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Any Islanders fans worth their salt knows the significance of J.P. Parise’s goal 11 seconds into overtime against the New York Rangers during the best-of-three series in the 1975 playoffs. One person who has never forgotten the importance of that goal is J.P. Parise’s son and now a current Islander, Zach Parise. That goal 46 years ago helped set the stage for the Islanders’ run to four Stanley Cups five years later. And it’s something that the team’s illustrious alumni never forgot. “When Denis Potvin was calling our games, you’d chat with them after the game as well, and they always spoke very highly of my dad,” Zach Parise said. “For the longest time, we had some pictures of him scoring that goal and him shaking hands after the game. I’ve always said, he loved his time out there.” (NYI Hockey Now)

Here are some thoughts and observations from the first day of Boston Bruins rookie camp with all 23 of the Black and Gold hopefuls out on the ice ahead of the open of next week’s NHL training camp. (Boston Hockey Now)

The old lions, the upstarts, the middle child, and the wannabes. Welcome to life in the Metropolitan Division as the long-running domination of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will collide with the arrival of the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes. The division probably took a step back from the multiple Stanley Cup contender-laden lineups from last season, including the Boston Bruins. Now the division has an air of transition, just like those Pittsburgh Penguins and the rosters of a few of their longtime rivals. The times they are a-changin’. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

As the Washington Capitals continue informal skates and prepare to return for the official start of training camp on Sept. 22, the team’s prospects are ready to take the ice as well. The team will kick off its annual rookie camp on Saturday, Sept. 18, at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, V.A. Camp will run through Monday, Sept. 20, and then the team will have a day off before resuming for veteran camp. Washington released its official rookie camp roster on Wednesday. The roster features 10 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders. Out of the 20 players attending, 13 are Capitals draft picks. In addition to a number of signed and unsigned Capitals prospects, a number of free-agent amateur players will participate as well. (Washington Hockey Now)

First off, I don’t really know why anyone would have ever wanted to mess with the first Avalanche road uniform colors. I loved those old Avs road unis. Burgundy wine color, royal blue trim. Very, very striking to the naked eye. But, starting however many years ago it was when some marketing people tried to fix what wasn’t broken, NHL teams made the choice to go with white uniforms for road games. I disagreed with that then, and I disagree with it now. But beside that point, the Avs have tinkered with their road colors for many years now. And, this is the latest version. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Point, and counterpoint. Earlier this week, my new and valued colleague Steve Carp advocated the Vegas Golden Knights roll the dice and hit the NHL trade market for the big fish still on ice, Jack Eichel. It would fill a pressing need for the Golden Knights and be the most exciting thing to happen since the final pick of the 2017 expansion draft. You remember who that was, eh? (Vegas Hockey Now)

William Eklund arrived in San Jose last Friday. The San Jose Sharks hope that he stays for a while. The 2021 first-round draft pick’s quest to make the Sharks out of training camp begins in earnest this Friday in Arizona, when San Jose kicks off a three-game Rookie Faceoff Tournament against five other NHL teams. After that, Eklund will participate in training camp and surely see some exhibition action. At that point, the San Jose Sharks will have to decide whether to assign their top prospect to the NHL or the AHL. Eklund also has the option of returning to his SHL team Djurgarden. But the 18-year-old wunderkind says he isn’t looking that far ahead. (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Vancouver Canucks will conduct off-ice evaluations with their rookies on Thursday before the youngun’s hit the ice on Friday afternoon at Rogers Arena. As talented as some of them may be, it’s often easy to lose track of them once the big club gets going. For casual fans, it’s “out of sight, out of mind”, especially when your AHL team has been in Utica, New York. This season will be a bit different. A couple of these gent’s are a solid threat to crack the roster, or a given in a case or two, while the AHL’ers will soon be toiling just down the road in Abbotsford. Let’s look at a half-dozen of the current campers. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

Marco Rossi said he’s intent on securing a roster spot with the Minnesota Wild after missing last season because of complications from COVID-19. “My goal is to make the NHL,” the 19-year-old center said Wednesday. “I know how good I am. I know I can make it. I would say I have to prove myself. You have to earn that spot. It’s really hard. But first I’m focusing on my rookie camp. We have two games ahead of us. Not thinking too far ahead of me. Just thinking about this week, day by day, and to give my best every day.”Rossi, the No. 9 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, is one of 26 Wild prospects participating in the 2021 Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase, which will feature two scrimmages against Chicago Blackhawks prospects, on Friday and on Sunday. (NHL)

Carey Price is in the Montreal Canadiens gym and medical clinic almost every day, working a surgically repaired knee back into shape for what will be the goalie’s 15th NHL season. It’s a return to business after a busy, short offseason, the Canadiens having gone to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, losing the best-of-7 series in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Arthroscopic surgery July 22 in New York cleaned up Price’s torn meniscus, the shock-absorbing cartilage in the knee. The Canadiens said at the time his full recovery would take 10-12 weeks; though he hasn’t yet skated and said there’s no firm date for that to happen, he said he’s encouraged by his rehabilitation. (NHL)

Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild are running out of time with negotiations “pretty slow right now” and training camp set to begin Sept. 23, but general manager Bill Guerin said he remains optimistic the restricted free agent forward will re-sign. “The player is doing what he feels is right,” Guerin said Tuesday. “You need to respect that, and I do. I respect Kirill and I don’t think he’s doing anything abnormal right now. It’s just a matter of, ‘When do we get the deal done?'” (NHL)

As part of their Hockey Is For Everyone initiative, the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, honoring and recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx members across the hockey community. The League will share stories and special features across its Spanish-language platforms at NHL.com/ES and on Twitter at @NHLEspanol. Stories will also be featured at NHL.com/HispanicHeritage and on the League’s English-language social media channels. (NHL)

While it may not be playoffs or bust for the New York Rangers, defenceman Adam Fox says the expectations are higher for the team entering this season. The reigning Norris Trophy winner told the NHL@TheRink podcast Wednesday it’s time for the Rangers to take a step forward after missing the playoffs for the third time in four years last season. (TSN)

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