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Islanders News: Josh Bailey returns, Ryan Strome diversifies, Ryan Pulock defends

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Time for hockey once again.

Ryan Strome's expanding roles include yogi master.
Ryan Strome's expanding roles include yogi master.
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The Islanders are in Florida for a weekend back-to-back. First opponent: the Panthers. Leave your First Islanders Goal picks here.

Things to do with the Islanders

  • The Isles are activating Josh Bailey, with Eric Boulton going to IR. That means new debates lines. [LHH] Such as: It's not automatic Bailey goes right into the lineup. [Newsday]
  • Ryan Strome has earned more ice time by being excellent on the penalty kill. [Isles]
  • How have things been better for the Isles? They know from history that if you play well in front of Halak and Johnson, they'll play well behind you. [Isles]
  • We all know about Ryan Pulock's cannon, but his defense has really grown, to the point Brent Thompson is willing to mention Drew Doughty. [CT Post]
  • The Sound Tigers also made some minor roster moves; meanwhile Hartford took on Tomas Kaberle on a PTO. [Soundin' Off]
  • Matt Martin quite diplomatically discusses fighting's role in the NHL. [Point Blank]
  • Taylor Cammarata's big week earned him Big Ten honors. [Isles]
  • Want some Ho-Sang? He's on the roster for the Monday game in the Canada-Russia Super Series. [Super Series]
  • The Islanders wives and girlfriends do cool volunteer things for the North Shore Animal League and the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. [Isles gallery]

Things to do with other things

  • It's Hall of Fame week. Among the many wonderful things about Dominik Hasek is how he made the barrel roll save cool again, during an era when all goalies were being turned into interchangeable robots. [NHL] asd | Also, ESPN on Rob Blake and on Peter Forsberg | Sun on Pat Burns | Fresno on Bill McCreary | Defending Big D on Mike Modano (back in June)
  • The Oilers are suing the OHL Erie Otters. You think this helps you get McDavid? [Yahoo.ca]
  • NBC Sports has lots of Buffalo games for some reason (usual reason: that market still draws good ratings). Here is how they could save the rest of their schedule from its remaining Sabres slate. [Awful Announcing]
  • Speaking of which, the Sabres let Nino Niederreiter get his first hat trick last night, including an empty netter in a 6-3 win. The cool thing was that the teams exchanged three goals in 17 seconds, plus Ryan Carter scored via crosscheck. [NHL] Other scores included the Smurfs losing to the Avalanche in a shootout, and Kari Lehtonen making a ridiculous save in tight.
  • Why the NHL should steer clear of the Maloofs, who "the Post has learned" are already supposed to be owners of a Vegas team that doesn't exist yet. [SB Nation, from a Sacramento Kings fan who experienced lots of tomaloofery]
  • This is sad news that has gotten sadder: Bryan Murray's cancer is at Stage 4. [SB Nation]
  • If all these teams are getting sick in SoCal, it's only fair a couple of key Ducks get the mumps. [SB Nation | ESPN]

Some goalies talk to their goal posts. Pekka Rinne wrestles with them: