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New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 11, 2016
- John Tavares began last night's World Cup practice game by decking Ryan Kesler (who'd hit Shea Weber from behind the previous night), then scored two goals for Canada in their win over Team USA [AP].
- He is also a Time Lord, visiting other dimensions between Friday and Saturday's games:
"It's been a few months since last night" - John Tavares, presumably a time traveller.— Rhys Jessop (@Thats_Offside) September 10, 2016
- Tavares has some talented teammates like Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby and they like showing off the mad skillz. [BarDown]
- Pierre LeBrun gets the sense that Tavares really does want to stay an Islander, despite the move to Brooklyn being, "a disaster." [TSS]
- Our boy Garik was a guest Japers Rink Radio previewing the upcoming season via the numbers.
- Audio: P.A. Parenteau talks to SiriusXM NHL about his return to the Islanders and how to pronounce his last name (which I have been doing incorrectly this whole time). [Islanders]
- Good advice from Brian at Point Blank about letting Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin take their shot at getting the Islanders their very own new arena, no matter how painful it might be to watch. Again.
- Mathew Barzal is ready for the NHL, according to this Yahoo interview. We'll see soon enough.
- More on Pat LaFontaine's upcoming visit with the Pope [NHL.com]. He almost bailed on the meeting because his foundation's golf outing was the same weekend. [Newsday]
- Linus Soderstrom is in NHL 17 and as expected, the young man is happy about it. [Twitter]
- Things are getting messy between the Flames and RFA Johnny Gaudreau. Reports say he wants about $8 million a year while Calgary is offering about $6.5 a year. Meanwhile, he's playing for Team North America at the World Cup. [Calgary Sun | M&G]
- The Stars are still trying to forge a premier place on the Dallas' sports scene. [DMN]
- What's the deal with Darren Helm's No-Trade Clause? [WIIM]
- A new season means new concussion protocols and more powerful spotters. [Sportsnet]
- Ol' Professor Evgeni Nabokov is back in a Sharks uniform... for this weird commercial. [The Hockey News]
- The Hockey News ran an NHL 17 simulation and their Stanley Cup champs are... the Flyers? Islanders get swept in the second round.