Islanders Rumors & News

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Weight: It's a shame Ho-Sang's not playing with Tavares

    Newsday "Doug Weight has heard the cries from Islander fans. As yet another call-up from Bridgeport, big winger Ross Johnston, makes his season debut here on Saturday, the cry went up again: Where is Josh Ho-Sang? The Isles’ talented young wing is still toiling away in the AHL, where he has two goals..." January 20

  • Islanders about to get back a key piece

    New York Post "There was a glimmer of good news on the Islanders’ injury front Tuesday for the first time in a while. Josh Bailey will skate Wednesday at practice and could make his return from a lower-body injury as soon as Thursday against the Bruins. “Bails is feeling pretty good,” coach Doug Weight said..." January 17

  • John Tavares gives Islanders good news then bails them out

    New York Post "Of course when John Tavares went into the hockey-media echo chamber of Montreal, he was asked about his future as a possible free agent. And of course, Tavares answered in the same way he has over the past few months — albeit with stronger language. “I hope to stay in Long Island,” Tavares told..." January 16

  • Ducks' J.T. Brown: Finds home in Anaheim

    CBS Sports "Brown was claimed off waivers by the Ducks on Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of NHL Network reports. Brown was put on waivers by the Lightning on Saturday. He was often a healthy scratch in Tampa, so he'll look to get more time with the Ducks as they battle a good deal of injuries to their forwards." January 14

  • Islanders may play some more games at Nassau Coliseum

    New York Post "The goal of the Islanders playing games at the Nassau Coliseum before moving into a new arena at Belmont Park took a step toward reality Tuesday when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and a group of senior officials toured the team’s old home with owner Jon Ledecky. Bettman previously had said the..." January 11

  • Islanders could be active at the trade deadline

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In his most recent 31 Thoughts column for Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman notes that the New York Islanders need help on defense as they deal with injuries to Calvin de Haan and Johnny Boychuk. Brock Nelson, a pending restricted free agent, is listed as a possible trade chip whose name is “starting..." January 10

  • Tavares shouldn't be traded, but there's one scenario where Islanders will listen

    SNY TV "John Tavares should not, and almost certainly will not, be dealt by the Islanders prior to the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 26. The question of whether Tavares should be traded - instead of the Islanders potentially losing him in July as an unrestricted free agent for nothing in return -..." January 10

  • Gary Bettman visits Nassau Coliseum to assess its suitability for Islanders as temporary home

    Newsday "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman toured the renovated Nassau Coliseum Tuesday to assess the improvements needed for the arena to host Islanders games while the team’s new home at Belmont Park is being built. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky, Brooklyn Sports &..." January 10

  • Islanders star out, not a 'long term thing'

    Sporting News "Islanders forward Josh Bailey missed Sunday's 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils, but coach Doug Weight said his star's lower body injury would not keep him out for long. Bailey suffered the injury during the first period of Friday night's 4-0 loss to the Penguins and did not return." January 07

  • Islanders' Bailey leaves game with LBI

    TSN "New York Islanders winger Josh Bailey left his team's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins early with a lower-body injury and will not return, the team announced. Bailey is fourth in the NHL in scoring with 50 points (12 goals and 38 assists) in 41 games. " January 06

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05

  • Islanders sign defenceman Scott Mayfield to five-year extension

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders have signed defenceman Scott Mayfield to a five-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday. Mayfield’s new deal runs through the 2023-24 season. The 25-year-old blue-liner, selected 34th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, has 10 points in 29 games for the..." January 04

  • Weight looking for Tanner Fritz to spark third line

    SNY TV "Islanders head coach Doug Weight is hoping winger Tanner Fritz, who was called up from Bridgeport Monday, can spark his struggling third line. Fritz, who leads the Sound Tigers with 35 points in 29 games this season, didn't expect to see his NHL debut at this point in his career. However,..." January 03

  • Why the Winter Classic is still an NHL home run

    New York Post "The Winter Classic no longer creates the national footprint it did when the NHL’s outdoor extravaganza was created 10 years ago. It no longer makes for appointment viewing. Fact is, the national TV audience that peaked at 2.5 million for the 2009 game at Wrigley Field between the Blackhawks and..." January 02

  • Injuries could be issue for Islanders’ defense

    Pro Hockey Talk "Life has generally been smiling on the New York Islanders lately. On the ice, Mathew Barzal continues to rise as a star, including last night’s overtime-winner. The Isles also won a bid to build a new arena at Belmont Park. Correct or not, both developments make people optimistic about John..." December 28

  • Sabres' Lehner takes shot at Toronto hockey ops after Isles' disputed goal

    Buffalo News "Just what Buffalo fans needed. Another replay review. Unlike the Bills' controversial "incomplete pass" Sunday, the Sabres conclusively allowed a tying goal with 1:09 to play Wednesday. That didn't make the situation any easier for Robin Lehner. "I guess it's something in Buffalo waters,..." December 28

  • Mathew Barzal quickly becoming a star for Islanders

    Pro Hockey Talk "After narrowly missing the playoffs a season ago the New York Islanders are right in the thick of the highly competitive Metropolitan Division playoff race. They have hit a bit of a rough stretch lately but their 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon were two big points in the..." December 23

  • Islanders' De Haan out indefinitely with upper-body injury

    CBS Sports "De Haan (shoulder) has decided to undergo surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season, Andy Graziano of Sportsnet New York reports. Rumors of de Haan's absence for the remainder of the season surfaced shortly after he suffered the injury, but a later update suggested he may be..." December 23

  • Could Islanders’ new arena entice Tavares to re-sign?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Everything’s been coming up Milhouse for the New York Islanders lately. They improved to 18-12-3 on the season by beating the Kings 4-3 in overtime on Saturday, and hope to continue their five-game homestand with a win against the Red Wings tonight. Their offense looks especially deadly lately,..." December 20

  • Sources: Islanders’ arena bid picked for Belmont Park

    Newsday "The Islanders’ proposal to build a new arena at Belmont Park was selected as the winning bid, according to people familiar with the situation. A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the racetrack in which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to be on hand. The Islanders’ bid..." December 19

  • Belmont Park decision expected Wednesday, sources say

    Newsday "A decision about the future of Belmont Park is expected to be announced at a news conference Wednesday at the racetrack, according to two people familiar with the situation. The site will either be the new home for the New York Islanders or the New York City FC soccer team. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is..." December 18

  • Clarity could be coming for Islanders captain John Tavares

    Newsday "Clarity is the word that people close to John Tavares have been using going on seven months now, ever since the Islanders’ captain informed Garth Snow and team ownership that he would be waiting on contract talks. There may be some clarity coming soon on one of Tavares’ key issues. New York..." December 18

  • The Islanders are finally making progress in their weakest area

    New York Post "While the Islanders recorded a 3-1 win over the Capitals on Monday night, the victory may have been even bigger because they did not allow a goal on the penalty kill. It snapped a streak of seven straight games in which the Islanders’ opponents had at least one power-play goal. Opponents had a..." December 13

  • Jaroslav Halak went out and earned Doug Weight’s praise

    New York Post "Doug Weight offered a strong endorsement of his goalies, Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss, before the Islanders took the ice against the Capitals on Monday night. “I feel good about both our goalies,” he said at the team’s morning skate. “No one else does. I don’t really care.” Halak left..." December 12

  • Johnny Boychuk improving but misses second straight game

    Newsday "Johnny Boychuk felt better after skating on Saturday morning, but not well enough to play. Boychuk missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury, suffered when he blocked a shot late in the Islanders’ loss in Tampa on Tuesday. “It hurt but that was the second-to-last shift of that..." December 11

  • 2018-19 Salary Cap Projected At $78-82MM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the board of governors meeting today, the league shared projections for next season’s salary cap. According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, that number is set to fall between $78-82MM depending on how the NHLPA uses their escalators. That’s an increase from this year’s $75MM ceiling, giving..." December 09

  • The NHL is political, whether you like it or not

    Sporting News "In the immediate aftermath of raising his fist, Lightning forward J.T. Brown received death threats. Brown, in the eyes of some hockey fans, had broken the cardinal rule of combining sports and the vague concept of politics. For, in the NHL, the best player is a quiet player who keeps his head..." December 08

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "NHL team values are up 15% over last year to an average of $594 million, the biggest increase in three years. Deal-making in and out of hockey has been a boon to the NHL, most notably the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets (NBA), the $1.2 billion price for the Miami Marlins (MLB) and the..." December 05

  • Bettman 'unequivocally supportive' of Isles' Belmont arena bid

    SNY TV "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he is "wholly, fully, unequivocally supportive" of the Islanders' effort to land an arena deal at Belmont Park, according to Neil Best of Newsday. "I think it would be great," Bettman added. "I think it would be great for the Islanders. I think it would be..." November 29

  • IIHF backs Russia’s participation in Pyeongchang Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "The International Ice Hockey Federation doesn’t want to see hockey suffer at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the International Olympic Committee set to rule on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games next week, the IIHF threw its support behind Russia’s..." November 28

  • It’s time for the Islanders to go all-in with a big trade

    New York Post "It is premature to declare the end of the Pittsburgh-Washington axis that has been dominant in the Metro Division, but it appears as if we’re experiencing an ongoing redistribution of power in which a path to the conference finals is wide open. And though the road to the final four might well..." November 27

  • Islanders deciding what to do with franchise centre John Tavares

    Sportsnet "Don’t hold your breath for any news regarding John Tavares. The New York Islanders captain, a pending unrestricted free agent, isn’t expected to be dealt before the trade deadline nor is there a contract extension on the table. When it comes to a potential trade, the Islanders (14-7-2) are..." November 26

  • Josh Ho-Sang recalled by Islanders on emergency basis

    CBS Sports "Ho-Sang was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on an emergency basis Saturday. The Islanders announced that Nikolay Kulemin (upper body) will be out indefinitely and Anthony Beauvillier is dealing with an apparent leg injury, so Ho-Sang was needed as a reinforcement up front with a road game against..." November 11

  • After blockbuster, here are six players who could be traded this season

    USA Today "The Ottawa Senators’ inability to re-sign potential unrestricted free agent Kyle Turris was the impetus for Sunday's three-team blockbuster deal that involved Turris, Matt Duchene, plus four other players and three draft picks. The Senators didn’t want the risk of having Turris leave without..." November 07

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • Islanders get record-setting night from rookie center

    New York Post "There was some sloppy play Sunday night by the Islanders that left coach Doug Weight frustrated after the game, but there was at least one thing that was clean, crisp and quick: Mathew Barzal. The Islanders’ 20-year-old center continued to break out, setting a single-game franchise rookie..." November 06

  • John Tavares is unstoppable right now

    Pro Hockey Talk "The first month of the NHL season has been highlighted by some big goal numbers and huge individual performances, from Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos in Tampa Bay, to Auston Matthews in Toronto. One of the quieter — but equally dominant — performances has been turned in by New York..." November 05

  • Gomez glad he answered Weight's call, and now he's Islanders assistant "The phone call wasn't expected, but it was one Scott Gomez hoped would come. When New York Islanders coach Doug Weight was beginning to fill out his staff following last season, he called Gomez to pick his brain about the growing trend of players working with individual skills coaches. Weight..." November 03

  • Jaroslav Halak earning his way into Islanders lineup

    New York Post "Jaroslav Halak started between the pipes for the second game in a row Monday, marking just the second time this year an Islanders goalie has made consecutive starts. Despite giving up a pair of first-period goals — a short-hander on a bad line change and a power-play strike — the netminder..." October 31

  • Islanders forward Josh Ho-Sang reassigned to AHL Bridgeport

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders have reassigned forward Joshua Ho-Sang to American Hockey League affiliate Bridgeport, the team announced on Wednesday. The 21-year-old had recorded four assists in six games with the Islanders this season after racking up four goals and six assists in 21 games for New..." October 25

  • Islanders Anders Lee thriving in role, but expects even more production

    Sporting News "Islanders forward Anders Lee stands 6 foot 3 and weighs 231 pounds. When he plants himself in front of opposing goaltenders, which he often does, Lee actually seems bigger. When Lee serves as a screen for his Islanders teammates, a goaltender can expect one of two things to happen: either Lee..." October 23

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • 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