They arrive after the first cuts of camp were made, slicing 18 from the initial camp party.
- Here are the cuts — 12 to Bridgeport, six to their junior teams. [LHH | Isles | Newsday | Connecticut Post]
- Speaking of that last link, big news for Sound Tigers coverage: With the chain that owns the CT Post making changes — including an “Insider” service — the future is unknown. Michael Fornabaio is an absolute gem, so hopefully we see his coverage of Bridgeport as much as (or more than) bosses and monetizing forces allow. (Editorial aside: If you’re not paying for any of your local or national news coverage, you’re...living in a long, drawn-out but unsustainable utopia.) [Soundin’ Off]
- Noel and Dan P. kick off our podcast season with the first Isles Buzz of 2019-20. Look for more Islanders Anxiety, as well as a few other podcast themes, to come as we expand our lineup. [LHH]
- Sounds like a threat: “You’re going to see guys killing penalties you’ve never seen before.” [Newsday]
- Pat LaFontaine has been named to the National Fitness Foundation’s board. [NHL]
- The Post’s Islanders coverage is top-notch as usual. Must not be any topics to weigh in with pompous ignorance yet. Give it time.
Another day, another shutout for Ilya Sorokin.
If you like the fantasy...
- The big league news from Thursday was Thomas Chabot’s eight-year, $64 million extension with no signing bonuses in Ottawa. Big signing for them, big commitment to a shaky team for him. [NHL | Silver Seven]
- Dustin Byfuglien is out of Jets camp because he’s pondering his future after injuries hampered last season. [Sportsnet] It’s not about the game. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- Mikko Rantanen joins fellow Mike Liut client Patrick Laine in not being close to a new deal. [MHH]
- Laine and his frequent linemate Bryan Little are cool after he bashed the lines Winnipeg puts him on. So there. [NHL]
- Could the Avalanche be contenders? [THN]
- 31 Thoughts on Chabot and other random stuff. [Sportsnet]
- Here are the official NHL podcasts for the upcoming season. [NHL]
- For those who know R, here’s a primer on connecting manually tracked observations to NHL play-by-play data (which are also based on manually tracked observations, btw). [Hockey-Graphs]