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"There won't be any definitive actions taken on expansion," reads the talking point.

Believed to be taken when he had functioning hamstrings.
Believed to be taken when he had functioning hamstrings.
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Happy Hanukkah, however you prefer to spell it. After a traveling back-to-back over the weekend, the Isles got to chill Sunday. Now it's back to work in prep for Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Islanders Reads
  • It was a crazy and mostly productive week on the Islanders front, but that first game against the city rivals in Brooklyn was a memorable one to behold. [LHH]
  • The Islanders week in review, and you know very well who had the best goal. [Isles]
  • The Sound Tigers gutted out a very long last minute and another Joe Whitney hat trick for the win. [Soundin' Off | CT Post]
  • Also: Connor Jones has an AHL deal. [Soundin' Off]
  • Mathew Barzal scored twice in Seattle's win while rocking some pretty sweet throwback jerseys. [My Northwest]
  • Speaking of which, if you missed it in yesterday's roundup, here's a good Q&A with Barzal [Isles]
The Great Big Beyond

  • Fined for spearing Brad Marchand? Sure, but it was totally worth it, says Prust. [Puck Daddy] Which shows what a joke the fine discipline method is. [WIM]
  • The NHL remains cagey wink wink about expansion. [TSN | NHL]
  • In which I sort of agree with an old grey-haired columnist, except not really: The coach's challenge is a failure. (But for me, not because it's poorly enforced, rather because it wastes time on a rather insignificant part of the game.) [TSN]
  • The Sabres and Oilers are trying to shake off that stench of losing. We know how that goes. [CP]
  • Jonathan Bernier got sent to the AHL and pitched two consecutive shutouts. So there, conditioned! [TSN]
  • Injuring his hamstrings and requiring surgery via a missed hit (or perhaps slew foot by Phaneuf) is the most Steve Ott thing ever. [St. Louis Game Time]
  • A little more on that NWHL vs. CWHL game at the Winter Classic. [SB Nation]
  • Also about the women, the Rink Around the Rosies Podcast. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • It's a KHL own goal, sure, but it's a helluva backhand. [Puck Daddy]
  • Are Steven Stamkos and Jon Cooper on the same page? And how does that impact Stamkos signing in Toronto? [TSN]
  • Finally, someone has broken the teddy bear toss record. [Puck Daddy]