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Islanders News: Here to train, we like it here, we can beat anyone

The Islanders have weighed in, taken pretty photos, and hit the ice today.

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Thankful for health.
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YOU GUYS IT’S REALLY HAPPENING. Training camp formally opens today. There’s ice and photos and John Tavares and everything. First preseason game is Sunday at the Coliseum (not a misprint).

Islanders Reads

  • The friendly Doug Weight has promised a tough training camp, and the players are ready for it (they say). [Isles]
  • That and a little more overall team preview stuff here. [TSN]
  • NEWSFLASH: John Tavares said he’s not worried about his next contract, and communications with the team continue to be great. [Newsday | NHL]
  • A numbers overview of the many contracts, PTOs and such in camp. [Soundin’ Off]
  • Kind of cool: The Islanders had a “Captains Getaway” golf outing with the captains from their history — like Westfall and Gillies and Potvin to Peca and Weight and Tavares, etc. (I’m a poor, disinterested once-a-year golfer but even I can tell some of these guys...are not naturals) [Isles video]
  • Here’s the Isles’ MSG telecast schedule. [MSG]
  • Matthew Gaudreau and John Stevens have known each other a while. [Courier Post]
  • Khan is floating through space but he still wants your predictions for 2017-18. [LHH Fanpost]
  • Former very tall Isles pick and Sound Tiger Loic Leduc signs in the ECHL. [Reading Royals]

Always, in Tavares We Trust:

A theorem proved time and time again, and one that escaped so many visiting media hotel-dwellers for years and years:


  • Kyle Okposo talks about his scary medical ordeal last season, happy to put it behind him. [NHL]
  • David Pastrnak signed! Six years, $6.67 million per. [Globe | SCOC]
  • ...and Pastrnak’s deal shows the Oilers overpaid on Leon Draisaitl. [Willis @ Athletic (sub.)]
  • Bryan Little also signed an extension, with the Jets. Also six years, but $5 million per. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Alex Ovechkin’s statement on missing out on the Olympics is thorough and heartfelt. [Capitals]
  • Ovechkin, better at statements than at tomato juggling. [SB Nation]
  • The SenatorsClarke MacArthur failed his preseason medical. [Silver Seven]
  • Randomness: Even over 82 games, it can affect the NHL standings. [TSN]
  • Lou Lamoriello and his stupid rules may not last with the Leafs beyond this season, maybe, but yeah he probably will. [Sportsnet]
  • Our friends at Fear The Fin digest adding ex-Isles prospect goalie Stephon Williams. Do they know about his goal-dumping prowess? [Fear the Fin]

So Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart arrive for training camp...