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Islanders News: The new arena is making waves for its air-filtration innovations

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In other words, the Islanders are probably a lot better at science than Gary Roberts is.

Steve Webb skates
Steve Webb, like many Islanders alumni, stuck around after he retired and is trying to make a difference.
Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI

The dog days of the NHL’s calendar year are also usually the actual dog days. So it was nice of whatever controls the weather to make it look and feel like the second-worst kind of summer day there is—muggy, foggy, damp, ambiguous as to whether go with short or long sleeves. It made this dull time of NHL year seem a bit more normal.

(For posterity: the worst summer weather, of course, is 95°F and humid, especially over multiple, consecutive days. Those are the real dog days.)

Islanders News

  • The Athletic heard out Jets fans’ trade proposals and had the local beat writer of the desired trade partner rate the likelihood of the deal ever happening. No, you cannot have hometown guy Ryan Pulock for Jack Roslovic straight-up, Ken W. [The Athletic]
  • This is cool: the Isles usually host their food drive at a November home game, but that obviously cannot happen. Instead, from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, you can show up to Northwell Health Ice Center with a frozen turkey or six non-perishables and receive a coupon for the pro shop and a t-shirt. [Islanders]
  • Hey, I was at this game as a six-year-old—on October 20, 2001, the Islanders finally retired Bryan Trottier’s no. 19. Without looking it up, I believe it was a Saturday afternoon against the Sharks. Don’t remember the score, though. [Oct. 20 in Isles History]
  • Man, it has been two years already: on October 21, 2018, long-time owner Charles B. Wang passed away. [Oct. 21 in Isles History]
  • Steve Webb stayed on Long Island after retirement and is using his influence to raise money for charity. [Islanders Alumni Corner]
  • UBS Arena’s solution to cleaning the air to make it safe amid the pandemic is going to revolutionize arena safety. [Forbes]
  • LISTEN: It’s Episode 58 of Island Ice and Andrew Gross pays tribute to Doc Emrick, discusses potential start dates for the season, interviews sports economist Dr. Joel Maxcy, and answers your questions. [Newsday]

Elsewhere

  • Using his model, Game Score Value Added, Dom Luszczyszyn checks to see how much a team has improved (or not improved) with their player changes this fall. [The Athletic]
  • Similarly, the NHL site ranked what they believe to be the Super 16 after the bulk of free agency. [NHL]
  • The Oilers gave defenseman Kris Russell a one-year extension, keeping him in Edmonton for the next two seasons. [Sportsnet]
  • The Seattle Kraken hired Gary Roberts as a sports science and performance consultant. He is going to show them the science of how to drive a player’s skull into glass and complain that he’s faking it. [NHL]
  • Michelle Sturino’s departure from SiriusXM NHL Network Radio is yet another example of the dearth of women working in sports radio. Why are so few women working in the field? [The Athletic]