Yesterday’s big story happened off the ice. I know, that really narrows it down these days.
- The most important news from Wednesday was the announcement that the Islanders’ new home at Belmont will be called UBS Arena. UBS, an international investment bank based in Switzerland, secured the naming rights for 20 years. [LHH | Newsday | Islanders | Pump-Up Video]
- On to actual hockey stuff: some of the lines and pairs are set, but Barry Trotz is still deciding which of the 34 players at camp to bring to Toronto to fill out his 31-man roster. [Newsday]
- Oliver Wahlstrom and Kieffer Bellows formed a line with Andrew Ladd in yesterday’s scrimmage and the two young prospects had the only goals in a 2-0 Blue win. Also, Leo Komarov was back on the ice, wearing a fish bowl for his eye. [Newsday]
- Isles Day to Day: Training Camp Day 9 has more on the scrimmage, including the rosters for Blue and White. Semyon Varlamov shut out the White squad.
- Anthony Beauvillier was enjoying his family time during quarantine but is excited to be back to work. [Islanders]
- July 22 is the anniversary of when the Sound Tigers were officially purchased by Islanders ownership, back in 2004. They’d always been affiliated with the Isles, but were previously owned by original Islanders owner Roy Boe. [This Day in Isles History]
- LISTEN: Johnny Boychuk went on Sirius XM NHL Radio to talk about the Return to Play tournament and trying to win another Stanley Cup, among other things. [Islanders]
- For those of you outside the New York TV market, the first three games of the Isles-Panthers series will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN. Those of us in-market will get the local feed with Brendan Burke and Butch Goring.
- Despite being respective hub hosts, the Maple Leafs and Oilers are subjected to the same bubble rules as every other team—they have to stay in hotels, for example. [Sportsnet]
- Craig Custance got an anonymous executive, coach, and scout (assuming the same trio from yesterday’s post), as well as an anonymous player, to rank the 24 RTP teams, who were then placed into tiers. The Isles landed at the bottom of the third of five tiers: pretty much where we’d expect them, to be honest. [The Athletic]
- 10 people that Greg Wyshynski and company are rooting for during the RTP tournament. I’d root for some of them, too, were it not for the team for whom they’re dressed. [ESPN]
- Are any coaches worried about their players breaking the postseason bubbles?
- And finally, Down Goes Brown rightly suggests the best time to be a hockey fan is the first 48 hours of the playoffs. He ranks each season of the cap era by this metric. [The Athletic]