Rookie camp has concluded, NHLers have done their golfing and will do their weighing, and tomorrow they’re on the ice.
The season, friends and miscreants, is just about upon us.
- The Islanders have a “major void” in the absence of Zach Parise and Josh Bailey? [Post]
- To repeat: The Isles are excited to get started. [Isles]
- Count William Dufour among that group: “I’m in top shape right now, full shape. I’m just ready to go, and I can’t wait.” [THN]
- Dan and Mike are excited too, though they each share what makes them nervous as camp looms. [Islanders Anxiety podcast]
- Questions for, or about, each Islander that is theoretically slated for the opening night lineup. [Athletic]
- More on Tristan Lennox, confidently aiming for Bridgeport. [THN]
- And on Isaiah George, who impressed in rookie camp and is looking to set a foundation for a pro career. [AM NY]
- At the close of rookie camp, one last word from Bridgeport coach Rick Kowalsky. [Isles TV]
- How the Isles have handled Oliver Wahlstrom has shifted a bit since the early, keep-him-limited days of Barry Trotz. [THN]
- Absolutely worth the click for the photo alone: Both Islanders mascots on a rescue aircraft for NY Air Guard. [DVIDS]
- 32 Thoughts: What’s next for the Blue Jackets? [Sportsnet]
- Stupid questions and stupid answers from various NHLers. [ESPN]
- Casey DeSmith, flipped by the Penguins to the Canadiens to help facilitate the Erik Karlsson acquisition, has now been flipped to the Canucks for Tanner Pearson. [NHL]
- The Blues named Brayden Schenn their new captain, succeeding Ryan O’Reilly. [NHL]