Islanders Rumors & News

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Tavares still processing departures of Okposo, Nielsen

    Newsday "Islanders captain John Tavares knows how much his team has changed this summer. Although longtime teammates and friends Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin departed in free agency July 1 and Tavares knew long before then that there was a chance all three could leave, it’s still hard for him..." August 21

  • Vesey's met with all teams on his list, will discuss options Thursday

    The Score "The clock is ticking, Jimmy. As the hockey world patiently awaits what will prove to be a very drawn-out decision by Jimmy Vesey, ESPN's Joe McDonald reports that the 23-year-old Harvard product has met with all the teams on his short list." August 18

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • Leafs, Devils, Pens, Isles Get First Jimmy Vesey Meetings, Columbus in Mix

    The Hockey Writers "At 12:01am Tuesday, Harvard standout Jimmy Vesey (along with a handful of other former collegiate skaters) became a free agent. While Vesey isn’t going to change a team’s fortunes, he’s a talented player who can improve a forward group. Importantly, acquiring the 23-year-old won’t cost anything..." August 16

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • John Tavares has no desire to leave Islanders when contract is up

    Newsday "John Tavares saw three close friends scatter for new NHL homes on July 1, but the Islanders’ captain has no thoughts of following suit when his contract is up after the 2017-18 season. “I don’t really have any reason to leave and I think we have a great makeup and a team that can do something..." August 16

  • Brendan Burke to replace Howie Rose as Islanders play-by-play announcer

    Newsday "MSG Networks plans to announce Thursday that Brendan Burke will succeed Howie Rose as the Islanders’ primary television play-by-play man, working alongside analyst Butch Goring. Burke, 32, most recently was the radio play-by-play man for the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. He..." August 11

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Nassau County hoping to lure Islanders back the Coliseum

    The Hockey News "There continues to be talk about the potential for the New York Islanders to leave the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and find a new home in or around New York City, with some speculating a potential move to Queens. However, the Islanders’ former home would reportedly gladly welcome the team..." August 09

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Tavares: 'Would not count on' me joining Maple Leafs

    The Score "First, it was Steven Stamkos spurning the Toronto Maple Leafs to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now, another superstar forward says he isn't planning to play for his hometown team. John Tavares put any lingering doubts about his future to rest and dashed the hopes of Maple Leafs fans in an..." July 27

  • Islanders bring back forward Eric Boulton on 1-year deal

    Lighthouse Hockey "An annual rite around here is to guess (and then share) when another one-year deal for Eric Boulton will be announced and exactly what role with the New York Islanders it will entail. If you had "July 22, as a Bridgeport and general locker room sage," you may collect your eternal winnings at..." July 23

  • Islanders eye Belmont Park as site for possible new arena, sources say

    Newsday "The New York Islanders are in discussions with state officials about building a new hockey arena at Belmont Park in Elmont, a move that would bring the team back to Nassau after they left to play in Brooklyn last year, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. The sources confirmed..." July 23

  • Former Islander Matt Donovan signs with Frolunda

    Pro Hockey Talk "Former Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan is leaving the NHL. He signed a one-year contract with the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish League. Donovan was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Islanders. He played 67 games with New York between 2011-12 and 2014-15, but was..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • NHL’s Islanders Are Considering a Move to Queens With Mets Help

    Bloomberg "The New York Islanders are in talks with the owners of baseball’s New York Mets about building a hockey arena adjacent to Citi Field in Queens, people with knowledge of the discussions said. Willets Point is emerging as a persuasive alternative to the team’s current home at Brooklyn’s Barclays..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Islanders co-owner: Tavares won't be a free agent in 2018

    The Score "Unlike Steven Stamkos in Tampa, there will be no suspense when it comes to whether John Tavares will re-sign with the New York Islanders. This according to new co-owner Jon Ledecky, who maintains the franchise center and team captain is "not going to be a free agent" when his contract with the..." July 18

  • Islanders’ new owners willing to spend more for free agents

    Newsday "The first sign that things had changed with the Islanders did not come this past week, when new majority co-owner Jon Ledecky spoke boldly and loudly about making sure the team has every resource available to improve. No, it came in the opening minutes of free agency on July 1, the day that..." July 17

  • Quine Agrees To Two-Year Deal

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders announced today that Alan Quine has agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Quine, 23, made his NHL debut last season with the Islanders, appearing in the club’s final two regular-season games and all 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Belleville, ON, native scored six points..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Isles Re-Sign Scott Mayfield To Two-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to this tweet from Arthur Staple of Newsday, the New York Islanders have re-signed RFA defenseman Scott Mayfield to a two-year, one-way deal. The contract comes with a guaranteed AAV of $650K per season. With Mayfield on board, the Isles would now seem to have a bit of a logjam at the..." July 12

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Parenteau’s return to Islanders: predictable and sensible

    Pro Hockey Talk "New York Islanders GM Garth Snow has impressed over the years by finding gems and great value, yet this off-season has been … divisive. Essentially trading Kyle Okposo for Andrew Ladd and losing Frans Nielsen leaves the team in an odd place, but signing P.A. Parenteau for cheap stands as..." July 10

  • Lightning sign Mike Halmo to two-way deal

    Sportsnet " The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Mike Halmo to a one-year, two-way contract. Halmo had spent his entire professional career with the New York Islanders organization after signing with them as an undrafted free agent in 2012." July 09

  • Matt Carkner calls it quits

    Lighthouse Hockey "Matt Carkner officially retires, per his Facebook page. Michael Fornabaio says Carkner will remain with the Sound Tigers in some capacity. Congrats on a long career, dude." July 08

  • Kyle Okposo sees similarities between Jack Eichel and John Tavares

    Buffalo News "Kyle Okposo was entering his third NHL season when "The Next One" arrived. John Tavares had unlimited potential, and New York Islanders fans were ready to watch. Okposo rode shotgun as Tavares grew from heralded prospect to rookie phenom to All-Star center to Hart Trophy finalist. Along the..." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Islanders re-sign G Jean-Francois Berube to one-year contract

    Lighthouse Hockey "Goalie Jean-Francois Berube and the Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year one-way contract just ahead of any sort of arbitration haggle. In addition to avoiding arbitration, the contract leaves Berube as an RFA next season, too, per General Fanager. Berube was picked up off waivers..." July 05

  • Depth winger Taylor Beck signs with Edmonton Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "Some news from the Edmonton Oilers on a slow-ish Sunday, as the club announced the signing of a free agent forward with borderline big-league pedigree." July 04

  • Andrew Ladd hopes to get Islanders to 'next level'

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders on Friday brought in two veterans they hope will get them to the next level while allowing three of their longest-tenured players to leave in free agency. On the opening day of free agency, the Islanders agreed in principle on a seven-year contract with former Chicago..." July 02

  • Islanders sign Shane Prince for two more years

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders re-signed RFA Shane Prince to a two-year deal, the club announced Friday. The deal is worth a reported $1.7 million, and carries a cap hit of $850,000. " July 02

  • Chance to win Stanley Cup sold Okposo on Sabres

    The Score "Kyle Okposo wants to win a Stanley Cup. He believes he can do it with the Buffalo Sabres. Okposo left the New York Islanders on Friday, signing a seven-year deal with Buffalo reportedly worth $42 million. "What sold me was the chance to win a Stanley Cup," Okposo said, according to the Times..." July 02

  • Islanders sign Parenteau to 1-year deal

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders have signed free agent forward P.A. Parenteau to a one-year, $1.25-million contract. Parenteau spent the 2015-16 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, leading the team with 20 goals." July 02

  • Toronto Maple Leafs sign Matt Martin to FOUR year contract

    Pension Plan Puppets "Hours into free agency and Maple Leafs fans waited to see if the new regime would continue their slow and patient rebuild or jump in with both feet. Backes to Boston, Radulov to Montreal, Hamhuis to Dallas, Staal to Miinnesota. These deals calmed our nerves a bit. Then they were..." July 01

  • Andrew Ladd signs with Islanders on massive seven year deal

    SB Nation "The Andrew Ladd experiment is officially over in Chicago, as the left winger has signed with the New York Islanders on a seven-year deal. Ladd was brought to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline to bolster Chicago’s scoring touch. Even though the few months in Chicago did not work out, Ladd has..." July 01

  • Kyle Okposo Signs 7-Year Contract with Sabres

    The Hockey Writers "Kyle Okposo looks to have found his home for the foreseeable future, as he will reportedly join the Buffalo Sabres. Okposo was arguably the best forward available this summer, with names like Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson in the mix as well. The 28-year old right-wing has been very productive,..." July 01

  • Detroit Red Wings sign Frans Nielsen

    Winging It In Motown "The Detroit Red Wings have signed center Frans Nielsen to a six year deal, at $5.25 million AAV. The 32 year old, 6'1" Dane has played his entire 10 season career with the New York Islanders, scoring 119 goals and adding 230 assists in 606 games. As I noted in my free agent profile of him,..." July 01

  • Jason Chimera joins New York Islanders

    Today's Slapshot "Veteran forward Jason Chimera was a name that the Washington Capitals may have been hoping to keep in their system this offseason – but as free agency kicked off on Friday morning, that proved not to be the case. Chimera has officially inked a two year deal with the New York Islanders, starting..." July 01

  • Panthers out of Okposo sweepstakes

    The Score "The Florida Panthers are hoping to add a scoring forward this offseason, but it appears they've already lost out on one of the best free agents available. The team is reportedly out of the running to sign the soon-to-be-former New York Islanders winger, sources told George Richards of the Miami..." July 01

  • Martin prepared to leave Islanders as free agent

    NHL.com "If left wing Matt Martin leaves the New York Islanders, he'll take with him only positive memories of the only professional organization he has known. "It's different. It's never happened to me before," Martin said Wednesday, two days before he can become an unrestricted free agent. "It's a..." June 30

  • Islanders hosting Andrew Ladd

    The Score "The New York Islanders are hosting pending free-agent forward Andrew Ladd, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. Ladd has made it clear he wants to play for a contender, and with Kyle Okposo set to hit the market, Isles' general manger Garth Snow could be looking at a suitable replacement. " June 30

  • As the NHL goes loco, Wild in on Kyle Okposo, Eric Staal, among others

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If you took a late lunch today, went to the gym or dropped your phone in the toilet, you missed, "NHL GM's Go Wild." In back-to-back-to-back moves, the Edmonton Oilers traded Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson in a one-for-one move, the Nashville Predators and..." June 30

  • Wings hold strong interest in UFA Matt Martin

    HockeyBuzz "The Detroit Red Wings are among the many teams interested in New York Islanders left winger Matt Martin, who will hit unrestricted free agency on Friday, but even though he grew up across the river from Detroit in Windsor, Ont. and began life as a fan of the Wings, Martin eventually lost interest..." June 29