Islanders Rumors & News

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Islanders’ all-important John Tavares line coming into focus

    New York Post "How to create an effective top line, and how to supplement it with secondary scoring, is one of the biggest questions that lies before Islanders coach Jack Capuano as this preseason schedule nears an end. Because Capuano has a two-time Hart Trophy finalist, John Tavares, in his charge, it’s..." September 29

  • Islanders debut shrill goal horn to rather frosty reception

    CBS Sports "Who doesn't love the sounds of hockey? Skate blades in ice, the crunch of the boards, the clap of a stick on the puck, the gentle thud off the goalie's pads and the goal horn. Oh, the goal horn. That's as good as it gets. Well the New York Islanders as you undoubtedly know by now moved to the..." September 29

  • Islanders Loan 10 to Bridgeport "The New York Islanders have loaned 10 players to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. The Islanders training camp roster currently stands at 30 players, including 19 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies." September 27

  • Islanders reduce camp roster by 23, release Carkner from PTO

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders reduced their training camp roster by 23 players on Saturday and 34-year-old defenseman Matt Carkner found himself released from his PTO as part of those cuts. This is the latest chapter in Carkner’s unusual career path. After playing in a single game with San Jose at the..." September 27

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva


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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva


  • How Islanders’ Kyle Okposo is approaching his contract season

    New York Post "Kyle Okposo smiled and shook his head, knowing this isn’t the last time he’s going to be asked the question. “I’m not talking contracts,” he told The Post in a quiet moment on Thursday at the Islanders’ practice facility in Syosset, L.I. “That’s not going to be a distraction this year. I’m not..." September 25

  • Islanders name McPhee special adviser to GM "The New York Islanders announced today that George McPhee has been named Special Adviser to General Manager Garth Snow. "George brings a tremendous amount of experience and insight to our front office," Snow said. "His ability to evaluate players along with his managerial skills, are an asset..." September 23

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Joshua Ho-Sang calls demotion to Ontario League 'embarrassing'

    Newsday "Not setting an alarm clock is what came between Joshua Ho-Sang and a chance of making the Islanders' roster, the 19-year-old prospect said after his Ontario League team's 2-1 preseason loss Saturday night. Ho-Sang, a day after Islanders general manager Garth Snow sent him back down to the OHL..." September 22

  • Isles will start to sort out their lines

    Newsday "Islanders players who have experienced the past few Jack Capuano training camps know not to read too much into the line combinations and defense pairings at the start. The time to notice is when the games begin -- and that's Monday. Capuano hinted that the alignments he had all weekend during..." September 21

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    Christian Arnold @CA_NYHockey

    #Isles Capuano was asked about Ho-Sang situation. Said: "The situation that took place for me was unacceptable."

  • Islanders sign defenseman Marek Zidlicky to 1-year deal worth $1.5M

    ESPN "The Islanders signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a one-year contract Friday. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but a source told's Pierre LeBrun that it is worth $1.5 million in base salary plus potentially more in bonuses. Zidlicky, 38, had seven goals and 27 assists..." September 19

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    Joshua Ho-Sang was late for the first day of #Isles training camp. He's been sent back to Niagara of the OHL. Camp over for him.

  • Islanders trade Grabner to Maple Leafs for five players "The New York Islanders on Thursday traded forward Michael Grabner to the Toronto Maple Leafs for five players. Going to the Islanders are forwards Carter Verhaeghe and Taylor Beck, defensemen Tom Nilsson and Matthew Finn, and goaltender Christopher Gibson. Grabner, 27, was limited to 34..." September 17

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Nelson, Islanders agree to three-year contract "Forward Brock Nelson and the New York Islanders agreed to a three-year contract, the team said Wednesday. Newsday reported the contract is worth $7.5 million. Nelson, 23, who became a restricted free agent July 1, had NHL career highs of 20 goals and 42 points in 82 games for the Islanders last..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

  • Brock Nelson's agent says he hasn't heard from Islanders in six weeks

    Newsday "The clock is ticking for the Islanders and restricted free agent Brock Nelson, who is still without a contract as Thursday's start of training camp looms. With that kind of pressure, there should be some negotiating between the two camps, but Nelson's agent, Ron Salcer, said that is far from..." September 15

  • Okposo uncertain about future with Islanders "Kyle Okposo is set to enter his ninth season with the New York Islanders, one that also marks the final season of his five-year, $14 million contract. With no new contract on the horizon, Okposo has been forced to wonder whether this will be his final season with the Islanders. "It's pretty..." September 15

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • Barzal, Islanders agree on entry-level contract "The New York Islanders and Mathew Barzal have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract. Selected in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2015 National Hockey League Draft, Barzal scored 57 points (12 goals, 45 assists) in 44 games last season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the..." September 10

  • Isles invite Bernier to training camp

    NBC Sports "One of the best seasons of Steve Bernier’s 10-year career has netted him… a training camp tryout. On Wednesday, Newsday reported the Isles were bringing Bernier to their training camp on a PTO. The invite comes after the 30-year-old matched career highs in goals (16) and points (32) with the..." September 09

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • Islanders prospect Pilon ‘lost passion to play,’ leaves Wheat Kings

    Sportsnet "Defenceman Ryan Pilon has left the Brandon Wheat Kings for personal reason, the team announced Friday. Pilon was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL draft. “Ryan came to me this week and told me that at this time he has lost his passion to play hockey and..." September 05

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • 3 potential landing spots for Patrick Kane

    The Score "When the Chicago Blackhawks skated off the ice with their third Stanley Cup in six years back in June, it seemed unthinkable that Patrick Kane's name would come up in trade speculation ahead of training camp. Yet, amid an ongoing police investigation revolving around an alleged sexual assault,..." September 02

  • Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour passes away at 82

    TSN "Hockey Hall of Famer and four-time Stanley Cup winning coach Al Arbour has died at the age of 82. Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Arbour made his NHL debut in 1953 with the Detroit Red Wings and went on to compete in 653 NHL games over the course of 16 seasons in the league, also playing for the..." August 29

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    Eric Boulton agrees to tryout with #Isles. Between him and Matt Carkner, BPT could be an interesting place this season.

  • Hockey legend Mike Bossy reunited with famed puck after 30 years

    New York Post "New York Islanders legend Mike Bossy has recovered a key piece of memorabilia thanks to a Las Vegas high roller. The puck Bossy slapped into the net at Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 24, 1981, to reach his milestone 50th goal in 50 games was put up for auction in May. Bossy’s young daughter had..." August 24

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Tyler Kennedy skates with former teammates, hopes to catch on with a team

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "As an unrestricted free agent, winger Tyler Kennedy could have skated in plenty of places to make sure he's ready for the season. He's from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and played junior hockey there. He started last season with the San Jose Sharks and finished with the New York Islanders. But..." August 19

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Islanders Re-Sign RFA Kevin Poulin

    The Hockey Writers "The New York Islanders have made a depth signing, locking up goaltender Kevin Poulin to a one-year, two-way contract, according to Newday’s Arthur Staple. Staple reports that the terms of the contract are the same that Poulin played under last year, $600,000 at the NHL level and $275,000 in the..." August 12

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    #Isles and UFA D Marek Zidlicky have been discussing a contract past few weeks. Nothing decided on either side, but interest is there.

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • Nassau Coliseum is a dump, but it’s our dump, and it’s hard to say goodbye

    New York Post "If you’ve been to enough of these, you know what to expect once the lights go on, once the last encore is done and the roadies take the stage to pack it up and tear it down: Half the arena is already climbing up stairs, sprinting for exits (though they’ll deny it to their friends), hoping to win..." August 06

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

  • Nassau agrees to $3.55 million settlement with Islanders, SMG for back payment

    Newsday "The New York Islanders and SMG, their lease partner at the Nassau Coliseum, have reached an agreement to pay the county $3.55 million in unpaid rent, utilities, parking, concessions and revenue payments for the Uniondale arena, county officials said Friday. The deal, which came on the final day..." August 02

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25