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Islanders News: Tavares on bad Toronto ice, life after Martin; Ves-anity

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Did you not meet with Jimmy Vesey yesterday? You're the only one.

"My god, the heat in this old dump of an arena..."
"My god, the heat in this old dump of an arena..."
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Hey hey, what do you say, have you signed Jimmy Vesey today?

Islanders Reads

  • John Tavares just keeps saying cool things. The latest interview covered a range of topics, from the commute (it's fine), Matt Martin's impact, and bad ice...in Toronto. [LHH | Sportsnet]
  • The Isles are finding inspiration in the new owner's niece's absolute domination at the Olympics. [NHL]
  • JD Power's "Fan Experience Study" had some interesting findings with New York sports teams. [LHH]
  • Want to be an Ice Crew team member? Apply here. [recruitment site]
  • Matt Martin can count on five current Islanders for his charity poker tournament. [Twitter] Get tickets to the charity event here.
  • In case you missed it, a cool catch-up with Travis Hamonic. [Isles]
  • Darius Kasparaitis' life. (Do you need any other reason to click?) [THW]
  • Former Isles goalie coach "Sudsie" Maharaj is the new goaltending coach in Anaheim, replacing former Isle Dwayne Roloson. [Ducks]

Oh, and practically everyone is "in" on NCAA free agent Jimmy Vesey.

Beyond Brooklyn

  • The Hockey PDOcast is back! Great episode on broadcasts, analytics' evolution (and pushback) in front offices, Vegas' expansion approach. [Hockeypdocast]
  • Carey Price is "100 percent ready" for the World Cup, which must make Habs fans both excited and nervous. [Sportsnet]
  • Remembering the time when the Red Wings went to jail. To play pirates. [NHL Numbers]
  • Check Out The New Suiting Collection By Designer P.K. Subban [On the Forecheck]
  • Daniel Alfredsson's number shall be retired in Ottawa. [Silver Seven]
  • Science says you shouldn't believe anything Gary Bettman says about science. [PPP]