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Islanders News: Opening roster - There’s a podcast for that

The Islanders set their roster and prepare for Game 1.

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New York Islanders v New York Rangers
Many rumbles ahead with the #PlayLikeASmurfs
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At last, the NHL season begins tonight with a battle of the two most recent Stanley Cup champions, who also play each other a ton in the preseason for some reason. There are other regional rivalry games to kick off the season, too.

Islanders News

  • Everybody cleared waivers so this is your opening night roster. [LHH | Newsday | Isles]
  • Be it Mike, Charles, Garth or Lou, the Islanders continue to do things their way. [NBC]
  • Brooks buries the lead by talking about how cool he is before mentioning Mike Bossy was approached by Bruce McNall about playing with Wayne Gretzky and the Kings. [Post]

Listen to Us and Listen to Us Now

So many podcasts in Islanders Nation, which is probably a good sign heading into Belmont. Let’s start with our season-opening episodes:

Also, main beat writers Andrew Gross (Newsday) and Arthur Staple (Athletic) announced podcasts.


  • Here’s the entire league’s opening rosters. [NHL]
  • Understanding Jarmo Kekalainen, pioneering Finnish NHL GM, pub vigiliante and bold fellow. [Athletic]
  • The Blues got their Stanley Cup ring design right — tacky per the accessory’s tradition, but full of references to the fans — and in that spirit they gave a ring to their most inspirational fan. [NHL]
  • Evander Kane was suspended three games for his altercation with a linesman. [NHL]
  • The Flames have cap challenges. [Flames Nation]
  • Here are 10 on the hot seat this season. [TSN]
  • Micheal Haley looks to return to the Rangers. #PlayLikeASmurf [Post]
  • ...and here are 10 storylines around the league. [NHL]
  • And here are NHL writers’ predictions. [NHL]
  • Random punnery fun: