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Islanders Gameday News: Boychuk on Board; Senators storm in; Mangano mistaken; Rangers hatin'

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Put the champagne away. It's game time.

Karate come from here.
Karate come from here.
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After yesterday's excitement, the Islanders get back to work tonight against the Senators, who beat the Canadiens 5-2 last night. FIG picks go here. Keep an eye out for scratches later this morning or just follow the plumes of smoking rising from the villagers' torches.

Islanders links

  • Yes. It's all true. Johnny Boychuk is now on Twitter at @JoBoych.
  • Oh. One more thing. He also signed a seven-year, $42 million contract extension with the Islanders. A big ticket for a big part of the locker room. [LHH with updates | Newsday]
  • Opinions on the Boychuk signing range from "good but pricey" to "by the time it's bad, the Islanders could have multiple Stanley Cups." [LHH]
  • One more: Boychuk's signing signals a change in the franchise. [USA Today]
  • The two days off were a chance for the players to rest and reset. [IPB]
  • Somebody tell Steven Marcus at Newsday that Brian Strait is the designated whipping boy because I don't think he knows.
  • Ed Mangano's "hope" of the Islanders returning to Nassau County is not shared by the team. But you already knew that. [Newsday]
  • About 90 minutes before the Boychuk news broke, I posted Episode 5 of the Last Call in Nassau series, in which my best friend and I see the Islanders lay an egg against the Hurricanes and eat at All American.
  • Brian from Point Blank lets the Rangers hate flow through him. I think he speaks for all of us.
  • Turns out a March 13th against the Cleveland Barons in 1977  had a lot of milestones for the Islanders. [NYI Skinny]
  • The Sound Tigers special teams are very unspecial and contributed to the team losing 11 of it's past 12 games. [CT Post]
  • Aaron Ness took a puck in the face during practice, a metaphor for the Sound Tigers season. [Soundin' Off]
  • Bridgeport will host Irish Night this Saturday for all the lads n' lasses. [BST]

Elsewhere

  • The Rangers will be without defenseman Kevin Klein for 4-6 weeks thanks to an upper body injury. [NY Post]
  • Following the Penguins for a full game day. [Triblive]
  • More minor league upheaval. In the AHL, Hamilton moves to St. John's and St. John's moves to Winnipeg, while the OHL's Belleville Bulls move to Hamilton. [The Hockey News | EOTP on the Bulldogs old and new]
  • Gary Roberts is coming to the States to kick your ass. [National Post]
  • NHL teams, maybe as many as 14 of them, are circling BU goalie Matt O'Connor. [E$PN IN$IDER$]
  • For fun: each nation's leading scorer. All hail the Danish Gretzky. [Puck Daddy]
  • It's safe to let the kids out now that the Sabres are ditching their god-awful yellow third jerseys. [Sportslogos]