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Islanders News: Rick DiPietro doesn’t appear on this blog often enough

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It’s time to bring him back.

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Dang, that’s Daniel Alfredsson behind Rick DiPietro. 2013!
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Folks, hello. Welcome to bits. It has been a week, but here we are again. The season, if it still somehow starts on January 1, is not that far away! Theoretically!

Islanders News

  • Rick DiPietro spoke to Arthur Staple about his Islanders career, life on Long Island, and the excitement of Ilya Sorokin. [The Athletic]
  • NEW! Catching up with Otto Koivula, who’s enjoying playing in Finland and making the most of the big Euro ice [The Athletic]
    “When I left the Islanders, they told me the way to get more games, more minutes was to improve my skating,” he said. “Playing center in a European rink is a lot harder than in a North American rink, to be honest. A lot more skating, more defense. So I think it’s really good for me to do this and I’m playing pretty well.”
  • The new leaseholder at the Coliseum got a break on rent until the summer. [Newsday]
  • The Isles’ Reverse Retro was inspired by passion and pride, according to this headline. [NY Sports Day]
  • The ECHL’s North Division, in which the Isles’ affiliate Worcester Railers play, suspended play for the 2020-21 season. No Railers content this year, folks. [ECHL | Worcester Telegram]

She’s beautiful.

Elsewhere

  • The NHL and NHLPA are still negotiating over salaries for the upcoming year. [Sportsnet | The Athletic]
  • The NHL wants the players to concede more, something they don’t appear keen on doing. [NY Post | Sportsnet]
  • In fact, they felt rather betrayed by their bosses’ suggestions. [Sportsnet]
  • Assuming it all does go forward, what could the playoffs look like this season? [The Athletic]
  • Go inside the every-day of an NHL prospect loaned out to Europe, like these five young fellers. [The Athletic]
  • Terry Smith, the creator of the original Sharks logo, is happy to see it come back on the Reverse Retro. [Color of Hockey]