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Whaling season is over
Whaling season is over
Paul Bereswill

Islanders stuff:

  • This year's edition of Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract is out now, and Dom looked at what Vollman had to say about the Islanders' chances this season. (Spoiler: they're good).
  • It was only a matter of time before the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hit our little home here. Both Garik and I, coincidentally and hilariously, nominated Dom, who accepted with great aplomb.
  • Several Islanders prospects are already getting their seasons underway, and Jess Rubenstein of Islanders Insight has updates on Loic Leduc and Kyle Burroughs.
  • The Junior Islanders finished the Harbin Tournament  in China with a couple of wins and a second place finish. [Islanders]

What Else?

  • The Flames signed Devin Setoguchi on Saturday and Matchsticks and Gasoline likes it.
  • Larry Robinson tries to explain why the Sharks stripped Joe Thornton of the captaincy and succeeds only in creating more questions. [Fear the Fin]
  • Ryan Johansen remains unsigned and training camp looms for the Blue Jackets. [Blue Jackets Xtra]
  • Meanwhile, an era closes as goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere announces his retirement. He will forever be the final member of the Hartford Whalers to leave the NHL. RIP Whale. [Edmonton Journal]
  • AHL Western relocation is getting more real by the day, as a pair of CHL teams suddenly cease operations. [Howlings.net]
  • Former Islander Graeme Townshend is starting a Jamaican National Hockey team. [Toronto Star]
  • Remember that Pavol Demitra charity game we mentioned a few days ago? Here's a video of a touching tribute to the man from the crowd and players at the game. [Bar Down]
  • For fun: You no doubt heard about or caught some of the 12-day Every Simpsons Ever marathon on FXX, even just by accident. Sometime Saturday afternoon, "Lisa on Ice" aired, and  the hockey-centric episode is still one of the series' best. Here's a long review of it that includes some trivia. I want to see you both fighting for your parents' love.