Brock Nelson just keeps getting more impressive. 

The rookie did his first intermission radio interview tonight with his mouth guard in. 

Three questions, something about a first NHL point, flawless enunciation.

Brock Nelson just keeps getting more impressive.

The rookie did his first intermission radio interview tonight with his mouth guard in.

Three questions, something about a first NHL point, flawless enunciation.

The ceremonial handing out of the Superman flat brims marks the official start of the season.
One to Matt Moulson, one to Kyle Okposo, and a few leftovers in the cupboard for when one of their teammates needs help kick-starting a point streak.
The boys will wear the “S” pregame and during intermissions during all 82 games plus playoffs.

The ceremonial handing out of the Superman flat brims marks the official start of the season.

One to Matt Moulson, one to Kyle Okposo, and a few leftovers in the cupboard for when one of their teammates needs help kick-starting a point streak.

The boys will wear the “S” pregame and during intermissions during all 82 games plus playoffs.

Way too busy with this last night to watch the Breaking Bad finale. 

There was a hockey game or something too, apparently.

Way too busy with this last night to watch the Breaking Bad finale.

There was a hockey game or something too, apparently.

Interview request in Ottawa: Anyone who speaks French. 

Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Step Right Up

Interview request in Ottawa: Anyone who speaks French.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Step Right Up

The Isles pulled into the Canadian Tire Centre just in time to catch the departing Niagara IceDogs team bus, complete with Ryan Strome’s face plastered on all sides. 

Cue the 19 other Isles asking where their personal tour buses were parked. 

Next up: a tear-filled Jesse Graham reunion.

The Isles pulled into the Canadian Tire Centre just in time to catch the departing Niagara IceDogs team bus, complete with Ryan Strome’s face plastered on all sides.

Cue the 19 other Isles asking where their personal tour buses were parked.

Next up: a tear-filled Jesse Graham reunion.

New twigs for Matt Moulson tonight from lacrosse company STX. 

The flat black finish is baller… Or the company’s still working on graphics. I’m sticking with baller. 

Someone remind Mouls that 2012-13 was a short season. He doesn’t have to change it up just because he missed the 30-goal mark for the first time in 4 years.

New twigs for Matt Moulson tonight from lacrosse company STX.

The flat black finish is baller… Or the company’s still working on graphics. I’m sticking with baller.

Someone remind Mouls that 2012-13 was a short season. He doesn’t have to change it up just because he missed the 30-goal mark for the first time in 4 years.

Why Are You Always Feeding Us?

It took two weeks, but we finally hit that point in training camp when players start considering turning down food… Emphasis on “considering.”

The catalyst was last week’s split squad team in Regina, which broke the Islanders record for team meals in a day:

-          Breakfast at the Ramada Regina (Bond Villain or crappy hotel?)

-          Lunch at the Ramada Regina

-          Lunch part deux on the plane to Calgary

-          Team snack at the Calgary arena

-          Post-game meal in the locker room

-          Dinner on the plane

That doesn’t include the countless supply of energy bars, fruit and protein shakes these guys bury between meals.

Sunday in Nashville, after a team breakfast on Long Island and lunch on the plane to Nashville, several players finally announced their intentions to pass on the locker room spread – mostly because no one could figure out what time the game was (6 p.m. eastern), what time we landed (2 p.m. central), and how long we had until the game (3 hours).

The PB&J sandwiches and fruit spread in the locker room sat untouched for about 20 minutes, as players stuck to their guns, before the snack started disappearing, one handful at a time.

By warm-ups, the platters were all picked clean. No one used a plate though, so maybe it doesn’t count as a meal.

Next up: A chance to pass on one of tonight’s two post-game dinners.

Rules To Golf By

Islanders fans set to tee off with a player at the upcoming ICF Golf Outing should take note:

A day at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, Mass, with Colin McDonald and Brian Strait offered a few things to keep in mind when hitting 18 with an NHLer.

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1. They Dress Like Pros

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Even if they’ve never played a round in their lives, these guys have access to enough free golf apparel to put that free golf shirt you got at the company picnic to shame.

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2. They Don’t Warm Up

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In McDonald’s words, “Grip it and Rip it.” (Driving range? What’s a driving range?)

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3. They’ll reach the hole in two strokes… Even from the sand.

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No need to play it safe or “lay up.” If there’s a water hazard, they’re going over it, not around.  

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4. Bring Sandwiches

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We averaged about one sandwich for every three holes. Plus granola bars and fruit to hold them over between sandwiches. No need for plates, when the greens are clean enough to eat off.

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5. Ignore All Signs

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Rules are for losers.

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6. (a) Don’t Hit The Camera Crew

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It’s my job to get media to come to the ICF Golf Outing. Please don’t give them a reason to leave early….

6. (b) Even if they get a little too comfortable

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Not a joke: last year a two-man camera crew from News12 tumbled down a steep hill after their golf cart tipped on it’s side. The PR-guy driving said cart has yet to publicly come forward.

Thanks for the closeup, Newsday

I was kicking myself for not posing for a shot yesterday on the diamond at Yankee Stadium, but should have known the Newsday photog had my back.

This closeup is going on the fridge. Maybe I should mail a copy to Moulson, too.

Another Day At The Office…

Just setting up shop for a media scrum here in Derek Jeter’s office. Matt Moulson had a good interview; it might not have shown the most range in the league, but it was solid - no errors on the score sheet.

John Tavares was set up a few steps towards the dugout, bravely taking on whatever media dared set foot near the Yankee’s third base position.