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New York Islanders News: Media tours begin, John Tavares and newcomers ready to rock

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He can be rebuilt.
He can be rebuilt.
Streeter Lecka

It's really happening. More New York Islanders are showing up to unofficial camp, and NHL stars are starting to do the media rounds to fill reporters' notebooks with quotes. As Spinal Tap once recommended, it's time to smell the Zamboni.

  • An updated list (and photos) of the Islanders skating at Iceworks. Halak and Johnson in, ready to help each other. Mikhail Grabovski in from California. [Isles]
  • Those newcomers are excited for the season. [NHL]
  • Podcasts: Arthur Staple of Newsday on sportstalkny. | The IPB gang discuss camp, the West, the pending franchise sale.
  • The John Tavares 3000 is fully operational. [NHL] Oh, and he's a fan of roster depth. [Fanshot from same]
  • Speaking of which: An NHL all-bargain team. [SB Nation]
  • If you didn't see this yesterday, then carve out 10 minutes on your schedule and plan to be awed by this German Isles fan cave. [LHH]
  • Travis Hamonic, breakout candidate? [Isles Nation]
  • Those Reinharts, they are bros. [NHL]
  • The ECHL affiliate in Stockton signed Tyler Shattock, a former Blues pick who wants to go back to being an offensive defenseman. And he has a message for fans. [Thunder]
  • ESPN noticed the Islanders addressed their goalie situation. [ESPN] (Alas, did not.)
  • As proof, here are those goalies' new pads. [Twitter]
Beyond the Island
  • Like Tavares, Crosby feels totally fine (and the hit came against the Blues) [Sporting News]
  • Ben Bishop, however, does not. Not yet. [NHL]
  • Stephane Quintal is the league's new safety czar. [SB Nation]
  • A brief history of hockey video games. [THN] (Speaking of which, have you taken the video game Islanders quiz?)
  • Contract stalemate of the day: Sens are not close with Marc Methot. [Sun]
  • The secret to true "advanced" stats could be installing RFID chips in jerseys to track player movement. [Globe & Mail]
  • Arnold voice: "A ha-ha-ha, ah ha-ha-ha, you think this is the real Carlyle? It is." [Hope Smoke]
  • The Penguins might have a yellow third jersey. [Pensburgh]
  • The Coyotes will wear a throwback for one night only. Psychedelic. [Sportslogos]
  • Some confusion (and misleading news baiting?) on this headline, but bankers who think they know think an expansion team in Toronto would cost $1.2 billion in fees and such. [TSN]
  • Here's a thought: Maybe Martin Brodeur should retire. [THN]