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Islanders News: Ho-Sang revival, JT forgotten, puppy love

The new regime makes it clear nothing before September 2018 matters.

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Three Fritz pics in a row? You bet we can.
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Tonight is the rookie exhibition game against the Flyers at Northwell Health Ice, with the Islanders campers taking on the Philly youth.

After that, the big boys arrive in camp and things start to get interesting tomorrow. It’s hockey season, gang. Forget your old stars, revive your hopes for unproven ones, and get yourself some Trotz-barry pie.

Islanders Reading

  • Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz each say, basically, John Tavares doesn’t matter. He’s in the past, and the team never achieved success with him anyway. [Post]
  • Trotz described the type of player he wants, and it sounds right: Guys who can play to their strengths and apply that toward team goals. [Newsday]
  • Speaking of which: Not only does Josh Ho-Sang get a fresh start (like everyone else) from the new regime, but he’s done some serious reflection on what he could have differently last season, particularly while playing through a hand injury in Bridgeport. [Athletic]
  • Yesterday in our 20 Questions series, Noel covered the many fourth-line candidates. [LHH]
  • One of them, Tanner Fritz, deserves a longer look, according to Travis and Spizzwolf. [LHH]
  • Yannick Rathgeb discussed his decision to come over from Switzerland. [Isles video]
  • The Isles got to meet their awesome guide puppy, Radar. [Isles]

Elsewhere: Y Gone

  • Steve Yzerman is stepping down as general manager of the Lightning to be a senior advisor. He says it’s to be closer to his family back in Michigan. [NHL | Raw Charge]
  • More amusing coverage of that new Senators plan: Also, they don’t plan to move! [NHL]
  • The owners and players don’t want to fight, but it’s probably in the players hands because the owners know they’re in a good spot with the current CBA. [Athletic]
  • Jim Rutherford expects the Penguins will be contenders again. [NHL]