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Islanders News: You know what I’ve come to realize? I’m not just bored. I genuinely dislike her.

You know, George, they’re doing wonderful things at mental institutions these days. I’d be happy to set up a meet-and-greet.

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NHL: APR 14 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round - Islanders at Penguins
The one good thing about summer, in relation to hockey, is linking back to photos from the Penguins sweep.
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Folks, my apologies for the lack of Bits the last two days. These are the dog days of summer, and hockey is on the back burner even for those involved with the game.

Islanders News

  • Arthur Staple has noticed that Lou Lamoriello & Son have signed a lot of former captains to the Sound Tigers and throughout the organization. The importance of leadership. [The Athletic]
  • The Islanders have kindly compiled all the entries from their Alumni Corner series into one helpful homepage to access all of them. And here it is! [Islanders]
  • PHOTOS: You want to see some Islanders hair throughout the years? Sure you do, what else would you want to see?! [Islanders]
  • Perhaps an even better trip down memory lane would be to read this old story about the Islanders, Rangers, and Flyers of yore playing slow-pitch softball at Shea Stadium back in the 1980s. [Islanders]

The Matt Martin Foundation was bowling in Melville last night. Were you there?

The RFA Corner

In this section, we’ll briefly run through some of the guys who have avoided arbitration by signing before their hearing.

Beyond the Isles and RFAs

  • The Flames and the city of Calgary have reached an agreement on a new arena worth $550 million. The team and the taxpayers will each foot about half of the bill. [Yahoo]
  • The Maple Leafs will bring in Michal Neuvirth on a PTO in September. He’d probably have a job right if not for his body breaking down, unfortunately. [Yahoo]
  • Scott Wheeler, he of many hot takes, ranks his 50 best prospects already drafted by NHL teams for this year, updating from the draft and to deal with graduations and one aging-out, Ilya Sorokin. [The Athletic]
  • Mark Lazerus, the longtime Blackhawks beat writer from Long Island, worked out with the guy in Chicago who trains Patrick Kane, as well as other NHLers from the area and not from the area. He was dead before the workout even began. [The Athletic]
  • Down Goes Brown gives you a template of what your team is going to look like on Opening Night. Not just this season, but next season, and next season, and next season, and every season after that. [The Athletic]