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Alright, men. Look alive.
Alright, men. Look alive.
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The Islanders roster is finalized. The NHL season starts tonight with four games, beginning with Maple Leafs-Senators at 7. This is what we’ve been waiting for. Buckle up.

Islanders news

  • The 23-man roster has been set and includes Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier, just as we all predicted. Ryan Pulock is going to have a wait a bit. [LHH | NHL.com]
  • The Islanders experimented with a new top line in practice because why not. [Newsday | AP]
  • Actually, the reason is because the guy who was supposed to play there is now a New Jersey Devil. [LHH]
  • The Point Blank podcast says goodbye to P.A. Parenteau and hello again to a long lost Islanders voice.
  • Brett Crygalis says the Islanders need a big year. A controversial stance. [NY Post]
  • Look around Barclays Center and you'll see improvements following feedback from last season. [CBS NY]
  • Carter Verhaeghe is confident and ready to make his mark on the Sound Tigers. [CT Post]
  • Official release on Pulock and Adam Pelech being assigned to Bridgeport. [BST | Soundin' Off]
  • The AHL season starts on Friday and Michael Fornabaio gets you caught up on all of the league's new rules. [Soundin' Off]
  • Eamon McAdam impressed at a recent Missouri Mavericks scrimmage. [Examiner]
  • The NEW & IMPROVED Nassau Coliseum will open its doors in April with a concert from Billy Joel, who has his own section in Newsday, which I think is kind of hilarious.

Other stuff

  • Call off the dogs in Tampa, the Lightning have resigned Nikita Kucherov to a ridiculously good bridge deal. [Raw Charge]
  • Kris Versteeg trolled all of Alberta, coming to Oilers camp on a PTO, then deciding to sign with the Flames. [Calgary Herald | TSS has Dreger's explanation]
  • There's a new Tkachuk in town and the old one now gets to watch. [Calgary Herald]
  • Ron Hextall sticks up for his on-ice attack dog, Radko Gudas. [BSH]
  • Vice's list of most exciting young players in the NHL doesn't include Barzal or Beauvillier... yet.
  • The NHL has new rules for spotting and diagnosing concussions on ice level that could keep players in the locker room if a ref determines they can't continue. [Puck Daddy]
  • NCAA games are losing attendance. [Lets Go DU]
  • Frank Seravalli makes 31 predictions and sees the Islanders taking a step backwards (but still in the playoffs). [TSN.ca]
  • Say hello to Bob McKenzie's Bobcast, a new hockey podcast coming to your earholes every other Friday. [TSN.ca]
  • And say goodbye to the legendary Ruslan Fedotenko, who announced his retirement yesterday. Farewell, Tank. [NHLPA]

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