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Hockey is right around the corner, as the New York Islanders report for physicals before hitting the ice on Thursday. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello met with the media today to discuss COVID-19 status, roster signings, injury updates and more. Should Noah Dobson get a new linemate this season in Chara, or should he remain alongside Andy Greene?

These stories and more in today’s daily links!

The slanders will not only enter training camp 100 percent healthy, but also 100 percent vaccinated. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello made the announcement on Tuesday during a conference call with reporters ahead of the start of training camp this week. The Hall-of-Fame hockey executive reported that everyone inside the Islanders organization had been vaccinated, including staff, coaches and players. (NYI Hockey Now)

With Zdeno Chara rejoining the New York Islanders this past Saturday, general manager Lou Lamoriello filled the last remaining hole on his roster with training camp quickly approaching. While the Islanders’ top defensive pairing is set in stone, plenty of questions remain the bottom-four. Although each player on the backend will have to play a critical part in what will be a grind of an 82-game season, the continued development of Noah Dobson has to be a focal point as he enters his third season in the National Hockey League. Which linemate would allow him the best chance at taking that much-needed next step? (NYI Hockey Now)

After back to back trips to the Semi-Finals, the New York Islanders are looking to get over the hump. While that is the plan, the mindset from Lamoriello all the way down to the players is taking things day by day, one game at a time. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Boston Bruins are going camping once again! After being sucked into the bizarro world of COVID like the rest of us for the last 17 months, the Boston Bruins will take the next step into their new normal Wednesday as they begin a normal training camp at basically the normal time of year NHL training camps begin. Fully vaccinated but with three players already out with injuries, the Bruins will report to Warrior Arena in Brighton, MA Wednesday morning for physicals. The on-ice sessions of camp will begin on Thursday with the roster (below) divided into two groups yet to be announced. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins skated again on Tuesday morning at the UPMC Lemieux Complex, though it was again in an unofficial capacity. The Penguins official start of training camp with head coach Mike Sullivan will be on Thursday morning. And it’s go time. Thursday morning, Sept. 23, the Penguins begin the 2021-22 season with a 9 a.m. at the UPMC Lemieux Complex. Fortunately, the players have been skating as scrimmages will begin on Day 1. It’s unclear from the Penguins’ official camp schedule if the team plans to have their annual training camp championship. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers announced their full roster and schedule for Training Camp starting later this week. Flyers Training Camp will begin on Thursday, September 23rd and run through Friday, October 8th. The Flyers have five preseason games during that time, starting with next Tuesday’s opener at home against the New York Islanders. The first three days of training camp will feature the roster split into three groups with identical schedules each day and groups switching time slots. On the following two days, the Flyers will have scrimmages between two groups. (Philly Hockey Now)

Taking the ice at Medstar Capitals Iceplex for his first Washington Capitals rookie camp, Bear Hughes was nervous. The long-time pro didn’t know exactly what to expect but quickly appeared to feel right at home in D.C. “Coming into camp, I had a lot of nerves, a little bit of anxiety. The hardest thing for me was to just come in and meet all the guys and the training staff for the first time. But Saturday went really well, just meeting everybody, coming to the rink and seeing the facility, started off great.” (Washington Hockey Now)

Bobby Ryan will be back in training camp with the Detroit Red Wings but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be a Red Wing again this season. Ryan, 34, spent last season in Detroit after he signed a one-year contract with the team as an unrestricted free agent. He produced 7-7-14 totals in 33 games. Ryan’s season was cut short when he suffered an upper-body injury in March. He underwent triceps surgery in May to correct the problem. Just because Ryan is being tendered an invitation to Red Wings camp, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to figure in Detroit’s plans for this season. There’s a number of possible scenarios why this PTO could be happening. (Detroit Hockey Now)

The home arena of the Florida Panthers will once again be changing its name although for the first time since opening on the edge of the Everglades in 1998, it will not have a corporate name attached to it. Florida Hockey Now has confirmed the Panthers’ arena in Sunrise will be called the FLA Live Arena for the coming season. The team is currently looking for a new naming rights partner for 2022. (Florida Hockey Now)

It seems like yesterday the Vegas Golden Knights were denied by the Montreal Canadiens in their quest to play for the Stanley Cup. But with training camp scheduled to begin Wednesday, 88 days after the Habs won Game 6 in overtime to eliminate the Golden Knights, it’s time to turn the page and move on. The Golden Knights have a different look as they enter their fifth NHL season. Fan favorites Marc-Andre Fleury and Ryan Reaves are gone. So is Cody Glass, the team’s first pick from the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The new faces include centers Evgenii Dadonov, Nolan Patrick and Brett Howden. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Is William Eklund ready for the NHL? How about Ryan Merkley? Who else stood out for the San Jose Sharks during the 2021 Rookie Faceoff Tournament? Three NHL scouts who were in Arizona offered their insights to San Jose Hockey Now about Eklund, Merkley, Ozzy Wiesblatt, Santeri Hatakka, Jasper Weatherby, Artemi Kniazev, and Tristen Robins’s performances. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Kirill Kaprizov signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. It has an average annual value of $9 million. “I’m so happy,” the forward said. “It’s good for me, it’s good for the team. Now I just want to play hockey and to [be with] my teammates and just play hockey.” The 24-year-old, who won the Calder Trophy voted NHL rookie of the year last season, was a restricted free agent. He led the Wild in goals (27), points (51), points per game (0.93) and overtime goals (two), and scored three game-winning goals, in 55 games last season. (NHL)

Jordan Eberle checked into his hotel under a fake name when he traveled to Seattle for the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. After he appeared on stage at Gas Works Park on the north shore of Lake Union as one of the original members of the Seattle Kraken on July 21, the forward found he couldn’t pay for a meal in the city. Someone always picked up the check. “I played in Edmonton,” said Eberle, a member of the Edmonton Oilers from 2010-17, “and it was crazier than that.” (NHL)

NHL training camps open Wednesday, and the immediate futures of two impact players, an entire team coming together for the first time, familiar faces in new places and so much more highlight the plethora of storylines that will be trending across the League. Here are 11 to follow until opening night Oct. 12. (NHL)

Kevin Hayes will need up to eight weeks to recover from abdominal surgery he had Tuesday, which will cause him to miss Philadelphia Flyers training camp and the start of the NHL season. “Kevin was skating yesterday with his teammates and he felt something in his groin, had an MRI and this morning got operated on,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We expect him to be out anywhere from 6-8 weeks from his point. This brings us nine, 10 games into the regular season. So he’ll be out for a while.” The Flyers host the Vancouver Canucks in their regular-season opener Oct. 15. (NHL)

The St. Louis Blues and restricted free agent forward Robert Thomas have agreed to a two-year, $5.6 million contract extension. The deal carries an average annual value of $2.8 million and runs through the 2022-23 NHL season. (TSN)