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Islanders News: Happy Season’s Eve, waivers, rosters

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Also: Casey Cizikas is healthy.

New York Islanders Training Camp
Unimpressed by the city.
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After much delay, care, angst and negotiation, the NHL 2021-21 season opens tonight, with several games and much hype. The Islanders? They have to wait one more night before getting started against the Smurfs.

Islanders News

  • So yeah, Ilya Sorokin had his first media availability via Zoom and “it was hard” but it was a hit. [Isles]
  • In print form: Sorokin talks about the decision to make the jump. [Isles | Athletic | Newsday]
  • Also: Casey Cizikas was back after his injury scare, and Barry Trotz sang Kieffer Bellows’ praises. [Isles]
  • Five keys to the Islanders season. [Newsday]
  • Lots to discuss, including the contracts, the “mosquito squad” and swag. [Islanders Anxiety podcast]
  • Andy Greene’s contract is league minimum with several games played bonuses that will probably end up on next year’s cap.
  • This day in Isles history: Jason Blake feasts on Thrashers with a hat trick. [Isles]
  • Prospect Report: The NCAA is back in action. [Isles]

Elsewhere

Best media moment of the preseason by far:

  • Bill Daly fields questions on the season, the uncertainty — and promises the funky realignment and taxi squads will not become a permanent fixture. [NHL]
  • You know hockey’s back when...31 Thoughts! On pandemic-season issues, on Olli Jokinen, and more. [Sportsnet]
  • Old friend Travis Hamonic has officially signed with the Canucks on a one-year deal. [TSN | NHL]
  • As agreed in the CBA, the league announced a cumulative total of positive COVID tests at the end of camp. It’s 27, and 17 of them were with the Stars. [NHL | TSN]
  • The Bruins will retire the number of Willie O’Ree, the barrier-breaking first Black player in the NHL. [SCOC]
  • A random but somewhat fun survey of the Canadian Division. [TSN]
  • HAVE YOU HEARD? Auston Matthews is leaner. There have only been 13 stories about it. What can happen when you don’t get drunk and harass female security officers. [TSN | Athletic]