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Islanders News: It's not even my car, it's a rental.

These pretzels are making me thirsty!

If you want a closer look, Jiri, you gotta get traded.
If you want a closer look, Jiri, you gotta get traded.
Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Nope. No game today for the Islanders, who get to hang out in The City of Lottery Pick Champions. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about.

Tonight at 8 pm on NBC is also the outdoor game between Detroit and Colorado from Coors Field. Hope the pitching holds up.

Islanders links

  • The secret to Jaroslav Halak's resurgence? It might be his mask. [Newsday]
  • Edmonton is Boychuk Country, and Johnny's family has some great stories. [Islanders]
  • The Islanders have been lights out in third periods so far this season. But don't take my word for it, take Eric Hornick's.
  • Possibly the most important thing to remember about Garth Snow and the Islanders this trade deadline is right here.
  • The team and the LIRR are working to make train trips to Barclays Center more fun and interactive (and, possibly, more plentiful). [CBS NY]
  • Bridgeport and its mostly makeshift defense got blown out by Providence 6-1. [CT Post | Sounding Off]
  • Eamon McAdam has been nominated for the Mike Richter Award, honoring the NCAA's best goalie. Relax your irony alarm. [Onward State]
  • Revisiting the Ryan Smyth trade of 2007. Now we know what Leboff will be reading all day today. [Hockey Writers]
  • Anyone reading this from the San Diego area and wants to meet-up next week to watch the Islanders-Rangers game can check in here.

Other Teams Problems

  • The Blackhawks continue to hoard UFAs, grabbing Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann from the Habs for a forward and a pick. [SCH]
  • Chicago also picked up Christian Ehrhoff by sending Rob Scuderi to the Kings. Jewels from the Crown copes with the deal and implores Dean Lombardi to stop acquiring old people.
  • Uncle Bob reports that the Blues have acquired Anders Nilsson from the Oilers because clearly Dom has somehow angered the Hockey Gods.
  • New Jet (and former Blackhawk and Blue Jacket) Marko Dano could be a real find for Winnipeg. [AIH]
  • Olli Maata has signed a nice contract extension with the Penguins. [Post-Gaz]
  • Last night's Red Wings-Avalanche Stadium Series Alumni Game brought back a lot of old memories, but none of the bloodlust. They're too old for that shit now. [Puck Daddy on enemies shaking hands | Chris Chelios gives Avs fans a taste of their own booing]
  • The Islanders' next opponents are living a sad existence, man. Geez, this is depressing. [Edm. Sun]
  • Rangers legend Andy Bathgate, a Hall of Famer often stuck on bad teams throughout the 50's, passed away yesterday at 83. One of the true legends of New York hockey, he won a Cup with the Leafs in 1964. Rest in Peace. [NY Daily News]