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Islanders News: Hey, we found a dead mouse in our beer, eh. That means you owe us a free case.

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I am your father, Luke. Give in to the dark side of the force, you knob.

Just screwing with ya, guys.
Just screwing with ya, guys.
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Islanders-y things

Al Arbour

  • Two video tributes from the NHL and Islanders paint a wonderful combined picture of the coach. Take eight minutes and watch them. [LHH]
  • And now for something a little different: Arbour's long and well-traveled career as seen through hockey cards. [Puck Junk]
  • Bill Torrey makes a great appearance on the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast to talk about Arbour as well as a few other Islanders topics, such as the trade for Dave Keon that never happened. Jeff Marek also blows the lid off of the Islanders' historically heightening hit totals.

Other stuff

  • NHLers' offseason training is a complex and crushing process. [National Post]
  • The talks between the Kings and free agent-to-be Anze Kopitar are...not going well. [Kings Insider]
  • A pair on the on-going Patrick Kane rape allegations from Second City Hockey: "At least 5 Teams" have expressed interest in Kane, per a report. | An open and honest piece on the conflicted feelings about continuing to root for the Blackhawks.
  • There will be four new zebras for you to hate this season. [Scouting the Refs]
  • Former Leafs CEO Richard Peddie plays "get off my lawn" with loud party-thrower Tyler Seguin. [Puck Daddy]
  • Jack Eichel's first roommate with the Sabres will be Matt Moulson. Let's hope Moulson took landlord lessons from John Tavares' time with Doug Weight. [PHT]
  • Oh. Whoops. Sorry. I should have mentioned, the John Tavares who's retiring is the legendary lacrosse one, not his hockey-playing nephew. [SI.com] If the headline freaked you out, blame North Dakota Red Eagle.

Don't look now but the ice is down at Barclays Center. Here's the time lapse photography to prove it.