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Islanders News: Reverse retro peeks, temporary realignment

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The NHL prepares for next season with more jerseys, fewer games, and odd divisions.

Florida Panthers v New York Islanders
It won’t be this.
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Happy Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, which was once upon a time called Armistice Day, before humanity doubled down on its 20th-century global conflicts.

Because it’s a slow time, many teams are revealing their version of the “reverse retro” look...one hint at a time. This only really suggests the year and possible color cues that will inspire the “fourth” jersey:

This Day in Islanders History

The Dead Cat Bounce: As we lived it, that fateful West Coast trip that ended Scott Gordon’s tenure. On this night a decade ago the Islanders at least salvaged a measly point in San Jose. It would be Gordon’s last. [Retro LHH]

Islanders News

  • A little more extrapolation on the fourth jersey thing. [NYI Hockey Now]
  • Prospect Report: Not a lot happening! Because COVID sucks. [Isles]
  • NEW! Arthur Staple projects what the Islanders depth chart will look like next year (spoiler: it will probably look very much like last year’s). The Sound Tigers roster will have some new faces, possibly some we’re used to seeing on the big club. [The Athletic]
  • The latest Community Star of the Week is another youngster — and I say this with the utmost respect — whose story may make you feel like you’ve done nothing good with your life. [Isles]
  • A former race car driver was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years for stealing millions from players Michael Peca and Bryan Berard, Suffolk police officers and “other investors through bogus transactions that stretched from Sag Harbor to Mexico.” [Newsday]
  • The pandemic has created new considerations for air flow and related concerns for new arenas like the Islanders’ at Belmont. [Times]
  • Remembering when the stupid St. Louis Blues fired former captain and young coach Al Arbour, a move that ultimately started the chain to me becoming an Isles fan. [STL Today]

Elsewhere

  • For next season the NHL is considering “temporary realignment” and short-term hubs, among other measures. [NHL | TSN]
  • But as we say often about this...who knows? This is a crucial stretch in the decision-making. There’s a board meeting Thursday. They’d like to award the Cup by July 15. [Sportsnet]
  • Hey look, Henrik Lundqvist has really Capitals-y Capitals pads. [NHL]
  • Don’t fret, Toronto, you still have tons of time! [TSN]
  • Legendary cheapshot artist and occasional hockey player Ulf Samuelsson joins the Panthers as an assistant coach. [NHL]