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Islanders News: Captain’s ready for friends, noon games, Isles ready for Sorokin

The Islanders are back in camp and we have lots of Ilya Sorokin links.

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New York Islanders Training Camp
Captain in the pandemic
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I don’t know what day of the week this is, because dates and calendars have meant nothing to me in the pandemic. However, given a few days off work to play in sand with my kids, I can tell you...dates and calendars still mean nothing.

But I hear hockey is near...

Islanders News

  • The schedule and start times for the Islanders’ first few games with the Panthers has been released. Yes, it includes multiple weekday noon starts. [LHH | Isles]
  • It feels far away, but the county executive expresses optimism about the Islanders being able to play 2020-21 in the “shuttered” Coliseum. [Islanders Insight]
  • Ilya Sorokin reads: He was worth the wait. [Isles] We affirm our excitement. [LHH] They hope to have him in for Phase 4 workouts, and perhaps in the AHL if they start 2020-21 before the NHL does. [Newsday] Seven Facts about Ilya [Isles] Lou is pleased. [Isles presser]
  • Ilya Sorokin (and training camp) podcasts: Islanders Anxiety returns with Dan and Mike. Arthur Staple does it on No Sleep Till Belmont.
  • A deep dive into what made Barry Trotz, the man, the myth, the champion and Jack Adams winner. Focusing on his year as a head coach at age 25, with hair and a ‘stache. [Athletic]
  • Anders Lee is psyched to be back with the guys:


Last night’s NHL scores include...just kidding. Not yet.

  • The NHL announced all sorts of awards finalists for their major awards like the Calder, Jack Adams, etc. The Islanders were excluded.
  • Mikhail Grigorenko, whose first run in the NHL didn’t go so well, has his contract for 2020-21 with the Blue Jackets approved. [NHL]
  • NHL coaches debate whether they’ll be wearing masks behind the bench. [TSN]
  • Old friend Robin Lehner gives the Golden Knights the standard “great team, great organization, great group of guys” seal of approval. Someone sign this guy for more than a year. [NHL]
  • Capitals forward Lars Eller is in “the bubble,” but he will leave it for the birth of his child. The dilemmas and complications of Return To Play and the pandemic. [TSN]