Islanders Rumors & News

  • 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 "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 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 "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 "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 "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

  • Lightning acquire forward Carter Verhaeghe from Islanders for goalie Kristers Gudlevskis "The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Carter Verhaeghe from the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Verhaeghe, 21, skated in 45 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey..." July 01

  • Jean-Francois Berube agrees to two-year contract with Blackhawks "Goalie Jean-Francois Berube agreed to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks on a two-year contract Saturday. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, but TVA Sports reported it is worth $1.5 million, an average annual value of $750,000. Berube, who will turn 26 on July 13, was 3-2-2..." July 01

  • Leafs offered JVR for Hamonic

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs made a concerted effort to land defenceman Travis Hamonic at last week’s NHL Draft, offering a 2018 first-round pick and winger James van Riemsdyk to the New York Islanders, according to a report from Arthur Staple of Newsday. Hamonic would eventually be dealt to Calgary..." June 27

  • Snow open to trading picks, prospects to improve roster now

    Pro Hockey Talk "Garth Snow may not be done dealing. After trading defenseman Travis Hamonic to Calgary, the New York Islanders’ general manager said the return from the Flames could be used as “currency” to bolster the roster. The Isles received a first-round pick in 2018 and a second-round pick in 2018,..." June 24

  • Flames acquire defenceman Travis Hamonic from Islanders

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames have acquired defenceman Travis Hamonic from the New York Islanders, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Hamonic, 26, is earning $3.857 million against the salary cap for the next three seasons before becoming UFA eligible. In November of 2015, Hamonic requested to be..." June 24

  • Ryan Strome happy to be joining surging Oilers

    Edmonton Sun "Just about every player who has ever been traded to the Edmonton Oilers has gone on and on about how excited he was to be coming to a young, fast and exciting team. And for a good 10 years there, during one losing season after another, most of them were lying. But as the Oilers embark on a..." June 23

  • Dealing Jordan Eberle has long been necessary for Edmonton Oilers

    Sportsnet "As another player once considered a pillar of the Edmonton Oilers rebuild gets shipped out of town, here’s the kicker: Trading a 25-goal man for 15-goal Ryan Strome is exactly what had to happen. Exactly 51 weeks after the explosive fan favourite Taylor Hall was dealt to the New Jersey Devils..." June 22

  • A 'relieved' Jordan Eberle welcomes deal to Islanders, 'a storied franchise'

    Sporting News "Calling his new team a "storied franchise," and new teammate John Tavares "a generational player," Jordan Eberle could not contain his excitement over Thursday's trade in which he was dealt to the New York Islanders from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Strome. "The Islanders are a..." June 22

  • Oilers trade Eberle to Islanders for Strome

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have dealt forward Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders in exchange for Ryan Strome, the teams confirmed Thursday. Eberle was drafted 22nd overall by Edmonton in 2008, registering 165 goals and 217 assists in 507 career games in seven seasons with the Oilers. The..." June 22

  • Golden Knights acquire 1st, 2nd-round picks, Grabovski from Islanders

    TSN "The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired Mikhail Grabovski, Jake Bischoff, a 2017 first-round pick and 2019 second-round pick from the New York Islanders. In exchange the New York Islanders received Expansion Draft Considersations. Grabovski has yet to be cleared to play after suffering a..." June 22

  • Islanders dealing first-round pick to Vegas, also likely trading Grabovski to expansion franchise, sources say

    Newsday "The Islanders have a deal in place to send their first-round pick to Vegas to steer the expansion franchise toward selecting a designated player off the Isles’ unprotected list, two NHL sources confirmed to Newsday on Monday. TSN first reported the existence of the deal. The player..." June 20

  • Islanders leave Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, Calvin de Haan unprotected ahead of expansion draft

    Newsday "The Islanders’ list of nine protected players for Wednesday’s expansion draft included a surprising name and a few surprising omissions, but that only fueled chatter that general manager Garth Snow already has a deal in place with Vegas GM George McPhee to essentially protect a few more Islanders..." June 19

  • Islanders will give up first rounder to keep Vegas from taking forwards

    TSN "The New York Islanders protected five defencemen and three forwards ahead of the Vgas Golden Knights expansion draft. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Islanders will give up a first round pick to keep Vegas from taking one of their forwards. The Islanders only protected..." June 18

  • Islanders To Play Preseason Game At NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum "The New York Islanders will begin their 2017-18 preseason schedule with a game at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. The game will mark the first time the team has played in its former home since the conclusion..." June 15

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Steve Bernier agrees to two-year, two-way deal with Islanders "The New York Islanders announced today that Steve Bernier has agreed to terms on a two-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) deal. Bernier scored 26 points (16 goals, 10 assists) in 33 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League last season. During the 2015-16 season, Bernier..." June 10

  • Islanders’ Doug Weight putting emphasis on offseason preparation

    Newsday "Doug Weight didn’t mince words during his three months as interim Islanders head coach. Now two months into his tenure as the team’s full-time head coach, Weight is still telling it bluntly. “It’s an important three weeks for our organization, no doubt,” Weight said Thursday during a phone..." June 10

  • Weight: Isles have to put Tavares in position to win now

    TSN "New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight said Wednesday John Tavares has a simple wish in the NHL - to win. The Islanders are hoping to sign Tavares to an extension this offseason to avoid seeing him hit the open market on July 1, 2018. Weight said in order to keep Tavares with the Islanders,..." June 02

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • Islanders won’t play games at Nassau Coliseum despite lease deal

    New York Post "In what seemed an inevitability, the Islanders are not going to play six games at the refurbished Nassau Coliseum next season, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to The Post on Tuesday night. This comes despite a clause in the lease agreement between developer Bruce Ratner and..." May 31

  • New York Islanders Hire Scott Gomez As Assistant Coach

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders have continued to add to their coaching staff, hiring former NHL forward Scott Gomez to work with Doug Weight as an assistant coach this season. The team had previously hired Luke Richardson this spring to work behind the bench, and is still rumored to be interested in..." May 30

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • Inside Doug Weight’s thinking to remake Islanders’ coaching staff

    New York Post "It was during that slog of a franchise-record nine-game road trip from late January into February when Doug Weight, the Islanders’ interim head coach, realized he needed help. Just over a month into his tenure, Weight was trying to do everything. While making room for individual meetings with..." May 24

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss apologizes for Instagram posts he liked during presidential campaign

    Newsday "Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss issued an apology for causing an uproar in his native Germany for several Instagram posts that he “liked” during the U.S. presidential campaign, one of which compared Hillary Clinton to Adolf Hitler. Greiss’ social media behavior had drawn the attention of..." May 13

  • New York Islanders Sign Linus Soderstrom To ELC

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Islanders have locked up one of Sweden’s top goaltenders, inking prospect Linus Soderstrom to a three-year entry-level deal. While Soderstrom isn’t expected to come over to North America right away, getting him signed is an important step for the Islanders as they continue to build their..." May 11

  • 8-year, $80M offer 'likely' for Tavares

    TSN "According to a report from Newsday, New York Islanders captain John Tavares underwent right hand surgery last month to fix an issue that lingered throughout the regular season. However, the star centre is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season and the Islanders are looking to..." May 09

  • John Tavares had right hand surgery last month

    Newsday "John Tavares had surgery on his right hand last month but is expected to be fully ready for next season, the Islanders said. The captain had the surgery a week after the Islanders’ season ended to fix an issue that lingered through much of the season. His hand is still in a cast, which is..." May 09

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02