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Islanders News: Schedule changes and national TV

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Vancouver Canucks v New York Islanders
Horvat played his former teammates right away, but his first trip back to Vancouver will be on national TV this November.
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Hey folks, remember me? It has been a while. But I’m back, and just in time for training camp in September. Try to contain yourselves.

Luckily for me, I don’t think I really missed anything. The New York Islanders haven’t made any real news since last month, and even the news around the league has been far from earth-shattering.

Islanders News

  • The Isles announced their national TV schedule this season—they will have 12 games nationally broadcasted—and some changes of start times. [Islanders | THN]
  • Eric Hornick has been around a long time. He sat down with The Hockey News to talk about how he got his job and how stats have advanced since he started. [THN]
  • Julien Gauthier and Samuel Bolduc were on the same summer league team in Quebec and just won the championship over old friend Anthony Beauvillier. [NYI Hockey Now]
  • Famous Islander fan Christie Brinkley tells the story of how she got stuck in mid-air during a Sports Illustrated shoot. [Yahoo]
  • Yet another reason to stop financially supporting The Athletic: The “fans” are not confident in the front office—they’re the least confident fanbase in the league actually, according to a poll designed by writers at this hellhole and taken by readers of it. [The Athletic]

Around the League

  • Here is the U.S. national TV schedule for the whole league. [NHL]
  • Sheldon Keefe, who has never not been outcoached in the playoffs, got a two-year extension from the Toronto Maple Leafs. [NHL]
  • Carl Hagelin announced his retirement from the NHL due to his eye and hip injuries. [NHL]
  • Bill Peters, who resigned in disgrace from the Calgary Flames four years ago when stories broke that he called Akim Aliu the n-word and then made his life hell for pushing back, is now the coach of a WHL team. Wait until you hear how transparent his “apology” to Aliu was if you can even call it an apology. [Sportsnet | ESPN]