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Cooper's Law of Coaching, Brock Nelson and the Isles play chicken, more on the 2018 WJCs cut down yesterday and eat your hear tout Tom Petty!

"You don't need to read 'Today's Slapshot' to know I'm a worthy and safe fantasy hockey investment, now do you? Do you?!"
"You don't need to read 'Today's Slapshot' to know I'm a worthy and safe fantasy hockey investment, now do you? Do you?!"
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  • Patience is a virtue and when expectations are as vaulted as they are at the moment for the Lightning, things can quickly turn to panic. Do yourself a favor: don't. [Hockey Tampa]
  • More substance - quotes - on the Kristers Gudlevskis injury, along with a quick recap of the Bolts win over the Florida Panthers to end the tournament in Estero. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • With Gudlevskis injury, this is the kind of attitude you want to see from Ray Emery... This was put together before the incident in Estero. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The Sun Sports / Fox Sports Florida TV schedule has been officially unveiled. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • He's good at the hockey. Tyler Johnson isn't just good at the hockey but he's safe as the fantasy hockey investment. [Today's Slapshot]
  • "The Jon Cooper Effect"? Wouldn't "The Application of the Cooper Law of Coaching" be more apt as a title? Well, the point is Tampa Bay's head coach holds an influence over coaching shifts elsewhere in the league. [About Sports]
  • The countdown is on for the Hockeyville game between the Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins. [Fox 8]
  • Director of Broadcasting Matt Sammon has been involved with some aspects of game day coverage. His roles are shifting a bit with the new season. [Matt Sammon Sez]
  • Joey Mormina, destined for the Syracuse Crunch this season, is 33 years old and has all of one NHL game to his credit. He's okay with that, though. [Syracuse.com]
  • The career of left wing Simon Gagne is over. Stick taps to the man and best wishes for his post-career life. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • A take from another blog on the USA Hockey bouncing of Tampa and Chicago from hosts candidacy for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships. [Second City Hockey]
  • "There's no finer tradition than USA Hockey making a big announcement, choosing Buffalo, and you feeling just a little disappointed." [SB Nation College Hockey Blog]
  • New Jersey Devils fans no longer put all trust in Lou, thus the name change for SB Nation's Devils blog... It's not about trusting in someone anymore, it's... [All About the Jersey]
  • NHL training camps are about to open, the New York Islanders Brock Nelson (who scored 20 goals and 22 assists last season) is unsigned... And the Isles haven't talked to his agent in six weeks? [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • What makes the Nelson situation worse: Islanders team policy says if he's unsigned by the start of training camp, he's not playing this season. [Twitter]
  • Both those links come lacking context, which makes this next Isles read a little odd - players appreciate the unspoken vote of confidence from management. What does that say about Nelson? [NYI Point Blank]
  • The big-big news yesterday was the official announcement of the seven-year deal between the NHL/PA and adidas in jerseys. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Outdoor games are common to the point they're almost overdone (though not all markets have experienced them yet. That being said, the Ottawa Senators are candidates to host an outdoor game in 2017. [The 6th Sens]
  • Situational stats, the Next Big Thing in hockey analytics. [Faceoff Circle]
  • The five greatest teams in Canada Cup/World Cup of Hockey history? That's impended by era and knowing these are not all-talent competitions... Well, here's the assessment anyway. [ESPN]
  • Seems like a timely article now that I see the NHL is taking shots at the IOC with rumors of competing competition to the Winter Olympics. [Pensburgh]
  • This doesn't seem as absurd as it's presented... In fact, some who see it might think it's perfectly reasonable: Get blown out during a game, have a beer. [CBS Sports]
  • Ryan Hollweg: Forward drafted in 2001 by the New York Rangers, journeyman, and Czech League player; cover artists - and pretty darn good at it. [Entertainment Weekly]