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[Gameday Bits] Finally, the Islanders get to play, too.

The 2013-14 Islanders hit the ice for the first time tonight against the New Jersey Devils.

Alright! We get to play, too.
Alright! We get to play, too.
Paul Bereswill

It's been a long off-season, full of questions and hopes. In a few short hours, we'll start to answer those questions and, with a little luck, inch closer to realizing those hopes.

But enough of my yakkin'. Here are some links to tide you over until then.

Islanders Stuff:

  • John Tavares and Josh Bailey talk to Islanders TV about the upcoming season opener against the Devils. [Islanders]
  • Cal Clutterbuck skated for the first time yesterday after his leg laceration. Here's photographic evidence. [Islanders Instagram]
  • Kevin Schultz asks the question we have all been asking ourselves all summer: was the Islanders' last season a fluke? [Point Blank]
  • A neat Michael Grabner profile from the NHLPA's site. Person who got him into hockey? His mom. [NHLPA]
  • CBS's Jeff Capellini says the season rests on the shoulders of Evgeni Nabokov. [CBS NY]
  • PuckBuddy's Vinny Piccolo talks to Chris Botta about many things Islanders and otherwise including the You Can Play project and, yes, the blog hullabaloo from a few years ago. [PuckBuddies]

While You Were Sleeping:

  • That hilarious and way-over-the-top meltdown on the bench is going to cost Patrick Roy $10,000, courtesy of the NHL. When reached for comment, Anaheim coach and target of Roy's wrath Bruce Boudreau said, "Ten Grand?! You know how much Haagen Daas that'll buy?" [SB Nation NHL]
  • The Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL signed a goalie to a tryout contract last night. Some guy named Ilya Bryzgalov. [SBN]
  • Dennis Seidenberg got a 4-year contract extension from the Bruins. [SCOC]
  • Jason Pominville signed a five-year extension with Minnesota. [SB Nation NHL]
  • Meanwhile, Pominville's old team, the Buffalo Sabres, will be without Ville Leino indefinitely thanks to a cracked rib. Must have injured himself carrying that huge monkey on his back. [Die By The Blade]
  • Also, Sabres president Ted Black offered up a vehement defense of the team's already despised third jersey for this season: "If you don't want it, don't buy it" and "If it's a turd sandwich, I'll have to eat it." Are turd sandwiches popular in Buffalo? [Puck Daddy]
  • I'm not the only one who can have some fun with the endless, irritating, futile NHL fighting debates. This one uses graphs. [Canucks Army]

Vintage Video: The Islanders host the Maple Leafs in the 1997 home opener at the Coliseum. For tonight, let's hope a few guys play like Claude Lapointe did this time 16 years ago.

PS: Sixteen years!? Goddamn!

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