The Islanders are back in preseason “action” tonight..
UPDATE: due to the state of emergency and flooding, the game has been postponed to Saturday night.
... with a home rematch against the Smurfs, who beat them by some it-doesn’t-matter score earlier this week at the World’s Most Self-Congratulatory Arena.
If you think we’re going to watch the game so that you don’t have to, you are sorely mistaken. We’re maaaaybe gonna scroll through some Twitter highlights and a laughable box score to see how Flubber MacPherson looked next to Gord Puckaluk in their bid to be the final cuts from camp. And we’ll perhaps look at Lane Lambert’s post-game, filled with guarded praise for Here’s A Guy while noting there’s lots of work yet to do.
- According to CapFriendly, Isaiah George has been reassigned to his OHL team. I’m sure the team will announce it, too... George made a nice impression in camp, was a little in awe for his only preseason game appearance, but generally left us with added hope that he will be a player.
- Isles season preview: Bo Horvat settling in and the power play being not-terrible are two keys to success. [NHL]
- J-G Pageau is “embracing being an outlet for the younger and newer French speakers in the organization,” like William Dufour and Julien Gauthier. [Isles]
- Speaking of Pageau, are he and Anders Lee a new pairing? And could it work? [Newsday]
- Another year looms for the Identity Line, and by “year” Newsday surely means “the parts of the next six months when two of them aren’t injured.”
- Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will miss at least two months after having back surgery. For his herniated disc, they tried injections first but that wasn’t doing it. [NHL]
- His $9.5 million cap hit makes a long-term injury a bit of an issue for the Lightning. [Athletic]
- Patrick Kane intends to play this season and his agent intends for you to be impressed by footage of him doing drills and workouts and stuff. [NHL]
- A lovely tribute to Chris Snow, the Flames assistant GM who has succumbed to ALS. [Athletic]
- The Canucks placed goalie Spencer Knight on waivers, if you really must know. [Sportsnet]