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Hey, hands off, Drew.
Hey, hands off, Drew.
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The World Cup of Hockey is finally here, and kicks off with two games today and tonight. We'll have a game thread later, so mow the lawn, hit the mall and be back by 3 pm, when Team Europe and Team USA open the festivities.

But for now:

Islanders news

  • The official site previews the tournament for the four Islanders participating.
  • Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss are part of Team Europe, a roster that reminds me of a Sci Fi classic.
  • Arthur Staple talks with the Chin Music podcast about the World Cup and the Islanders in general.
  • Meanwhile on Long Island, Islanders rookie camp is underway and there are already questions that could seriously impact the season, including an update on the status of Mikhail Grabovski. [LHH | Isles Notes]
  • IslesTalk asks when Ryan Strome will sign and extension. Soon, we hope.
  • Staple also dropped this note:
    Loiselle's time with the Leafs wasn't very successful, but at least we'll get to use this PPP approved picture for a while. It kinda sums up his entire body of work in Toronto.
    Loiselle face
  • Wanna win tickets to every Islanders home game this season? Enter MSG Network's sweepstakes here.

Other stuff

  • The Red Wings made some moves, adding former NHLer Shawn Horcoff to their front office staff [WIIM] and signing should-be-former NHLer Dan Cleary to a PTO [WIIM]
  • Friend of the blog Zeb from Eyes on the Prize talks to former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu on the PuckDrop podcast. [EOTP]
  • Where do college hockey players come from? Turns out the answer is, "a lot more places than just Massachusetts, Minnesota and New York." [SBN College Hockey]
  • Ryan Callahan opens a new foundation to make kids' dreams come true. [Raw Charge]
  • But back in New York, Mats Zuccarello is bummed that his close Rangers teammates keep getting traded. Sad face. [Brooksie, of course]