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The New York Islanders have time before their next preseason game, which takes place on Saturday in Bridgeport at 2 PM. If you want to attend, what are the protocols? Erik Gustafsson is on a PTO with the Islanders, but is happy to be a part of the franchise and is doing what he can to make the team.

These stories and more in today’s daily links!

The New York Islanders will be playing their third preseason game at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday, the first of three games. The franchise’s AHL affiliate, formerly the Sound Tigers, rebranded this offseason to the Bridgeport Islanders. Saturday will mark the first game played in Bridgeport with fans for the first time in 18 months as Christian Arnold spoke with the team’s president of operations to discuss the latest on the rebrand, COVID-19 regulations, and more. (NYI Hockey Now)

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson is on a professional tryout with the Islanders. He spoke to the media and stated that he is glad for his opportunity on the island. He has not had a productive season since he was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2018-19 and is looking to regain old form and help this Islander team. (Newsday)

The Boston Bruins almost did not draft defenseman Charlie McAvoy in 2016 says Jeff Marek of the 32 Thoughts Podcast. He tells the story of Boston Bruins Assistant General Manager John Ferguson Jr., who helped change the thought process of upper management the day of the draft. The night prior, it was agreed upon that Donte Fabbro were to be drafted. (Boston Hockey Now)

Goaltender Louis Domingue, currently in Pittsburgh, opened up to the media about his struggles the last few seasons. He stated that because of the situation with COVID-19, being on the taxi squad, and playing for five teams in a span of one season got to him. In certain spots he lacked motivation due to his situation. His words left the media on hand speechless. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Washington Capitals fell to the New Jersey Devils by a score of 5-4 in regulation. Hendrix LaPierre stayed red-hot for the Caps, Evgeny Kunznetov looked strong, with Zack Fucale and Ilya Samsonov stellar in between the pipes. Here’s more from the loss. (Washington Hockey Now)

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in their first preseason game of the year. Bobby Ryan, who is on a professional tryout, performed quite well with the equalizer in the third, before ending the shootout with a beauty of a move. He was not the only standout as here is the summary from the win. (Detroit Hockey Now)

The Panthers elected for a much younger lineup in their preseason game against the Dallas Stars. Despite having the odds against them, with their big guns not in the game, they were able to win 4-3 via the shootout. Who stood out? (Florida Hockey Now)

Vegas Golden Knights starting netminder Robin Lehner was a guest on the Spittin Chiclets podcast, where he spoke about a handful of topics in a must-listen to interview. He spoke about how he got his nickname, what went on in Buffalo, how much the Islanders meant to him, and more in a powerful interview. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Jack Johnson has never lived up to the hype of being a lottery pick in the NHL Draft. He has had a few seasons that showcased why he was selected so high, but injuries and lackluster play has seen his career decline. He is looking to impress with the Colorado Avalance, a team he admired growing up, and make the roster in order to keep his NHL career alive. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Mario Ferraro may play for the San Jose Sharks for a long time, but yesterday’s fight with Jacob Doty won’t necessarily be the first of many. That bout — Ferraro came to the defense of 18-year-old William Eklund, who had been knocked down by the towering Doty — was actually Ferraro’s first-ever NHL fight.  He is looking to take the next step in his NHL career this season. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Defenseman Brad Hunt is looking to make the Vancouver Canucks this season. He has a very calm demeanor and his doing what he can do in camp to stand out. “I just control the things that I can control and that’s how hard I work at practice and how I am in the dressing room and that’s all I can really focus on. It’s just having fun, and it’s just been great.” (Vancouver Hockey Now)

After missing the whole 2020-21 season with chronic immune response syndrome, Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews played in his first game in quite some time. He had an assist and scored in the shootout in his return. (NHL)

Mark Giordano scored a goal in his return to Calgary with the Seattle Kraken, a 4-3 shootout win against the Calgary Flames in a preseason game at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday. Giordano, who had played his entire 15-season career with the Flames after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2004, was claimed by the Kraken in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft on July 21. (NHL)

The NHL announces important dates for this season, including the trade deadline, the start of the playoffs, the NHL Draft and more. (NHL)

Peter McNab has been diagnosed with cancer but will continue his role as television analyst for the Colorado Avalanche beginning with their preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights in Denver on Oct. 5. The 69-year-old was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2021 with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Stan Fischler and former NHL player, coach and executive Paul Holmgren, and has been with the Avalanche since their inaugural season in 1995. (NHL)

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