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Islanders News: Bellows, Bridgeport and yearning for Toews

The Islanders were off, so we cast our eyes to AHL Bridgeport.

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New Jersey Devils v New York Islanders
Perhaps could help.
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There is a corner of the IslesTwitter-web with a theory, one that may become more pronounced over time, that the Great Proven Cup Winner Lou Lamoriello knows this is a lost year, so he added players on short-term deals who improve “the culture” while still enabling losses on the way to boost lottery odds for top 2019 draft prospect Jack Hughes.

It’s a neat theory. But then Leo Komarov is signed for four years.

Islanders Reading

  • Because, you know, the Islanders could probably use Devon Toews about now. [Newsday]
  • “I’ve never seen a shift like that.” —Ryan Hitchcock on three minutes of zone time for the Sound Tigers, all of it occupied by Tanner Fritz. [CT Post]
  • Kieffer Bellows is already fitting in as a pro. (Check back later today for an interview.) [Sound Tigers]
  • Vaguely guarded Bridgeport injury notes. [Soundin’ Off]
  • The Islanders launched an anti-bullying initiative. [Isles]
  • Recalling Isles alumnus Adrian Aucoin. [Isles]


Last night’s NHL scores include Jaroslav Halak logging another shutout for the Bruins during his bid to unseat the under-fire Tukka Rask.

At least the Rangers are really bad too...

The Blues improved on paper this summer but...something is off.

  • In a lengthy judgment, Gary Bettman rejects d-bag Tom Wilson’s appeal and upholds his 20-game suspension, which puts him in the company of fellow Caps fan hero D*le H*nter. [NHL]
  • 31 Thoughts has random topics including the slumping Sergei Bobrovsky, who some people expect will land on Long Island. [Sportsnet]
  • Former NHLer Zach Boychuk is a Twitter farmer, basically. [Athletic]