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Islanders News: Tavares on everything, Strait on health, Grabovski on Grabovski

Basking in the glow of a meaningless preseason victory.

"Psst, I think that's Chad Johnson over there."
"Psst, I think that's Chad Johnson over there."
Bruce Bennett

The New York Islanders return from Brooklyn as victors, having been viewed as liberators. Surely.

It was a return engagement to try out the future digs, and though the ice was crappy, the fan experience sounded great.

  • About last night: boxscore | LHH recap with quotes, shootout highlights | Isles recap | ILWT
  • Grabovski is shy, so it's nice when Kulemin is around to help open his friend up. [Newsday]
  • Staple talks about the roster squeeze and speculates who might be behind. [Newsday]
  • Hi, I'm Chad Johnson, and I won last night. [Isles TV interview]
  • Brian Strait is tired of hearing about his injuries, and well aware of competition in camp. [IPB]
  • Here is a quickie video with fan sounds and sights before last night's game. [Isles TV]
  • Catch Calvin de Haan on NHL Live the other day? Here's the segment. [Isles]
  • Extensive Islanders season preview, and that's only the half of it. [Islanders Insight]
  • And here is John Tavares with's Kathryn Tappen:

How was Barclays Center This Time?

Go to the game? How'd you like it? And for those who went last year, notice any major changes/improvements since last September?

Here was Dan, briefly, after the game:

What about the rest of you?

Beyond Brooklyn
  • P.A. Parenteau and Patrick Roy disagree with how things would have continued in Colorado. But that's okay, because Parenteau is among cool linemates now. [ESPN]
  • Do you know how much it sucks to have everyone talking about how you'll be traded all summer long? Johnny Oduya and Nick Leddy do. [PHT]
  • NBC's new NHL promos are "Loving You" style. [SB Nation]
  • The Beanpot in Belfast? Cahm ahn. [SBN College Hockey]
  • Oh look, politics and sports and mingling in Quebec's expansion quest. [Canada]
  • Already with the Sabres McDavid jerseys? [Puck Daddy]
  • More on players' offseason training and the trainers who profit. [ESPN]
  • Ryan Kesler on being in Anaheim. [Yahoo]