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Islanders Bits: Everybody growing here

Nino Niederreiter's Swiss team wins silver at the Worlds, as the Islanders look forward to which prospects will excel in 2013-14.

If it's not too much bother, Nabby would prefer a lane to see the puck here.
If it's not too much bother, Nabby would prefer a lane to see the puck here.
Paul Bereswill

The Islanders official site focuses on the playoff appearance to say the future is bright, while at the end of last week they were highlighting waiver-infused competition for roster spots during the season.

That competition only gets stiffer next fall, and one competitor is coming off a good season and a good World Championship for a surprising medal winner in Switzerland. The great Swiss run ended with a loss but a silver medal on Sunday, as host Sweden took the gold. Nino Niederreiter had a good tournament.

The U.S. team, knocked out by the Swiss in the semifinal, beat Finland in a shootout for bronze.

Meanwhile, back home in the melodrama, you'll be surprised to learn that Larry Brooks thinks the whole Brooklyn Islanders-to-Nassau-sometimes thing is silly (bold emphasis mine):

The Rangers/MSG already have approved the Islanders’ move to Brooklyn, as was required under the NHL constitution. There is no reason at all to believe they would green-light this hopscotch back to the Island

Hmm, is that because they care about the Islanders not invading full time, or because they're also involved in a bid to repurpose the Coliseum property?