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Islanders News: Beginner's Luck; Ho-Sang's memories; Sorry, Ovi; Seattle and Quebec

Also, Friedman repeats the common refrain for Tavares.

"See that kid? He's pathologically afraid of stairs, now."
"See that kid? He's pathologically afraid of stairs, now."
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I am sleepy. I bet I'm not the only one. But perk up, folks: real ice hockey occurred last night, and it actually had an exciting finish.

Islanders News

  • Yes that's right, the Islanders rookies managed to overcome those of the Flyers with a 4-3 OT win - after having been down 3-1 with five minutes to go. Our Sebastian Aho tied it up, and Mitchell Vande Sompel finished the deed. [Sound Tigers]
  • Josh Ho-Sang returned to Nassau Coliseum, the site of the punishment that ended his training camp a couple years ago.
  • There are many questions facing the Isles as they enter training camp; here are five of them. [Newsday]
  • Elliotte Friedman reiterates what he's said for the past couple months: John Tavares's preference is to stay with the Isles, and the only thing really holding him back (speculatively) is the arena.
  • CarterHud previews the Islanders for the upcoming season, and arguably puts together a better lineup with the current group of players than the actual coaches do. Does he think they make the playoffs?!?! Find out after these messages.
  • Back to rookie camp: Devon Toews and Michael Dal Colle join the Schwartz on Sports podcast.
  • Nick Leddy is No. 10 on Japers' Rink's rankings of the top 10 defenseman in the Metropolitan Division. I remember being far more outraged over this list in the past, and I was not this time, so progress. Or I don't care. Either way.
  • Former Isles goalie prospect Stephon Williams's favorite band is Heart, and now he gets to sing "Barracuda" and have a meaning for it - the San Jose Barracuda have welcomed him aboard. "Ooooh, barracuda." (Not sure if he actually likes Heart.)
  • The Islanders Children's Foundation was the big winner of the Isles golf outing, raising over $195 thousand dollars. [Islanders]

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