New York Islanders to go black and white in Brooklyn

Jared Clinton
The New York Islanders celebrate Mikhail Grabovski's goal after a beautiful passing play. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

To go with their big move to Brooklyn, the New York Islanders are going to be unveiling a brand new third jersey and the threads might not feature any of the Islanders’ traditional colors.

In keeping with the color scheme of the other tenant of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, the Islanders will be sporting a black and white alternate sweater in 2015-16, doing away with the former silver, blue and orange alternate that was used this past season.

The new sweater is set to be revealed on Sept. 21, according to IslandersPointBlank’s Brian Erni. It will be the third alternate jersey the Islanders have used in the past three seasons. Read more

Retiring with ‘C’ on your chest is kind of a big deal

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Nicklas Lidstrom (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

When Bryce Salvador announced his retirement Wednesday, he did so with a distinction not shared by many players. Salvador hung up his skates as the captain of the New Jersey Devils, a testament to both his leadership skills and his enduring excellence.

It’s not often a player retires as captain of his team. Most times the player either gets shuffled off to another team to finish his career or his play declines to the point where the ‘C’ is taken away from him and given to a younger player. To retire as captain of a team indicates the kind of continuity, reciprocal loyalty and long-lasting relationship you don’t see very often. Read more

Watch Vladimir Putin and Russian stars defeat children in exhibition match

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Vladimir Putin and his all-star team take a photo with school children after an exhibition game. (via Russian RT/YouTube)

Whenever a team of seasoned professional players takes on a team of children, one would expect the kids to put up a fight and, in all likelihood, be allowed to beat their veteran opponents. If that veteran team has Russian president Vladimir Putin, however, those kids don’t stand a chance.

Tuesday, Putin and a number of current and former Russian stars, including the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Bure and Slava Fetisov, took on a team of players from the Sirius academy for gifted children in Sochi.

For those wondering how the 63-year-old Putin performed, you’re in luck. In a clip posted by Russian RT, Putin forgets the puck while stickhandling and then flutters a clearcut breakaway attempt on goal. Read more

Seattle arena takes step forward as design for potential building approved

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Seattle skyline (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

It might be too late for Seattle to get in on expansion, but progress is finally being made on getting the arena in place should the city ever make a real push for an NHL club.

Following a three-hour meeting, Seattle’s Downtown Design Review Board unanimously approved the design of the potential Seattle arena, according to KING 5 News’ Chris Daniels. It was the first time in two years that the board had heard the plans for the building from arena investor Chris Hansen.

Hansen has long been pursuing an arena in Seattle with the potential of placing NHL and NBA teams in Washington State and having the design approved is a major step toward making it a reality. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Kane’s future with Blackhawks in question

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Patrick Kane (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The ongoing sexual assault investigation by Hamburg, N.Y., police involving Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane is raising questions in the Chicago media about his future with the team. Kane has yet to be charged, but uncertainty over his status has some pundits suggesting the Blackhawks might part ways with the troubled 26-year-old star.

If the investigation is still ongoing when the season opens in October, Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald reports it casts uncertainty over his availability for the upcoming season. It will definitely be an unwelcome distraction for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Rozner also wonders if the Blackhawks brass wants Kane back, pointing out they issued the winger a strict warning in 2012 regarding several alcohol-related off-ice incidents. He suggests trading Kane could be among their options, speculating they probably already received inquiries from some rival clubs about his trade status. Read more

Former Devils captain Salvador announces retirement

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Bryce Salvador (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

Bryce Salvador’s path to the NHL wasn’t an easy one, and after 13 seasons in the league the 39-year-old defenseman is prepared to call it a career.

Wednesday morning, Salvador made his retirement announcement via The Players Tribune, in a piece titled “‘Til It’s Gone.”

In the piece, Salvador describes the symptoms of his multiple concussions which caused him to miss the entire 2010-11 campaign. After recounting the story of his struggles with a concussion and damage to his vestibular system — which included his eyes not communicating with one another — Salvador revealed that he was choosing to step away from the game.

“Today, I am retiring from the National Hockey League,” Salvador wrote. “I achieved my goal of coming back so that my boys would be able to remember me as an NHL player, and now I am content to step away on my own terms. But I am not leaving hockey, and I am not leaving New Jersey or the Devils. This organization never stopped believing in me, even when I was spinning around in office chairs (to heal my vestibular system).” Read more

It’s either Winnipeg or Europe for Nikolaj Ehlers this season

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In terms of drafted prospects, few teenagers could top the season that Nikolaj Ehlers is coming off. The incredibly talented Halifax Mooseheads left winger put up approximately two points per game in the regular season, then paced The Herd with 31 points in just 14 QMJHL playoff games. He also helped Denmark win its first-ever game at the world juniors and was the most electrifying player in the entire tournament.

So what does he do for an encore?

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The Jack Eichel era is almost here, Buffalo

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Jack Eichel (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

The latter half of summer seems to drag on forever in the hockey world. Sure, you’ll have the occasional event pop up, but free agency has long lost its luster, no big trades are happening and in general, it’s a quiet time.

So if you’re a Buffalo Sabres fan, take solace in the fact that the season is almost here. And with it comes rookie center Jack Eichel, the type of prospect that can change a franchise’s fortunes.

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