- Proud Canadian Travis Hamonic is a massive fan of The Tragically Hip, and talks about their place in his life and in pop culture north of the border as the band travels on its (possible) final tour. [Sportsnet]
- A Q&A with Carp Lad Calvin de Haan about his youth, his friends and his favorite places to play. [Gong Show Gear]
- This intense chart from NHL Numbers shows where every team's shots are coming from. I'm not 100% clear on what it says, but the Islanders are last so I guess I have to be mad.
- A star-studded benefit will be held on Long Island to educate kids and honor the late Trudy Deschamps, who played a huge role in the history of the Islanders. [Newsday]
- The full preseason schedule is out, including all the weird-ass places games will be played. The exhibition action starts on Sept. 25 with a Blues-Blue Jackets split squad game. [NHL.com]
- It's been a crazy offseason and some teams have a lot to prove. [SBN]
- The Lightning will give ol' friend James Wisniewski a tryout, according to a report. Reminder: he played only a few seconds last season after going down with an injury in Carolina's opening game. [Puck Daddy]
- Rogers/Sportsnet has apparently let go of excellent analyst Mike Johnson for reasons that are so far unknown. Dear MSG: Hire this man (for the Islanders). [Edm. Jour.]
- NHL ice guru Dan Craig is also working on the ice at the Oilers' new arena. Hey, don't forget about Barclays Center, Dan. [CBC]
Doug Weight relives his memories about the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team that will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this year.