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Islanders Bits: Time to power up; Hickey excited; Working in Aucoin

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Tis the season. The season for getting this crazy machine off and running.

New Isle, old Isle.
New Isle, old Isle.
Jeff Gross

Like all teams, the New York Islanders are working on the fly to get a normal training camp -- and several new, unfamiliar bodies -- into a team structure within just one week.

In a nice sign, new acquisition Keith Aucoin was splitting duties with Marty Reasoner at 4C this morning, per Newsday's Arthur Staple and the team twitter. But what if they added a different center who's available at waiver wire prices?

  • Talk of the powerplay: Making the Time Count [see see sidebar, including PP lines] | The PP didn't look so hot in the scrimmage; they hadn't gotten to that phase of camp yet. [New York Hockey Journal]
  • On Thomas Hickey: Change of scenery? [official site] | Being claimed by the Isles was the "best news I've heard in a long time." [NY Hockey Journal] | Why didn't he make it with the Kings? [Quisp]
  • Local hockey broadcasters talk about the Isles' move to Brooklyn [Newsday]
  • Playoffs? Johnny T. talkin' about playoffs? [Post]
  • UPDATED: Tavares on BBoomer & Carton, asking how he spent da monts and monts witaut hockey.
  • How does this team get over the hump in the division? [IPB]
  • This is how the gang at Japers' Rink saw new Islander Keith Aucoin at the end of last year. [Japers']
  • A look at the Islanders' first 10 games. [THW]
  • Nino Niederreiter and Matt Donovan are All-Stars. [Soundin' Off]

Non-Islanders

  • By dumping Matthew Lombardi and waiving Tim Connolly, the Leafs are going with the Utes. [ESPN]
  • Who will win the Cup, do you reckon? [Puck Daddy]
  • These are impressive beards. [the Score]
  • Nikolai Khabibulin is not good anymore. [Copper n Blue]

Still can't believe it all (finally) starts tomorrow, can you?