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[Saturday Bits] Skille competition, Fresh Potvin, Melting Gelinas and Tootoo, too

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Sorry. I'm all out of player puns.

Skille and "skill-y"
Skille and "skill-y"
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Islanders things

  • Jack Skille thinks he's finally ready to find a regular role in the NHL. [New$day]
  • The rookies have arrived for Camp Cappy. [Islanders]
  • Andy at Islanders Insight wants to bring back ties. In the NHL. Not, like, Tim Gunn ties. Because he has never not worn them.
  • Who the hell would compare Panthers rookie Aaron Ekblad to Denis Potvin? Oh, it's Denis Potvin. Never mind. [Sun Sentinel]

Around the boards

  • Devils defensman Eric Gelinas remains unsigned and he best be careful not to upset Big Lou. [The Hockey Writers]
  • But don't worry: Jordin Tootoo is coming to Devils camp on a PTO. [PHT]
  • Got some hate or envy for the Bruins? Let's hear it. [LHH]
  • Marc-Andre Fleury is a starter in name only. His stats are, literally, pretty much just like those of his understudies.  [Sportsnet]
  • Canucks fans come to grips with having Ryan Miller as their goalie. Which is weird. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Meanwhile, Vancouver writer Tony Gallagher loses his grip on reality and is now seeing imaginary conspiracies everywhere. [Puck Daddy]
  • Ryan Lambert handicaps the "race" for Connor McDavid and adds a surprise contender (no, it's not the Islanders). [Puck Daddy]
  • Germany's pro hockey league celebrates its 20th anniversary. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Pierre LeBrun reports that a new World Cup of Hockey is almost upon us. [ESPN]
  • Pros and Cons of Expansion courtesy of Down Goes Brown. Not surprisingly, "money" ends up in both columns. [Grantland]
  • New blog At Even Strength focuses on women's hockey.
  • How does height affect draft position? An interesting question pondered very thoroughly at Shinny Stats.
  • Three galleries of this season's new goalie masks. Quien es mas macho? [Hockey by Design]