By Brian Stubits
ON AN ISLAND: Aug. 1 will be a monumental day in Islanders history. That's the day residents vote on an arena proposal that will essentially decide the fate of the team on Long Island. Owner Charles Wang has previously said if he doesn't have a new arena for his team to play in by 2015, the Isles will relocate (and rename, I'd hope -- nobody wants another Lakers). But two local and influential groups can't agree on the plan that calls for Nassau County to borrow nearly $400 million, which ends up being about double that after interest. Newsday has the whole story.
WHAT A RIOT: After the Game 7 riots in Vancouver, the police said they were determined to detain and punish the hooligans who took part in the vandalism. Well, they are getting some help. The Vancouver Sun reports that 10 rioters turned themselves in to police this week, bringing the post-riot total to 34 people. Although as of now, none of them has been charged.
RICHER WITH RICHARDS: Previously in the Daily Skate, we shared with you a breakdown of how Brad Richards was a bad fit for the New York Rangers. In the interest of fairness, we now share Blueshirt Banter's opposing view and why Richards fits like a glove on Broadway. It starts with the obvious (past relationship with coach John Tortorella) and goes well beyond.
TAMBEL ON: Jeff Tambellini, who grew up in Vancouver, had a chance to play with the Canucks last season and came within a game of winning the Stanley Cup with the hometown team. But now he has to find a new home ... at least in the hockey sense. Not welcomed back by the Canucks, Tambellini has instead signed a contract with Zurich of the Swiss League.
INTO THE Wild BLUE YONDER: The Colorado Avalanche will return to something they did from 2007-09, playing their annual Burgundy-White game at the Air Force Academy this September (from the Denver Post. It's a great move by the Avs to their local Air Force members (the academy is located in Colorado Springs) as ticket sales benefit military families as well as Colorado youth hockey.