Islanders Rumors & News

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Report: Blues, Wings, others interested in Okposo

    Puck Drunk Love "It was reported earlier this month that “all indications” point to Kyle Okposo becoming a free agent on July 1st. That still appears to be the case and a line of teams have reportedly expressed an interest in Okposo now that it’s clear he won’t be returning to the Islanders. The Jets, Blues,..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Okposo '100 percent gone' from Islanders

    Newsday "Things have been quiet around the Islanders this week, but that could change when Garth Snow and the rest of the team’s front office get to the First Niagara Center on Friday for the opening round of the NHL Draft. While Snow made his way from Las Vegas, site of the Board of Governors meeting..." June 24

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Islanders GM, Nielsen’s agent talking long-term deal

    Newsday "A pivotal block of time begins on Monday for the Islanders and general manager Garth Snow, who head into next weekend’s NHL draft and the following week’s free agency period with many questions about where the team is headed. The Isles own the 19th pick in Friday’s first round in Buffalo, but..." June 19

  • Islanders wish Kyle Okposo the best, expected to hit free agency

    Today's Slapshot "The New York Islanders have seen forward Kyle Okposo serve as one of their most valuable top six forwards throughout his career with the Metropolitan Division club – but now, it’s expected he’ll be heading elsewhere once free agency hits. Islanders general manager Garth Snow went on Sirius XM..." June 17

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • Agent: All signs point to Kyle Okposo hitting free agency

    The Score "Kyle Okposo's agent is preparing to receive offers for the coveted winger. Pat Brisson, who represents the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, confirmed to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN that he recently spoke to the New York Islanders about a new deal, but it appears as though general manager Garth..." June 14

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Sound Tigers Captain Ben Holmstrom Re-Signs with Islanders

    Lighthouse Hockey "The news (and fan debate) of the Casey Cizikas five-year extension takes the headlines, but the New York Islanders also announced the re-signing of Bridgeport Sound Tigers captain Ben Holmstrom to another one-year, two-way contract. Holmstrom, 29, appeared in all 76 regular season games and..." June 03

  • Cizikas Agrees To Five-Year Deal

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders announced today that Casey Cizikas has agreed to terms on a five-year contract. Cizikas’ new deal extends through the 2020-21 season. Cizikas, 25, scored 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in 80 games last season during his fifth year with the Islanders. The Toronto, ON,..." June 02

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • Report: No contract talks between Islanders, Okposo

    The Score "Kyle Okposo appears destined to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. With his contract set to expire at the end of June, there have been no talks between the winger's agent and the New York Islanders in regards to a new deal, reports Arthur Staple of Newsday. Okposo, 28, is..." June 01

  • 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

  • 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

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