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New York Islanders Tea Leaves: Answers, therapy and meditations from your beatwriter

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Who will be waived/demoted? Who will be on the top line? Where's the best pressbox in the NHL?

Best fit for LW1 so far?
Best fit for LW1 so far?
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Occasionally Arthur Staple of Newsday, the only beatwriter assigned to cover the Islanders home and road, unleashes a Q&A via Twitter for Isles fans, whose thirst for information and conspiracy is unquenchable.

Occasionally we grab the best bits for posterity, and because some of you have Twitter blocked at work. Not that you should be reading about hockey at work.

Staple did one last night from Phoenix via his handle @StapeNewsday. Here are some highlights and takeaways:

On Johnny Boychuk's Importance, Contract Status

Staple called Boychuk a team MVP (other than Tavares) on the ice and in the room so far. He also said no indication of contract discussions yet (even though Boychuk has doubled past the Strait Extension Threshold):

And on his move from PP1 to PP2, and back and forth...concern about opponents cheating on him:

Who Gets Waived When Health Returns?

Not like full health ever arrives, but who gets waived when Josh Bailey returns? Could be Anders Lee, could be Cory Conacher, could be Matt Donovan...

The First-Line Left Wing

Who's been best so far? Nikolay Kulemin.

And who should or will be there? Everyone and then some:

Not Moulson. Dal Colle? Too soon. Lee? Strome? Stop projecting, people.

But not Brock Nelson:

Can We Get Our Perfect 12? We Want the Perfect 12.

Did I mention there were many familiar user handles in the Q&A? Sometimes it feels like LHH goes to Twitter for temporary relief from the Fourth Line Wars and Bailey Inquisition.

You mean Strome? I keep hearing in comments it must be Strome BECAUSE ISLANDERS!?


But We Want MOAR

Who might the isles target at the trade deadline? Way too early to know. But by profile? Maybe a Joel Ward type:

Grabovski vs. Nabokovski

From our own Chris McNally, who is more entertaining?

Finally, Tell Me Why the Coliseum is Great

As always, the sight lines for hockey:

Catch Staple on Twitter at @StapeNewsday where you can sift through the entire Q&A.