The Morning Skate: Almost Time for Actual Players Skating on Actual Ice

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders announced that as a precursor to training camp next week, there will be a rookie camp starting Friday at the Coliseum. The kids will wrap up mini-camp on Tuesday, followed by team physicals on Wednesday and full-on training camp starting next Thursday in Brooklyn.

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Rookie camp attendees are, but are not limited to: Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Kirill Kabanov, Anders Lee, Scott Mayfield, Brock Nelson, Anders Nilsson, Andrey Pedan, Ryan Pulock, Griffin Reinhart, Ryan Strome, and Johan Sundstrom.

Speaking of Brooklyn, a sort of weird thing happened with the Islanders website yesterday.

The team unveiled the marketing slogan for this season, “A Shift in Power”, and it looked suspiciously like the Brooklyn Nets website. It appears to be using the same font and there’s also a lot of black in the color scheme. This should’t be too surprising, given that the team’s marketing is now being run by the Nets — corporate synergy! — but of course there’s always the worry that the traditional orange and blue will be replaced by black and white. It doesn’t make sense to draw any serious conclusions from this, though.

One suggestion for the Islanders when they do eventually change the third jersey (I mean, they will, right?) please don’t unveil it like the Sabres:



As far as the Barclays pre-season game that is coming up in almost two weeks, Chris Botta writes on twitter (disclosure: person who used to write things in this general vicinity) that the capacity for the game will only be 13,000 fans. However, the arena plans to have 15,000 full-view seats by the time the Islanders call the arena home in 2015. The important note here is that these are full-view seats, and not “13,000 plus a few thousand where you can’t see the net”.


Also, John Tavares lost three teeth (ouch):

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