Islanders Rumors & News

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Howie Rose won’t be back in booth next year for Islanders

    New York Post "The Islanders’ first big loss of the offseason came not on the ice but from the broadcast booth. Iconic television play-by-play announcer Howie Rose said he will not be back for the 2016-17 season. Rose told MSG Networks officials of his decision Wednesday, according to a report by Newsday...." May 18

  • Isles’ goalie situation takes another twist with Halak’s sports hernia surgery

    Pro Hockey Talk "Isles netminder Jaroslav Halak, who missed the final three months of the season with a groin ailment, will undergo — or, has already undergone — sports hernia surgery, per Newsday. The procedure is expected to sideline the Slovakian goalie for 6-8 weeks. Barring complications in recovery, it..." May 18

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Collberg clears waivers, so Isles successfully terminated his contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders were able to terminate Sebastian Collberg’s contract as of Saturday. This comes after placing him on unconditional waivers on Friday (he naturally cleared waivers). As this previous PHT post notes, the Islanders thought he had the potential to become a top-six forward..." May 14

  • Isles waive Collberg, acquired in Vanek trade

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders acquired Montreal Canadiens prospect Sebastian Collberg prior to Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline. In addition to the Swedish prospect, the Islanders received a conditional second round pick in the 2014 Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Thomas..." May 13

  • Islanders GM Garth Snow expressed an interest in re-signing Kyle Okposo

    Newsday "Garth Snow offered few specifics on how he plans to improve the Islanders this offseason but said he’ll “leave no stone unturned” in trying to get the team to be a Stanley Cup contender. “I obviously have the same mentality going into this offseason in the 10 years I’ve been here,” Snow said on..." May 13

  • Brock Nelson to join Team USA at World Championships in Russia

    Lighthouse Hockey "The end of an NHL season always brings about the bittersweet sight of players shipping off to some far-flung locale to join their respective national teams at the annual IIHF World Championship tournament. Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss is already on-board for Team Germany, and now his teammate..." May 12

  • Garth Snow wants to keep Islanders coaches

    Newsday "Garth Snow told Newsday that he foresees no changes to his coaching staff nor any front-office changes once Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky take over as majority owners from Charles Wang on July 1. Snow had high praise for Jack Capuano and assistants Doug Weight, Greg Cronin and Bob Corkum, who..." May 11

  • Jaroslav Halak sees writing on wall of Islanders’ goalie excess

    New York Post "Jaroslav Halak was not the Islanders’ goalie for their first ever regular-season game at Barclays Center, he wasn’t their goalie in the postseason and he might not be their goalie at the start of the next season. After getting hurt in training camp, Halak suffered a severe groin injury on March..." May 11

  • Hamonic Rescinds Trade Request

    Islanders Point Blank "According to Newsday’s Arthur Staple, Islander’s defenseman Travis Hamonic has rescinded his trade request and will remain with the Islanders. Hamonic will address reporters later this afternoon, but he has told Islanders general manager Garth Snow that he wants to stay with the Islanders..." May 10

  • Still no contract talks between Isles and potential UFA Okposo

    Pro Hockey Talk "For the first time in his career, Kyle Okposo could hit the open market on July 1. The Islanders still have time to work out a deal with their winger, but as of right now, they’re not even close. On Tuesday morning, Okposo confirmed that the two sides have yet to begin negotiating. If he..." May 10

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Islanders’ Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, Matt Martin now free

    Newsday "With the Islanders’ playoff elimination at the hands of the Lightning, a summer of uncertainty now begins for three free-agent forwards — all of them drafted by the club and two of them alternate captains — who may have played their last game for the Isles: Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt..." May 09

  • Future of Travis Hamonic with New York Islanders in question

    ESPN "Before the start of the 2015-16 season, New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic wanted to be closer to his Winnipeg home for family reasons, so he asked general manager Garth Snow to be traded. The trade never happened, and it’s possible Hamonic has played his last game as an Islander..." May 09

  • Lightning shut out Islanders to win series

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop continues to save his best for the biggest games. And on Sunday, Bishop's best ended the New York Islanders' season. Bishop had 28 saves and recorded his fifth career shutout in the Stanley Cup playoffs as the Lightning earned a 4-0 win..." May 08

  • Tavares ahead of pivatol Game 5: 'It doesn't matter how you get it done'

    NHL.com "The Islanders were the more aggressive team out of the gate in both Games 3 and 4, outshooting the Lightning heavily in the opening period of each game. They were able to get on the board first in each contest, but an inability to pad the lead proved costly. Bearing down on their first period..." May 08

  • Lightning top Isles in OT to take command of series

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning led for less than seven minutes combined in Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Islanders. But a "quality, not quantity" approach to hockey has the Lightning heading home with a chance to close the series out Sunday..." May 06

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Boyle's OT goal lifts Lightning past Islanders

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano were in agreement on one thing Tuesday night: Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Barclays Center was as entertaining as playoff hockey gets. As for how it ended, well, they'll..." May 03

  • King of New York: John Tavares best player on any of the pro teams

    Newsday "John Tavares found himself swarmed around noon Monday by a horde of reporters and camera crews, a sight not ordinarily seen after an off-day practice in Syosset. But these are not ordinary times, not for the Islanders and not for their captain. The scene in the suddenly way-too-small..." May 03

  • Ryan Strome a healthy scratch for Islanders-Lightning Game 3

    Newsday "Ryan Pulock won’t be back for Game 3 on Tuesday night, but Josh Bailey will be, which means Ryan Strome is a healthy scratch again. He was a little frustrated with Jack Capuano’s decision. “I honestly don’t really have much to say,” Strome said after he came off the Barclays Center ice..." May 03

  • Halak practices fully, hoping to be back soon

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jaroslav Halak took a major step in his return from a groin injury on Monday, participating in a full practice with his Islander teammates ahead of tomorrow’s Game 3 against the Lightning. “He’s progressing,” head coach Jack Capuano said, per the Isles’ website. “I don’t know how far or where..." May 02

  • Why numbers don’t tell story of ugly Isles power play

    New York Post "It’s one of the four tenets Islanders coach Jack Capuano always preaches for postseason success. Among luck, health, goaltending and special teams, the latter is the only one he can somewhat control. Though the Islanders did get their second goal on the man-advantage in as many games, the..." May 01

  • Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk bring Stanley Cup experience and intangibles to New York Islanders

    ESPN "Nick Leddy hoisted a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. Johnny Boychuk has his name etched onto the Cup with the Boston Bruins from 2011. Now they're trying to accomplish hockey's ultimate goal as teammates for the New York Islanders. As an organization, this is the first time..." April 30

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Isles take Game 1 in Tampa

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Two months ago, Shane Prince was a rookie in Ottawa, but on Wednesday night, he scored twice for the New York Islanders in the final three minutes of the first period, and New York held on for a 5-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, opening their second-round series Wednesday..." April 27

  • Injured Islanders Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock, Jaroslav Halak head to Tampa

    Newsday "The Islanders’ traveling party to Tampa included every player except Anders Lee (broken leg) and Mikhail Grabovski (concussion), so recently injured regulars Josh Bailey (upper body) and Ryan Pulock (upper body) could be available at some point this week. Even Jaroslav Halak (groin), out since..." April 27

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Islanders place Ryan Pulock on IR, recall James Wright

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders have placed defenceman Ryan Pulock on injured reserve retroactive to April 20 and have recalled forward James Wright from AHL Bridgeport." April 26

  • Islanders move on with 2OT win over Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- It took the New York Islanders just shy of 23 years -- 8,381 days, to be exact — to finally win a postseason series. They'd like to only wait a couple weeks to win another one. Islanders captain John Tavares cemented his status in franchise lore Sunday night, when he scored in..." April 25

  • Isles edge Panthers in double OT on Quine winner

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Two weeks ago, Alan Quine was in the minor leagues. Now he is a New York Islanders hero. Quine scored a game-winning power-play goal with 4:00 left in double overtime as the New York Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night at the BB&T Center, taking..." April 23

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • ‘It’s a big loss’ — Isles pretty sure Pulock’s done for series

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Isles came into their first-round series against Florida having already lost Anders Lee, Jaroslav Halak and Mikhail Grabovski to injury. Now, you can add another one to the list. Talented rookie d-man Ryan Pulock, who had three points through the first four games of the series, is..." April 22

  • Gary Bettman says Barclays Center ice is ‘improving’

    Newsday "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the poor Barclays Center ice conditions that bothered Islanders players late in the regular season has been “improving.” And deputy commissioner Bill Daly said “players were satisfied with the ice quality” during Games 3 and 4 of the Islanders’ first round..." April 22

  • Petrovic powers Panthers past Isles, evens series

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- With a little help from their older teammates, the Florida Panthers' youngsters are adjusting quickly to the rigors of postseason hockey. Now it is time for the fans of south Florida to find out again what happens when a best-of-seven turns into a best-of-three. Alex..." April 21

  • New York Islanders believe in themselves, even if no one else does

    National Post "They play in a place where sports history means Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider and the long-departed Dodgers, not Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy and the new-kids-on-the-block Islanders. They play in a basketball arena where a small chunk of fans can’t see one of the nets. Their home is more like a..." April 20

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • Hickey caps Isles' OT win vs. Florida

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Thomas Hickey's final goal of the regular season ensured the New York Islanders would return to the playoffs for the second straight season. His first career playoff goal put the Islanders another step closer to some place the franchise hasn't been in 23 years. Hickey scored with..." April 18

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Reilly leads Panthers past Isles in Game 2

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- If he keeps this up, Reilly Smith will need to find different ways to celebrate. Smith scored his third goal of the playoffs as the Florida Panthers defeated the New York Islanders 3-1, tying their first-round playoff series 1-1 on Friday night at the BB&T Center...." April 15

  • Hamonic calls Tavares the 'best player in the league'

    The Score "Travis Hamonic may be biased, but he isn't afraid of sharing his opinion. After watching his New York Islanders teammate and captain John Tavares carve up the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of their first-round series, Hamonic was straight and to the point. "Best player in the league," the..." April 15

  • Tavares leads Isles to Game 1 win in Florida

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- The host Florida Panthers' first playoff game in four years might have gone to the home team if not for the first pick in the 2009 draft. Center John Tavares was a force for the New York Islanders, producing two assists and one goal. Tavares set up Kyle Okposo with the..." April 15

  • Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle called up to AHL – is NHL next?

    Sportsnet "After losing 3-1 to the Niagara IceDogs on Wednesday night, the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs were eliminated from the playoffs. As a result, the New York Islanders promoted highly touted prospect Michael Dal Colle to their AHL team in Bridgeport. Dal Colle, selected fifth overall in 2014, scored..." April 15

  • Islanders Sign Toews To Entry-Level Deal

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Devon Toews has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract. Toews, 22, helped lead the Quinnipiac University Bobcats to the National Championship game this season in his third year with the team." April 15

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

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    Brian Compton @BComptonNHL

    Hamonic says he "feels fine" ... up to coaches if he plays Game 1. #Isles

  • Halak ruled out of Islanders' 1st-round series

    The Score "If the New York Islanders are going to advance past the Florida Panthers, they'll have to do so without Jaroslav Halak. Head coach Jack Capuano confirmed Tuesday that Halak won't be available for the Islanders' first-round series, as he's still recovering from a groin injury suffered in March. " April 12