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Islanders News: Same Tavares time, same Tavares channel; Kopitar captains Euros

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Needed a white jersey pic to mix it up.
Needed a white jersey pic to mix it up.
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John Tavares readings only today

  • Once again, Tavares tells Toronto he actually likes being an Islander. Because this has become a regular occurrence, we've created a place where we can collect these messages for posterity. [LHH]
  • Tavares also said he and the rest of Team Canada's All Stars are excited to see what lines Mike Babcock has them on for the World Cup of Hockey. [The Record]
  • Playing for Team Canada means both great and bittersweet memories for Tavares. [Globe n' Mail]
  • "Tavares Curious" sounds like the title of a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Here, he's talking about Team North America. [NHL.com]
  • A couple of days late but NHL.com ranks Tavares as the league's 11th best player, sandwiched between Sharks Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski. Not bad.
  • Okay, one Non-Tavares link: The IslesBlog podcast talks to Newsday's Jim Baumbach about his article on the out clauses with Barclays Center.

Meanwhile

  • The Panthers have inked "crafty" Jonathan Huberdeau to a nice six-year extension. [LBC]
  • More World Cup: Friend of the site Zeb talks to Sweden's Niklas Backstrom about playing his first World Cup game against a bunch of Capitals teammates [Japers] | Kyle from Winging It In Motown makes the case for rooting for Team North America's young guns. | Anze Kopitar will captain Team Europe with Zdeno Chara and Mark Streit as alternates. [NHL.com]
  • Travis Yost takes a stab at predicting the 2016-17 NHL standings. [TSN.ca]
  • A deep look into the first people charged with building an NHL expansion team in Las Vegas. [Sportsnet]
  • Bill Daly says another lockout isn't on the horizon. Well now I feel better... [TSS]
  • The Sabres suck but some Buffalo media guys suck even more. [PPP]