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Islanders Bits: Life During Lockout Time; Hamonic Prepares for Bridgeport

Do not cross this now-22-year-old, okay?
Do not cross this now-22-year-old, okay?

The sound of Bettman, off in the distance
I'm getting used to it now
Lived in a brownstone, lived in Nassau
No preseason games in this town

This ain't no playoffs, this ain't no season
This ain't no fooling around
No time for hockey, negotiations
Fehr's not got time for that now

Transmit the message, to addicted fans
Hope for a season some day
I got three tickets, couple of jerseys
But they've no number, no name

Heard about Boston? Heard about Detroit?
Heard about bandwagon Pittsburgh?
Once empty rinks there, now rolling in cash
But they won't revenue share

Guess I'll just play my, EA Sports game
Win my Stanley somehow
While billionaires fight, millionaires and
We all curse the lockout


It's fun to watch how teams react and navigate the NHL lockout rule of not promoting NHL players. For the Islanders, who had their charity golf tournament yesterday, that meant promoting players whom fans very much see as Islanders, but who are assigned to AHL Bridgeport.

That means shots of Matt Donovan teeing off, as well as Ty Wishart and Johan Sundstrom and Doug Weight. Dee Karl has a good roundup from the event, talking to players and Weight and Bryan Trottier about non-lockout things, but getting a good taste of the day.

Other stuff:

And yeah, nothing more from the league or union's talking heads at the moment. (See what I did there?)

But on a happier note, here's the official site write-up previewing Bridgeport Sound Tigers training camp. I will quote the impeccable Travis Hamonic and leave it at that:

"I expect to be a dominant player at the NHL level, so needless to say, I expect nothing less than to be a dominant player at the American League level for however long this thing lasts."

Just when you wonder why you bother watching this league, you're reminded of a Hamonic.