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[Bits] Trottier joins Nolan; the 'other' Chad Johnson; Subban on Toronto; Leafs keep Gardiner; Frolik and Jets punt

Who wouldn't want to hear Trots, Nolan and Irbe talk hockey?

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Vaguely Islanders-Related News
  • Bryan Trottier was willing to come back to coaching for former Islanders coach Ted Nolan, according to the Buffalo News. That report says after a summer of speculation on who Nolan's assistants will be, the Islanders legend and general badass will be announced as one of Nolan's new assistants sometime soon -- and Arturs Irbe was under consideration to replace Jim Corsi as goaltending coach too. [Sabres Edge]
  • The Joe Finley Era is over (for your Isles and Sound Tigers): The big man has signed with Hamilton, Montreal's AHL affiliate. [Spectator]
  • Casey Cizikas breaks down a couple goals from last season. [IslesTV]

The "other" Ocho Cinco acknowledges what only niche hockey fans have been thinking:

  • Leafs fans are stunned by a sudden and unexpected wave of good decisions, the latest being the club's decision to extend Jake Gardiner. [PPP]
  • Peter Mueller returns to the NHL with the Blues on a two-way contract. He's the former Coyotes top pick whose career was derailed by concussions. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Jets and Michael Frolik, who had discussed a long-term deal, avoid arbitration and settle on a one-year deal that could carry him to unrestricted free agency. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Chad LaRose took a year off from hockey and now signs with Carolina's AHL affiliate for 2014-15. [Canes]
  • Also in the fresh start category in Carolina: Brady Vail, an unsigned Habs pick. [Cardiac Cane]
Fun Reads
  • The Forrest Gumps of the NHL include arena killer Jocelyn Thibault. [Grantland]
  • Gordie Howe was on "What's My Line?" and the answer was not "You and your sons." [Greatest Hockey Legends]
  • A great, wide-ranging and sincere interview with P.K. Subban that will probably get him in trouble for something or other. [National Post]
  • Barry Trots is energized and ready to go with a fresh start in D.C. [NHL]
  • I would not call these old Smurfs jeans commercials "hypnotic" so much as "very Rangers," but it's good to hear the jeans line went bust and is now owned by Wal-Mart. [SB Nation]
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