Islanders Rumors & News

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • John Tavares’ pending free agency needs more drama

    NBC Bay Area "In case you haven’t heard, New York Islanders captain John Tavares could become an unrestricted free agent next summer. It’s only the biggest national storyline this season. The longer Tavares remains unsigned, and the closer we get to the trade deadline, speculation about the center will only..." October 16

  • Islanders will remain at Barclays Center through at least 2018-19

    CBS New York "There’s a lot of uncertainty about the Islanders’ future, but at least we now know where they’ll call home during the 2018-19 season. Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky told reporters Tuesday that the team will continue to play at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center while it seeks a new long-term home,..." October 11

  • Islanders’ Tavares comfortable with mates Lee and Eberle

    Newsday "Doug Weight didn’t exactly cause a stir when he casually mentioned Thursday that he’s likely going to start Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle with John Tavares when the puck drops in Columbus on Friday. That line has been together since day one of training camp, after all. Unlike in recent seasons,..." September 30

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • Barzal doing everything right to make Islanders lineup

    Sporting News "Islanders head coach Doug Weight stood at the podium to address the media after his team’s preseason win over the New Jersey Devils Monday night and gave a straightforward response on whether rookie Mathew Barzal has done enough, at this point in training camp, to earn a spot on the opening-night..." September 26

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • Islanders sign 2016 first-round pick Bellows to entry-level deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders made a few roster moves Friday. That included sending 2016 first-round pick Kieffer Bellows back to the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League. Shortly after that, it was announced that Bellows and the Islanders agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level..." September 22

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Jordan Eberle starting to settle in with Islanders

    Sporting News "When Jordan Eberle arrived on Long Island, the scenery wasn’t anything that he had imagined. Four months since his trade to the Islanders, the 29-year-old is beginning to settle into his new environment. “My impression isn’t really what I expected,” Eberle said. “You get traded to New York..." September 15

  • John Tavares willing to negotiate contract during season

    Sportsnet "John Tavares is the pending unrestricted free agent to watch this season. Since Steven Stamkos signed just before he would have tested the market in 2016, the soon-to-be 27-year-old Tavares has the potential to become the best UFA of the salary cap era. The first day of training camp brought..." September 14

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • John Tavares: 'I just try to control what I control' in contract uncertainty with Islanders

    Sporting News "John Tavares isn’t letting talk of his ongoing contract situation or rumors of leaving New York get in his head when the Islanders open up their season next month. Tavares is sticking to what he does best and putting the rest of the drama in the back of his mind. “I’m a hockey player so I..." September 13

  • Islanders expect Alan Quine to miss 4-6 weeks

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders announced that forward Alan Quine is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury. (You might say that their injury descriptions are already in regular-season form.) The Isles didn’t specify how Quine was hurt, but this puts his timetable somewhere..." September 12

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t see Nassau Coliseum as option for Islanders

    Newsday "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said his “gut reaction” is that the renovated Nassau Coliseum is not a realistic option for the Islanders, even on a temporary basis. “I don’t view the Nassau Coliseum as a viable option,” Bettman said Friday at a news conference at Citi Field to announce the..." September 08

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Tavares calm, composed without extension from Islanders

    NHL.com "New York Islanders captain John Tavares hit the links at Sebonack Golf Club on Wednesday looking the same calm and composed individual he's always been. But Tavares is in the midst of arguably the biggest year of his life. Not only did he get engaged this summer, he's in the final season of a..." September 07

  • Tavares: Contract talks with Isles 'more complicated' than people think

    NHL.com "New York Islanders captain John Tavares hit the links at Sebonack Golf Club on Wednesday looking the same calm and composed individual he's always been. But Tavares is in the midst of arguably the biggest year of his life. Not only did he get engaged this summer, he's in the final season of a..." September 06

  • John Tavares never turned down $84 million from Islanders

    Sportsnet "John Tavares hasn’t turned down an $84-million extension offer from the New York Islanders, according to Athur Staple of Newsday. In fact, the two parties have “barely talked numbers” as Tavares heads into the final year of his contract. The attention given to Tavares this season will be..." August 29

  • Islanders add Terreri as goaltending development coach

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders made a coaching move Wednesday, naming former NHL puckstopper Chris Terreri as a goalie development coach and goalie coach for the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. “Chris has a vast amount of knowledge and experience, both as a player and a coach,” said Islanders general..." August 23

  • Islanders' Ho-Sang favors bigger nets

    Sportsnet "Bright, shiny things await Josh Ho-Sang. After wrapping up Day 1 at BioSteel Camp, rushing up and down the St. Michael’s College ice pad alongside friend Connor McDavid, the New York Islanders’ super rookie is off to take in the solar eclipse with his mom. “She’s really excited about it,”..." August 23

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • John Tavares talks thumb surgery, Doug Weight

    Newsday "A few more items from Newsday’s conversation with John Tavares on Wednesday, plus a note about Islanders 2012 draft pick Doyle Somerby: — Tavares gave some detail on the thumb surgery he had in April. “It’s something I’ve had for a few years,” Tavares said. “I kind of did it, aggravated it..." August 20

  • Islanders’ Eberle and Tavares hoping to rekindle old chemistry

    Sportsnet "Though they lost a few key pieces this summer, the New York Islanders managed to swing one of the most talked-about deals of the off-season, completing a trade that brought them five-time 20-goal scorer Jordan Eberle in late June. That long-rumoured swap was likely music to John Tavares‘ ears,..." August 19

  • John Tavares: What’s going into my patient Islanders decision

    New York Post "John Tavares is considering “everything” before signing a contact extension with the Islanders, and that includes going into this season without a new deal in place. The captain explicitly said so when asked on the phone Wednesday by The Post during a late-summer check in. “Yea, I am,”..." August 18

  • John Tavares isn’t stressed, but Islanders fans should be

    Sportsnet "Curious why your left eye keeps twitching? Why your forehead’s a cold-sweat mess, you can hear your heart pulse like it’s tethered to your Beats by Dre, and you feel an urge to grasp something stable so you don’t faint? The cause of your symptoms is simple and frightening. You are a New..." August 17

  • Islanders’ John Tavares not in a rush to get extension done

    Newsday "John Tavares is not worried about his contract situation. Training camp begins in less than a month, but the Islanders’ captain and star player said the fact that he’s prepared to enter this season, the last under his current deal, without an extension is not causing him to lose any..." August 17

  • Prokhorov pressuring Islanders to play at Nassau Coliseum

    New York Post "Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, looking to protect a $165 million investment in the Nassau Coliseum, is pressuring the New York Islanders to play a significant number of games at the Long Island arena in the 2018-2019 season, The Post has learned. Prokhorov, who owns Brooklyn’s..." August 16

  • Isles' Prince (ankle) out 4-6 months

    TSN "The New York Islanders announced on Monday that forward Shane Prince will be sidelined four to six months after undergoing ankle surgery. Prince, 24, missed the last four games of the regular season with a high ankle sprain. The team notes that Prince felt "increasing discomfort" as his..." August 14

  • Islanders' Lee not concerned with Tavares' contract situation

    NHL.com "New York Islanders captain John Tavares has yet to sign a contract extension and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, but one of his linemates isn't worried about his center going elsewhere. "Johnny's taking his time," left wing Anders Lee told NHL.com on..." August 11

  • Stephen Gionta: Secures one-year, two-way deal

    CBS Sports "Gionta signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Tuesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. The deal is worth $650,000 in the NHL or $225,000 if he's sent to the minors. Gionta inked a one-year AHL deal with Bridgeport, a minor-league affiliate of the Islanders, last October,..." August 08

  • John Tavares says he wants time with Islanders ‘to continue’

    Pro Hockey Talk "For years, John Tavares was the easy answer to the question: “What’s the best bargain NHL contract that isn’t a rookie deal?” After years of enjoying that steal of a deal, the New York Islanders face the threat of losing their crucial star altogether via unrestricted free agency. With that..." August 05

  • De Haan believes Tavares will re-sign with Islanders

    NHL.com "New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan is confident center and captain John Tavares will eventually agree to a long-term contract. Tavares, who has one season left on a six-year, $33 million contract he signed with the Islanders in 2011, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1...." August 03

  • Isles, de Haan avoid arbitration

    TSN "The New York Islanders have avoided arbitration with defenceman Calvin de Haan, reaching a one-year deal with the defenceman. According to multiple reports, the Islanders signed de Haan to a $3.3 million contract before entering their hearing on Wednesday. The team did not disclose terms. He..." August 02

  • John Tavares keen on remaining with Islanders

    TSN "John Tavares isn't tipping his hand on contract discussions with the New York Islanders this summer, but maintains he wants to remain with the only National Hockey League team he's ever played for. "I think I'll just keep that all internal," he told TSN at Connor McDavid's Power Edge Pro camp..." August 01

  • After making NHL debut, Jones re-ups with Isles

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the Isles’ feel-good stories from last season wrote a new chapter on Thursday. Connor Jones, the undrafted 26-year-old that made his NHL debut in April, has signed a one-year, two-way extension, the club announced. Jones certainly earned his way to the show. He spent four years at..." July 27

  • Islanders sign Adam Pelech to a four-year deal, $1.6m AAV

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with defenseman Adam Pelech on a four-year contract. Pelech, 22, scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 44 games last season with the Islanders during his rookie campaign. The Toronto, ON, native added five points (one goal, four assists) in..." July 24

  • Islanders-Tavares standstill: Why it’s not panic time yet

    New York Post "It has been three weeks since John Tavares became eligible to sign a contract extension with the Islanders, and yet he still remains without a long-term commitment to the team. With each passing day, anxiety rises that the superlative captain will leave the only organization he has known. The..." July 21

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Could Tampa Bay Package Johnson, Palat For Tavares?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Don’t be surprised if the Tampa Bay Lightning attempt to flip their recently signed restricted free agents within the next year. At least that’s what the New York Post’s Larry Brooks believes will happen. He writes the long-term signings of Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are likely going to be..." July 16

  • Barzal ready to take next step with Islanders

    NHL.com "Center Mathew Barzal admitted he was in awe during his brief NHL experience with the New York Islanders last season. "Last year, I was maybe a little star-struck sometimes playing against [Nicklas] Backstrom and [Alex] Ovechkin and those guys," Barzal said. "This year, I just want to hopefully..." July 15

  • Analyzing five potential trade destinations for Matt Duchene

    Sportsnet "What are you expecting to get from Matt Duchene if you trade for him? A Calder Trophy finalist in his rookie season, Duchene’s production has been all over the map in his eight-season career. Peaking as nearly a point-per-game player in 2012-13 and 2013-14 (43 points in 47 games and 70 in 71..." July 14

  • Why there’s no John Tavares Islanders contract extension yet

    Newsday "The message has been clear for over a year now, ever since Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky took over majority control of the Islanders: John Tavares is the face of the franchise and everyone, from the owners on down, wants Tavares to be an Islander forever. But with no extension talks currently..." July 05

  • Breaking down the Islanders’ John Tavares dilemma

    New York Post "As July 4th fireworks arrived, a contract extension between John Tavares and the Islanders remained unsigned. It has been three whole days that he could have inked a deal, and in that short time, the panic began to rise inside the fanbase that knows their captain is more than just a cog on the..." July 04