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Islanders News: Barzal blooming, burly Lofquist, JT Pepsi

Will you hold my wallet for me while I take the test, please? There's a thousand dollars in there... or maybe there isn't. Know what I mean?

"I'll pass."
"I'll pass."
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Happy Thursday to you, and doctor.

Islanders News

  • More reasons to like and anticipate this Mathew Barzal young fella. [LHH | THN]
  • Meet Jason Chimera, the new elder now skating on Long Island. [Isles]
  • "Won't you gentlemen have a Pepsi?" asked the Ace Tomato suits in Spies Like Us, and now John Tavares kind of does too. [Awkward World Cup ad on YouTube]
  • The Sound Tigers signed Lukas Lofquist on a two-way AHL deal. He played with Michael Dal Colle in the OHL after coming from Djurgårdens, where the forward was described as "burly." [BST | Soundin' Off]
  • Mike York, who you may not remember was an Islander, joins the Michigan State staff. [Spartans]
  • The ECHL affiliate Missouri Mavericks have signed defensemen Samuel Noreau and forward Shawn Pauly. [Mo Mavs]

Something Akin to Other Things

  • The Vegas expansion team has finally narrowed its list of names to 30 or 40, and Dan got ahold of the list. Holding out for Hawks Hawks, myself. [LHH Zeitgeist]
  • We know you're dealing with Hockey Withdrawal Syndrome but there are coping mechanisms available. [Copper n Blue]
  • Like Martin Brodeur before him, legendary Blue and one-time Devil Scott Gomez has called it a career. [Alaska Dispatch News]
  • Since the Islanders signed their old captain, the Jets have made Blake Wheeler Andrew Ladd's successor. [AIH]
  • How does one make an orange jersey more gaudy? Adding lots of gold for your golden anniversary. [BSH]
  • The NCAA's still-young NCHC has rejected bids to be joined by Minnesota-Mankato and Arizona State's fledgling program, and perhaps you need a hot take on why. [Duluth News Tribune]