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Islanders News: Prospect updates; Mourning Mikita

Also, the Hurricanes threw Skinner away.

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Boston Bruins v New York Islanders
Think he makes it?
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Another slow August day in the world of hockey. Truly a dog day, in every sense of the phrase. Stay cool today, friends.

Islanders News

  • Arthur Staple took advantage of the slow period of the NHL’s calendar to give an update on some of the prospects in the Isles’ pipeline - primarily, Noah Dobson, Logan Cockerill, and some of the European prospects. [The Athletic]
  • Stan Fischler joins the PTIsles podcast this week, and says John Tavares leaving is “addition by subtraction.” I’m gonna let you folks field this one. [SoundCloud]
  • Anatoly Golyshev, the skilled Russian overager, clocks in at no. 21 on the Top 25U25. [LHH]
  • It’s a make-or-break year for Michael Dal Colle, coming in at no. 20 on the Top 25U25. [LHH]
  • Mike B continues his “Cheaper than Therapy” series with Part 4. [LHH]


  • Stan Mikita, the legendary Chicago Black Hawk, has died at the age of 78, overtaken by a ravenous Lewy body dementia. The team and fans and the hockey world alike mourn the loss of one of the best players of all time, both on and off the ice. [Blackhawks | Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Joe Murphy, the first overall pick in the 1986 NHL Draft, is currently living in a tent in a field in Ontario. He believes concussions have played a role in his downward spiral, and those close to him in the past recount odd behavior. Terribly sad story; there should be some way to prevent this. [HockeyBuzz]
  • What did the Hurricanes get for their star, Jeff Skinner? Not a lot. The Sabres made out like bandits. [Canes Country]
  • Three questions facing the Blackhawks this season. Basically, if Corey Crawford isn’t healthy, they’re utterly screwed. [NHL]
  • John Vanbiesbrouck, while coaching at Sault Ste. Marie, used the n-word repeatedly to describe his captain, Trevor Daley, to his teammates. He has never reached out to Daley to apologize, but was quick to point out that Daley never reached out to him either, as if this is somehow Daley’s fault or responsibility to mend. And now, Vanbiesbrouck is near the top of the food chain in the USA Hockey front offices, yet another example of hockey Not Getting It. [The Athletic]