Along with the formal news of Mark Streit's appointment as captain came some usual training camp bumps and bruises: Old Brian Rolston "tweaked" his groin and will be re-evaluated today, and the WRHU guys reported Kirill Kabanov leaving the building with a brace on his wrist, apparently after a slash.
Meanwhile, in off-ice circus news, there was a report of movement(!) on what to do with the Coliseum:
"Architects, engineers, government officials and labor leaders Wednesday unveiled a $346.5-million proposal to renovate the Nassau Coliseum and turn the surrounding 77 acres into a sports-entertainment complex. But the development, for which the builder would have to secure financing, drew noncommittal responses from key players, including County Executive Edward Mangano, the Town of Hempstead and Islanders owner Charles Wang, who all would have a say in the project's future."
Oh, right. Them.
That report was discussed some in various threads here yesterday, as well as its own FanShot here. It's nice that someone cares -- hey, an outdoor ice rink too -- and maybe this at least restarts the conversation productively.
But forgive me for fatiguing on the drill and not making a big deal of a proposal about a proposal. Wake me up when they speak with the guy who owns the NHL franchise.
- Wang's just focused on the season, too. [Newsday]
- More coverage of Streit named captain in the Post. And more expansive quotes in the official site story.
- The ECHL non-affiliation with Kalamazoo: Michael Fornabaio digs up more. Not a lot of contracts to send them. Plus, the goalie jam...
- 7th Woman has pics and notes from Media Day.
- Eric Hornick breaks down the Isles broadcast schedule, with how many will run on MSG+ and how many are on MSG+2000-North Korea.
Press Conference Video: Wang, Snow, Capuano, Streit
Video from yesterday's Media Day presser:
It's Only Preseason, But:
Evgeni Malkin was flying around the ice last night for the Penguins. Did not look like a guy coming off knee surgery.
- Adam Larsson looked good for the Devils, had a few assists.
- Temporary Islander Christian Ehrhoff had a nice night for the Sabres, setting up a goal by pinching down the right boards, then scoring one of his own on a blast from the right point. If that summer flirtation taught me anything, it's where to put the h's in Ehrhoff's name.
- Sean Couturier signed his ELC with the Flyers.
And more from around hockey:
- I'm exhausted just reading about this: LaFontaine, Webb complete 48-hour, 550-mile ride - NHL.com
- Well this exhausted me, too, but for other reasons: Driving Play: A Thought Experiment about Goaltending, Fenwick, and Lineup Construction
- Brendan Shanahan released a DVD explaining new player safety rules. FanShot here. Some from USA Today here.
- Great read with Brent Severyn about the tangled life of an enforcer. There is also a FanPost about it here (which should really be a FanShot.)
- From a few days ago, this was an interesting sampling of NHL stars on head shots: N.H.L. Stars Are Split on Full Ban of Hits to Head - NYTimes.com
- The Leafs cut half their training camp roster. They're still winning the Cup though. Toronto columnists tell me so -- before they call me a sheep for believing it.
"The height of the arena would increase by as much as 25 feet..." that Coliseum report said. Be wary of drug claims that have not been verified by the FDA.