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Islanders News: Hamonic closer, practice moves, Barzal biz, Tigers slump slayed

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I mean, we got guys.

This guy.
This guy.
Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

One more day without an Islanders game: Today is Thursday, and tomorrow is Friday. As long as we've got that straight.

Isles Reads
  • Travis Hamonic is close to returning to the lineup, with Arthur Staple advising to bet on Friday. [Newsday]
  • ...which is a good thing, because Adam Pelech appears done for the season, according to a Staple source. [LHH]
  • The Sound Tigers ended their six-game losing streak with an OT win over St. John's and the John Scotts. [CT Post | Soundin' Off]
  • The Isles had their first official practice at their new practice home for next season, the Northwell Health Ice Center (formerly Twin Rinks) in Eisenhower Park, which Garth Snow and several coaches said will be the best practice facility in the NHL. [Newsday video | Isles]
  • Lots of insight here on Marc Champagne's role as goalie consultant with the Isles, and his history with Jaroslav Halak. [The Suburban]
  • The 8th annual Lighthouse Tournament was a success, with the Nikko Ice Bucks from Japan retaining their title as the youths checked out the Isles' new facility. [Isles]
  • Mathew Barzal is very good, and here are many instances of visual proof. [LHH]
  • Mathew Barzal speaks, we have proof of that too (Barzal section starts around 38:30). [Junior Podcast on Fan590]
  • You know who else can speak? The Islanders players, who have very important winter weather safety tips for you. Brock Nelson and Anders Lee aren't messing around. [LHH | CBS NY]
Beyond Eisenhower Park
  • The Jonathan Drouin situation went "nuclear," with him refusing to play in further AHL games and the Lightning suspending him. [TSN | SB Nation]
  • The New York Times was in Bridgeport last night, though for the John Scott thing, not the Sound Tigers, alas. [Times]
  • Look, they told Pierre to go interview the bald guy behind the bench. How was he to know? [WIIM]
  • An analytical look at Jeff Skinner, the principal's son. [Canes Country]
  • After a hot first couple of months in Edmonton, Anders Nilsson has gone stone cold. [Edmonton Journal]
  • So with Cam Talbot signed, what happens next in the Oilers crease? [C&B]
  • That scary Brian McGratton fight injury could have ended very differently. [TSN]
  • Peter Klima recalls his playing career, being benched during triple OT (before scoring the winner), and talks about his twin sons producing in Moncton. [Edmonton Journal]
  • Brian Burke wants every NHL rink to add five feet. [TSN]
  • The Habs need to make the best of their Jekyll and Hyde season. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Anton Khudobin thought he'd be a backup, now he's a third-stringer, and that's awkward. [NBC]
  • Michel Therrien write to de Eyes on De Prize, where dey alwayd want him fire. [HEOTP]
  • In which Alex Burrows finds a place where he is loved. [Puck Daddy]