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[Bits] Numbers Crunch, Sound Tigers Signings, Everybody Avoids Arbitration

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Just put the money in the bag and nobody gets hurt.

It's my mustache, isn't it?
It's my mustache, isn't it?
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Islanders bits

  • Chris compares two of the Islanders most discussed trade chips: Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey.
  • Mark hosted another Retro Game Thread and everyone relived the night the Islanders clipped the flightless fowl.
  • Nikolai Kulemin and TJ Brennan have chosen their uniform numbers for the season. [@NYIslanders]
  • Islanders Day at the Hockey Hall of Fame is next Wednesday, July 30th. Wear a jersey and stuff might happen.
  • The Sound Tigers have added two UMass Alums, although neither are Julius Erving. It's actually forward Mike Pereira and forward/defenseman Adam Phillips. [CT Post]

Elsewhere

  • Hide your goalies: The Rangers re-signed Chris Kreider for two years. [Brooksie]
  • Ryan O'Reilly and the Avalanche come to a peace accord moments before launching into an arbitration battle and settled for two years, $12 million in a good deal for a core player [CBS Sports]. Dater relays the entire truce in dramatic fashion. [Denver Post]
  • Who should the Blackhawks trade to make cap room? Jonathan Willis nominates Nick Leddy. [Bleacher Report]
  • Smart guy Scott Cullen says the Leafs hiring smart guy Kyle Dubas is smart.
  • NHL GMs love "winners," probably because they don't do drugs. [SB Nation]
  • New helmets might prevent concussions. [NY Times]
  • Corey Sarich was involved in a biking accident when he was struck by a car in British Columbia. He's expected to make a full recover. Good luck to him. [The Score]
  • Former Penguins defenseman Jim Paek is the new head coach of the Korean men's hockey team. [IIHF]
  • Former NHLer Patrick Cote is going to jail for bank robbery yes you read that correctly. [Slam Sports]
  • Former ref Paul Stewart on the politics of officiating both on an off the ice. [Huffington Post]
  • Current Blackhawk Patrick Kane played a pick-up shinny game with some Buffalo locals recently. This is a remarkably difficult task for professional hockey players. [Bourne at The Score]