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Islanders News: ‘What, would you do here?’

Some owner philosophy intrigue, some Vande Sompel

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders
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Good Saturday to you. Today is Return of Frans Eve. There will be prayer vigils held all day in the Great Danish Annex. Tomorrow I will be cloistered.

Islanders Reads

  • The biggest and most intriguing news is a report from Arthur Staple on how the new owners have surfed the league for a top executive/team president-type person. [Newsday | LHH | Puck Daddy]
  • Hooray! Put up a few wins and you avoid the basement in our power rankings. [LHH]
  • The players hope this week's wins are the start of a good run. []
  • Also: find some goals and confidence. [Newsday]
  • Frans Nielsen returns Sunday. (Too soon.) He's trying to fit in with the Red Wings. (I said TOO SOON.) He re-iterates the circumstances of his departure, and fondness for those he left. [Newsday]
  • This, I mean this...WWE wrestler Chris Jericho recalls the impact of Mike Bossy. [LHH]
  • Couple of days late, but Boomer and Carton talk about calling Wednesday's Islanders-Penguins game. []
  • Here's Mitchell Vande Sompel scoring his first OHL hat trick [Durham Region]. He also scored the game-winning goal in Oshawa's 2-1 win over Hamilton last night. [Gens]
  • Neither Joshua Ho-Sang nor Scott Mayfield played for Bridgeport but Ryan Pulock did. [Soundin' Off]
  • Brent Thompson liked the battle level and Pulock felt good in the win, which brought Eamon MacAdam to 6-0. [Soundin' Off | CT Post]

Those Other Places

  • In a totally typical NHL move, the league offered to let players go to the next Olympics if the NHLPA agreed to eliminate their 2019 opt-out clause and extend the current CBA. No dice. [Sportsnet]
  • Raised expectations in Edmonton have created an unfamiliar feeling: True disappointment after losses. [Copper & Blue]
  • On defensemen and defending and their role in how we view today's NHL. [Hockey-Graphs]
  • The Flyers celebrates its alumni for their 50th anniversary, and players are digging it. [SI]
  • The case for Craig Anderson as All-Star captain. [Silver Seven]