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Islanders News: 'Multifaceted' marketing coming; Halak healthy; Linus the best

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Gathering in Clutterbuck Corner.
Gathering in Clutterbuck Corner.
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The New York Islanders await the big fast, bad good Washington Capitals, who won in Boston last night and survived a ridiculous holding call on Matt Niskanen that let Boston make it a one-goal game again. Until they meet Thursday night in Brooklyn...some links.

Islanders Reads
  • Lindy Ruff said some stupid things after his own play tried to take Cal Clutterbuck's head off, and the Isles took note. [Newsday] Safe to say his teammates dig him. [Isles]
  • Jaroslav Halak is now officially activated from IR. Upper body all better now. [LHH]
  • With the move, Christopher Gibson was returned to Bridgeport, but the former Orlando Solar Bear made a mark in his NHL debut. [ECHL]
  • What's your anxiety level? Dan and Mike L. get to concerns about slumps, the captain, and more in the latest podcast. [LHH]
  • Shannon Hogan of MSG will be bringing you thoughts and tales from the road at this blog. [MSG]
  • Brett Yormark interview: Pleased with the fans commuting from the traditional L.I. base, and ready to kick off a new "multifaceted, seven-figure" marketing campaign to recruit in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan. [Crain's New York | Obligatory Puck Daddy add-on quips]
  • His Team Sweden lost in the semifinals and bronze game (where he didn't play), but Linus Soderstrom was named goalie of the WJC. [LHH]
  • Matt Carkner received a one-game suspension. [Soundin' Off | AHL]
  • A few other moves down in Bridgeport. [Soundin' Off]
  • Cue your shock! The re-opening of Nassau Coliseum may be pushed back to 2017. [Newsday]
  • Denis Potvin talked Panthers and classic Islanders on the Sabres Hockey Hotline. [Sabres]

Beyond Islander-dome
  • Finland came back to beat favored Russia for WJC gold. [SB Nation]
  • The U.S. took bronze in a rout. [SB Nation]
  • Walsh and Drouin are gonna try, but good luck intimidating Yzerman with that trade request. [Friedman's 30 Thoughts] (Video of Drouin avoiding repeat questions is pretty classic.)
  • This looks excellent and gut-wrenching: The official trailer for Swift Current, the Sheldon Keefe story. [Vimeo]
  • The Rangers finally won again and feel better about themselves. [Post]
  • In contrast to their loss to the Isles, the Stars felt "embarrassed" by this loss to the Smurfs. Benn and Seguin were even benched. [Puck Daddy]
  • Penguins fans are digging this Mike Sullivan cat. [PensBurgh]
  • The Senators are going to end up selling loooow on Jared Cowen. [Silver Seven]
  • Johan Franzen continues to step up his Instagram hazing game. [WIIM]
  • Longtime linesman Mike Cvik is retiring after 29 years, perhaps because he has way too many vowels in his name for a proper Slav. [Calgary Sun]
  • A resolution to stop using the Flames "doused" pun. Isle drink to that! [M&G]
  • Searching for cool, exotic rinks around the world -- even those that aren't in a mall. [TSN Bar Down]
  • Ain't no nostalgic cooking like a 1991 Hartford Whalers cookbook. Ray Ferraro is among the classic mustaches from that team pictured. [RMNB]