An insider tells us that the long-sought new home for the Islanders may be a lot closer to fruition than folks believe.
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* Steve Stirling has quietly changed the Islanders' culture in a very positive way. His players want to work for him.
*Run-and-gun hockey may appeal to the media but more and more teams are switching to the defense-first game. These include the Rangers, Islanders and Red Wings, among others.
As one team official tells us, "We want to be more like the Devils — a better checking team."
* General consensus among NHL pooh-bahs is that there's not one dominant team. Parity is king.
* Justin Papineau is more and more looking to the Islanders like a latter-day-Nassau-version of Zigmund Palffy.
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