Rookie camp begins today. So if you see some Swedish-looking guys walking around East Meadow looking a little lost today, they might be Islanders of the future.
- Jordan Eberle was on Sirius XM NHL no doubt talking about the commute to Brooklyn and other Islanders stuff radio hosts care about.
- All of Wednesday’s John Tavares contract, golf and Steph Curry-related news has been added to the Encyclopedia. I’ve decided that was a good place to end Volume 1, with Volume 2 (presumably) picking up from the beginning of training camp.
- The Sound Tigers are hosting a boosters convention [CT Post] and have players filtering in, too, signalling the end of Michael Fornabaio’s summer. [Soundin’ Off]
- An Islanders staffer and UGA grad has a cookbook out. [Redandblack.com]
- Oh good. The Queens borough president is hoping the Islanders come to Willets Point to boost her next campaign. Can’t see that going awry. [Queens Chronicle]
- George Parros - of face-punching, Princeton and mustache fame - is your new NHL discipline overlord. You have no choice but to welcome him. [Sportsnet]
- Bad news for the Predators: fleet-footed bearded dwarf man Ryan Ellis will be out until January with an injury. [OTF]
- And in the funniest news of yesterday, the Senators have decided that Canadian Tire Centre was about 1,500 seats too big and so they eliminated them in hopes of not looking like the Islanders (or Hurricanes or Panthers or Coyotes) of Canada. [TSN | SBN]
- The Jets have signed GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and coach Paul Maurice to extensions which, uh, isn’t going over great at Arctic Ice Hockey.
- The NHL is changing how the offside challenges work. So you better be goddamn right about it if you call for one. [SBN]
- Erik Karlsson’s recovery is going smoothly. Look out, goalies. [SBN]
- You’re old: Todd Bertuzzi’s son is now playing in Guelph, just like his old man. [The Hockey News]
- It’s not everyday that the pope gives hockey his blessing. [SBN]
- Paul Kariya spends his time surfing and remembers his days at Maine with Garth Snow and Mike Dunham. [Bangor Daily News]
- Connor McDavid admits to never having seen Slap Shot. If you or someone you know also suffers from this condition, please see a DVD player immediately. [ESPN]