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Islanders News: Ledecky Pitch, Knowing Your Burke

I'm all alone, I smoke my friends down to the filter...

Baltimore Orioles v Washington Nationals
“Oh, did you win a trophy once too? That’s adorable! Now hold these for a sec...”
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It's Thursday, Thursday...which gold medal to wear today?

Isles-Related Substances

  • In case you missed it, Dan rounded up highlights from the latest Twitter Q&A with fans by Newsday Isles beatwriter Arthur Staple. [LHH]
  • Brendan Burke, your new play-by-play voice on MSG, talks about his audition (including with Butch Goring, and a meeting with John Ledecky), and getting a congratulatory call from Jiggs McDonald. [CBS NY]
  • Dawn Braid: The skating coach who’s made a huge difference in John Tavares’ pro career has become the first female to be hired as a full-time coach by an NHL team. [NHL | Puck Daddy]
  • Even when he doesn't talk to reporters, Josh Ho-Sang is making an impression at this year's BioSteel Camp. [Toronto Sun]
  • The Islanders were inspired by Katie Ledecky's Olympic performance... [NHL]
  • ... and now the Islanders co-owner's niece is back on U.S. shores to inspire baseball players:

Ryan Strome also cheers the Braid hiring (and then gets typical fan response on Twitter):

Beyond Brooklyn

  • The Dallas Stars won the Jiri Hudler pool. One year, $2 million. [Defending Big D]
  • These contracts signed this summer were the best, you hear me? The best. [E$PN Insider]
  • Duncan Keith has pulled out of the World Cup to continue knee rehab... [SCH]
  • ...Jay Bouwmeester has been named to replace Keith. [Puck Daddy]
  • Roberto Luongo is optimistic about his recovery after hip surgery. [NHL]
  • So many coaching candidates for the Avalanche. You too should apply. [Denver Post]
  • Legendary Sharks writer Mike Chen pens their version in Puck Daddy's "Weird" summer series, including Sharkie's near-death experience. [Puck Daddy]
  • Alex Pietrangelo will replace David Backes as Blues captain. [STL Game Time]
  • Meanwhile, probably time for Blues fans to let prodigal son Vladimir Sobotka go, with his latest promise turning up KHL. [SLGT]
  • In addition to Braid, the Coyotes added Mike Van Ryn and a Potvin to their coaching staff. [Coyotes]
  • UniWatch talks to some diehard Whalers fans. [ESPN]