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Islanders News: Bryan Trottier on flipping the double bird, relations with Ted Nolan, Al Arbour's health

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A shocking volume of Islanders reads for a mid-August day.

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He's always loved working with the prospects.
He's always loved working with the prospects.
Bruce Bennett

I'm not going to say that NHL training camps around the corner, but today is Aug. 12. The months are about to become weeks.

New York Islanders Reads
  • New Sabres assistant coach Bryan Trottier (man that sounds weird) discusses some old tales, including that infamous double-bird photo (right at the start), Al Arbour, plus Arbour's health (about 4:30 in), Trottier's history (and debates) with Ted Nolan, and why he loves working with young players. [Sabres]
  • Joshua Ho-Sang returned to his roots to provide on-ice inspiration to the Skillz Black Aces, a youth hockey team that he played for over four summers. [Color of Hockey]
  • MOAR ice buckets challenges! Doug Weight accepts the challenge, as does Kyle Okposo -- who later warned his recipients like Matt Moulson to remember to break up the ice first. [IslesTV]
  • A collection of fan memories (including Kevin Connolly's) of Nassau Coliseum. [CBS NY]
  • Yesterday we talked the secret behind Kyle Okposo's rebound, and Corey Pronman's Top 100 NHL Prospects (with seven Isles) [LHH]
  • Going to an ugly sweater holiday party? $60 will get you this lovely Islanders version. [Clarktoys]
  • Oh look, an SI story that says the Isles ownership is crazy for wanting a sale price above a Forbes valuation but the Panthers ownership is savvy for navigating that whole thing they have going on down there. [SI]
Worthy Things Involving Unworthy Teams
  • On the Panthers situation, which has been a while coming given their location, arena deal and other variables: "the current business model is not sustainable." [THN]
  • Dallas Eakins says the Oilers hired stats blogger Tyler Dellow "because he has a goddamn opinion," though also because he was getting offers from other teams too. [Globe and Mail]
  • Nobody, flat out nobody is gonna beat Paul Bissonnette's ice bucket challenge production. Glaciers. Helicopter. Multiple camera angles. [SB Nation]
  • Hot streaks lead to more ice time and opportunity, and other thoughts about Corsi measured in goals. [Hockey-Graphs]
  • The latest in the defunct franchise series: Remembering the Montreal Maroons, who had a chance to rule that town. [SB Nation]
  • Don Cherry's history of antagonism goes way back, here when he had words with Tom McVie. [Japers' Rink]
  • Torey Krug or his people are pleased to use a rumored KHL offer in his negotiations with the Bruins, who have a lot of defensemen. [Puck Daddy]
  • Patrick Kane isn't falling for your photo-with-a-rival-logo entrapment scheme. [oddlynamedsite]

Finally, not hockey at all, but further mourning: If you liked, and now miss, Robin Williams, this was a good podcast from 2010 (with an updated introduction) with Marc Maron.