.)