Islanders Rumors & News

  • Andrew Ladd signs with Islanders on massive seven year deal

    SB Nation "The Andrew Ladd experiment is officially over in Chicago, as the left winger has signed with the New York Islanders on a seven-year deal. Ladd was brought to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline to bolster Chicago’s scoring touch. Even though the few months in Chicago did not work out, Ladd has..." July 01

  • Kyle Okposo Signs 7-Year Contract with Sabres

    The Hockey Writers "Kyle Okposo looks to have found his home for the foreseeable future, as he will reportedly join the Buffalo Sabres. Okposo was arguably the best forward available this summer, with names like Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson in the mix as well. The 28-year old right-wing has been very productive,..." July 01

  • Detroit Red Wings sign Frans Nielsen

    Winging It In Motown "The Detroit Red Wings have signed center Frans Nielsen to a six year deal, at $5.25 million AAV. The 32 year old, 6'1" Dane has played his entire 10 season career with the New York Islanders, scoring 119 goals and adding 230 assists in 606 games. As I noted in my free agent profile of him,..." July 01

  • Jason Chimera joins New York Islanders

    Today's Slapshot "Veteran forward Jason Chimera was a name that the Washington Capitals may have been hoping to keep in their system this offseason – but as free agency kicked off on Friday morning, that proved not to be the case. Chimera has officially inked a two year deal with the New York Islanders, starting..." July 01

  • Panthers out of Okposo sweepstakes

    The Score "The Florida Panthers are hoping to add a scoring forward this offseason, but it appears they've already lost out on one of the best free agents available. The team is reportedly out of the running to sign the soon-to-be-former New York Islanders winger, sources told George Richards of the Miami..." July 01

  • Martin prepared to leave Islanders as free agent

    NHL.com "If left wing Matt Martin leaves the New York Islanders, he'll take with him only positive memories of the only professional organization he has known. "It's different. It's never happened to me before," Martin said Wednesday, two days before he can become an unrestricted free agent. "It's a..." June 30

  • Islanders hosting Andrew Ladd

    The Score "The New York Islanders are hosting pending free-agent forward Andrew Ladd, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. Ladd has made it clear he wants to play for a contender, and with Kyle Okposo set to hit the market, Isles' general manger Garth Snow could be looking at a suitable replacement. " June 30

  • As the NHL goes loco, Wild in on Kyle Okposo, Eric Staal, among others

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If you took a late lunch today, went to the gym or dropped your phone in the toilet, you missed, "NHL GM's Go Wild." In back-to-back-to-back moves, the Edmonton Oilers traded Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson in a one-for-one move, the Nashville Predators and..." June 30

  • Wings hold strong interest in UFA Matt Martin

    HockeyBuzz "The Detroit Red Wings are among the many teams interested in New York Islanders left winger Matt Martin, who will hit unrestricted free agency on Friday, but even though he grew up across the river from Detroit in Windsor, Ont. and began life as a fan of the Wings, Martin eventually lost interest..." June 29

  • Islanders Kyle Okposo has statistics coveted in a NHL free agent winger

    Buffalo News "When it comes to scoring goals, there’s Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin and everyone else. If the conversation turns to points, the NHL’s No. 1 free agent has more company. One of the players in Stamkos’ group is also on the market. Since 2009-10, Stamkos’ second season, the goal-scoring..." June 28

  • There is plenty of reported interest in pending UFA Okposo

    Pro Hockey Talk "Did you hear? Steven Stamkos is the “big fish” — the most coveted free agent this year, should he go to the open market on Friday. That said, another scoring forward that is reportedly garnering plenty of attention, as teams are now allowed to talk to pending unrestricted free agents, is Kyle..." June 27

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Failing Nielsen offer only start of Isles’ alarming free-agent issue

    New York Post "Sweepings from the Entry Draft floor in Buffalo: The Islanders, who have already bade goodbye to top-six winger Kyle Okposo on his way to the July 1 bazaar, appear to be on the verge of losing a second top-six forward in Frans Nielsen to free agency. And you thought John Tavares was light in..." June 27

  • 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

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