Islanders Rumors & News

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Barzal, Boeser, Keller are 2018 Calder Trophy finalists

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks, and Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes have been named as the three finalists for the 2018 Calder Trophy. The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association and given “to the player selected as the..." April 22

  • Gary Bettman on Islanders’ Belmont arena: Everything is on track

    Newsday "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman expects the Islanders to break ground on their new arena at Belmont Park on schedule in early 2019. “Based on everything I know, based on everything I’ve been told, we expect that arena to be coming out of the ground sometime in the next nine..." April 22

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Islanders owner: I’ll pay up to keep new arena on track

    New York Post "Despite there not being a shovel in the ground just yet, Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky said Monday that everything was on schedule for the building of the team’s new arena at Belmont Park. Ledecky said the proposed date to move in for the start of the 2021-22 season is still set, while the..." April 10

  • The Islanders question John Tavares must answer in free agency

    New York Post "There was nothing about Monday’s breakup day press conference that gave the impression anything in or around the Islanders is changing. It was the same defeated rhetoric that has been spewed year after disappointing year. As much as Jon Ledecky said that his ownership group “failed” the fan..." April 10

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • John Tavares has another Isles teammate trying to lure him back

    New York Post "Of all the things John Tavares has to consider when deciding if he is going to return to the Islanders or sign somewhere else as an unrestricted free agent this summer, one big reason to stay might be the prospect of continuing to play alongside one of the best power forwards in the..." April 09

  • Islanders likely to stick with GM Garth Snow, coach Doug Weight

    Newsday "Whether John Tavares will return to the Islanders might not be known at least until the free-agent market opens on July 1. But the fate of general manager Garth Snow and coach Doug Weight should be known by Monday. Those two, as well as co-owner Jon Ledecky, are scheduled to address the media..." April 09

  • David Quenneville signs with Islanders

    Yardbarker "According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the New York Islanders have signed prospect David Quenneville to a three-year entry-level contract. Quenneville’s junior season came to an end recently when Medicine Hat was knocked out by Brandon, despite his eight points in the series. Selected in..." April 06

  • New York Islanders Sign Yannick Rathgeb To Two-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders have dipped into the European free agent market, signing Yannick Rathgeb to a two-year two-way contract. Though no financial terms have been released, Rathgeb will be subject to normal entry-level contract rules given his age. A Swiss-born defenseman, Rathgeb already has..." April 06

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • John Tavares before Islanders' final home game: 'I hope it all works out, too'

    Sporting News "As another Islanders season ends in a thud without a playoff berth, familiar questions about what the future holds for John Tavares, the captain and face of the franchise, are amplified by his looming free agency. And with two games remaining, it's crunch time for a new contract. Thursday could..." April 04

  • Isles' Pulock, Eberle to play in WHC

    TSN "It appears the New York Islanders will be well represented on Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, Islanders defenceman Ryan Pulock and forward Jordan Eberle have accepted invitations to play for Canada. Islanders rookie Matt..." April 04

  • Tavares asked how he deals with social media: 'I deleted Twitter from my phone'

    The Score "John Tavares appears to have taken a step toward tuning out the noise. The New York Islanders captain made an interesting revelation to's Brian Compton on Wednesday. It's been a tough season for the Islanders' franchise player on a couple of fronts, with the team's underperformance..." April 04

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Islanders’ Tavares considering playing at world championships

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders won’t be making an appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second year in a row, but team captain John Tavares could still see game action in May. Sean Burke and Martin Brodeur were recently named co-GMs of Team Canada for the upcoming 2018 IIHF World Championship..." April 01

  • Bailey (upper-body) to miss game vs. Leafs

    TSN "The New York Islanders will be without forward Josh Bailey Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Head coach Doug Weight said Bailey will miss the game with an upper-body injury, something he's been dealing with for a week or so. "He came to us about a week ago or two weeks ago having some..." March 30

  • Islanders coach Doug Weight discusses Josh Ho-Sang’s comments

    Sportsnet "Forward Joshua Ho-Sang was in the news earlier this week after voicing his frustration about his lack of late-season call-ups for the New York Islanders. “I love those guys, I want to make that clear,” Ho-Sang told The Athletic’s Arthur Staple (subscription required). “I know they’re working..." March 30

  • Tavares unsure about playing at World Championships as free agency looms

    Newsday "John Tavares has a contract situation he must consider but also a country he’d like to represent if asked. So, deciding whether to play for Team Canada in the upcoming World Championships May 4-20 in Denmark is more complicated than a simple yes or no for the impending unrestricted free agent...." March 29

  • Josh Ho-Sang vents all his Islanders frustration

    New York Post "Josh Ho-Sang has been buried at AHL Bridgeport for most of the season, while the Islanders have floundered out of playoff contention. But the polarizing winger hasn’t been shy about voicing his frustrations with the whole ordeal. “I love those guys [the Islanders], I want to make that..." March 29

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • New York Islanders Sign Otto Koivula To Three-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders have added another intriguing young forward prospect, signing Otto Koivula to a three-year entry-level contract. The 19-year old forward recently finished his second full season in the Finnish Liiga, and could now potentially come over to spend some time on North American..." March 21

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • John Tavares focused on finishing season, not future with Islanders

    Newsday "Plenty of people have spent plenty of time this season speculating about John Tavares’ future. The Islanders captain is not one of them. “Not really,” Tavares said on Tuesday. “I haven’t thought about my situation maybe as much as I thought I would.” Tavares, 27, is completing a six-year,..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Goalie interference expected to be a hot topic at NHL GM meetings

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders‘ hopes of clinching a playoff berth have been steadily declining since the NHL Trade Deadline. At that time, general manager Garth Snow was clear about his deadline intentions, stating that his captain, pending UFA John Tavares, wasn’t going anywhere. He was also adamant..." March 18

  • John Tavares will move to wing in Doug Weight’s experiment

    Newsday "The Islanders are not blind to the obvious. They are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but their season will end on April 7. “I think the realistic part of it is, obviously, the odds are stacked against us,” said captain John Tavares, perhaps playing his last three weeks with..." March 17

  • Tavares, Islanders Could Work Out Sign-And-Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "A “sign-and-trade” scenario, in which a player signs with his current team or another only for the purposes of being traded to a different team, is uncommon in the NHL. It most frequently seen in the NBA, where such deals often offer the teams making the deal some salary cap loophole or benefit...." March 16

  • Islanders sign Scott Eansor to two-year contract

    Yardbarker "Hard work continues to pay off for Scott Eansor, who has earned his first contract with the New York Islanders after a strong season in the AHL. The team announced today a two-year, two-way contract with Eansor, though financial details were not released. Because of his age (22), this is the..." March 15

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Isles using travel time to figure out 'frustrating' losing streak

    SNY TV "With a day off on Tuesday, the Islanders had time to reflect on their recent seven-game skid. And it wasn't pleasant. Monday was another instance of New York getting ahead early just to lose the lead and the game later on. The Canuck, who own a 25-32-9 record after the win, should have been..." March 07

  • The Islanders are ‘f—ing’ tired of this

    New York Post "Doug Weight has lost it. The Islanders coach fumed following his team’s 4-3 loss to the Canucks Monday night, in which the Islanders lost their seventh straight game by way of Brendan Leipsic’s second goal of the game at 2:47 in overtime. “It’s f–king getting old,” Weight said, according to..." March 06

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • From billboards to scoreboards, Islanders look dismal

    Pro Hockey Talk "With two first and two second-rounders for the upcoming draft in hand, New York Islanders GM Garth Snow decided not to make a big gamble during what will either be the final trade deadline of John Tavares‘ current, bargain contract … or the final trade deadline of the Tavares era. Ultimately,..." March 01

  • John Tavares says he hasn’t ruled out re-signing during season

    Newsday "John Tavares has not ruled out re-signing with the Islanders before the season ends, the captain said Monday at Northwell Health Ice Center. He added that his decision to remain will not hinge on the team making the playoffs. The Islanders made good on their word not to deal Tavares, a pending..." February 27

  • Ducks acquire veteran Chimera from Islanders for Wagner

    TSN "The Anaheim Ducks have acquired veteran forward Jason Chimera from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Chris Wagner. Chimera, a 17-year NHL veteran, has two goals and nine assists in 58 games this season." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Oilers trade Brandon Davidson to Islanders for draft pick

    CBS Sports "The Islanders acquired Davidson from the Oilers in exchange for a 2019 third-round draft pick Saturday. Perhaps no one will be more excited about this news than the goalies in Brooklyn. The Islanders are averaging more shots per game (3.56) than any other club this season, but the addition of..." February 24

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • Josh Bailey uses career season to cash in with $30 million extension

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders announced on Friday that they’ve extended one of their most productive forwards. No, not John Tavares, but rather one of his wingers, Josh Bailey, who inked a six-year deal to stay with the only NHL organization he’s known. “Josh has become one of the core members of..." February 23

  • Islanders, Bailey closing in on multi-year deal

    TSN "The New York Islanders and pending unrestricted free-agent Josh Bailey are closing in on a multi-year contract extension, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. The details of the deal are still being finalized, but it is likely to carry an average annual value of around $5 million with..." February 22

  • Halak one of the main reasons Isles remain in playoff chase

    SNY TV "When the Islanders allowed 32 shots on net during Monday's matinee against the Wild, one must have thought this was nothing short of a minor miracle. Especially after yielding 95 chances over the previous two games, this one felt like a cakewalk. But in what feels like a recurring theme, the..." February 22

  • Facing free agency, Tavares will stick-handle gracefully around Toronto media

    SNY TV "The biggest drama surrounding the Islanders' visit to Toronto on Thursday may not be the game itself, but those five minutes when John Tavares faces another round of interrogation from the largest and peskiest press corps in the NHL. Tavares will handle the Toronto media like the gentleman he..." February 21

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Islanders' Lee defends GM following 'Snow must go' campaign

    Sporting News "Each year, Islanders forward Anders Lee hosts a Kan Jam tournament to raise money for pediatric cancer. A bunch of teammates and players from around the NHL show up to throw a frisbee all afternoon and interact with fans for a good cause. This year's goal is to raise $100,000 through the event,..." February 15