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Islanders News: Return to the Coliseum; OT win over Flyers; Demers in Arizona

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Also, Dean Lombardi crawls out of the dank hole he calls home.

Something incredibly fun about the team being back at the Coliseum.
Something incredibly fun about the team being back at the Coliseum.
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Y'all, there was viewable Islanders hockey yesterday. I was traveling and missed the first two periods, but picked it up in the third and caught the John Tavares game-winner in OT. It was only a meaningless preseason game, but my hunger for hockey has picked right back up.

Islanders News

  • As I said, the Islanders played a fun preseason game yesterday. I left a couple details out. For one, they played the Flyers, who were up 2-0 at one point. Another detail, the game was at NYCB Live (formerly the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum). There were quite a few reactions to yesterday's game, as you might imagine. [NHL recap | Islanders recap | Islanders on Rocking the Barn Again | Newsday on the playoff atmosphere and updates about the current arena situation]
  • This game was a part of the NHL's Centennial Fan Arena, and there was a lot to see. Fans emphatically want them to return. [Islanders on sights and sounds | Newsday on desired return | NY Post on bitter nostalgia | NHL on Centennial Fan Arena | AP on fans' delight]
  • It wasn't just the fans that enjoyed the spectacle; the players shared their memories of the Coliseum, as well. [NHL Video | Islanders]
  • Oh, did you happen to catch the arena update part? Are you curious? Well, Jon Ledecky spoke to the media regarding the team's future. Open for a surprise! [LHH]
  • Non-Coliseum Bit! Jaroslav Halak's new mask features homages to both his native land and adopted home. [NHL]
  • Tavares and friends are disappointed about not playing in the Olympics. Me too, buddy. [Newsday]
  • Fans are suing Barclays Center about dangerous cheap seats. [NY Post]

Around the League

  • The Florida Panthers, in Dale Tallon's ornery quest to remake his team into their mediocre, non-analytic selves, have traded Jason Demers to the Coyotes for only Jamie McGinn. Hysterically bad, made even more laughable by the fact that Tallon initially had a deal nixed by Demers that would have sent him to the Canucks for Erik Gudbranson, analytic cast-off. [Five for Howling]
  • Unfortunately, Dean Lombardi has resurfaced, joining former Kings AGM Ron Hextall in the Flyers front office.[BSH| Philly.com]
  • Apparently, hockey in China is ready to explode. Always cool to see the game expand, with, hopefully, the assistance of the NHL. [Sportsnet | The Province]