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  • Islanders’ Nelson on life after Tavares: We have to pick ourselves back up

    Sportsnet "The Islanders faithful find themselves in mourning, with long-time franchise centrepiece John Tavares now the off-season prize of the Toronto Maple Leafs. But while fans on Long Island look to balance resentment towards their former captain with anger at the organization for letting..." July 14

  • Most interesting Islanders to watch post-Tavares

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the wake of John Tavares‘ departure, various New York Islanders players are saying all the right things. “We wish him the best, but things go on and we’ve got to pick ourselves back up,” Brock Nelson said, via’s Jessi..." July 12

  • John Tavares bids farewell to Islanders fans in Players’ Tribune, explains decision to join Maple Leafs

    Toronto Star "The Leafs weren’t just my first hockey love. They were basically my first human memory. That’s how John Tavares describes Doug Gilmour’s wraparound overtime goal against the St. Louis Blues during the Maple Leafs magical playoff run in the 1992-93 season in a letter..." July 11

  • Free-agent interview period irks Lamoriello

    Newsday "Like the rest of the organization he now runs, Lou Lamoriello is excited about the Islanders’ plan to play home games at a modern arena at Belmont Park. But the president and general manager also is focusing on shorter-term goals to improve the franchise. “It’s..." July 11

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Islanders sign another depth player long-term, and it makes no sense

    Pro Hockey Talk "You have to at least say this for the New York Islanders offseason: It has not been quiet, and it has definitely been interesting. They continued making moves on Monday when they first announced a one-year contract for free agent center Jan Kovar after a successful career in the KHL...." July 10

  • Barzal eager for shot as No. 1 center of Islanders "Mathew Barzal is eager to take over as the No. 1 center of the New York Islanders following the departure of John Tavares. Barzal told Newsday he's talked with new Islanders coach Barry Trotz about his responsibilities after Tavares left to join the Toronto Maple Leafs as an..." July 09

  • Islanders sign KHL forward Kovar to 1-year deal

    Newsday "There will be plenty of contenders at the Islanders’ training camp this September to earn roster spots as a center. The Islanders on Monday announced the signing of Czech-born center Jan Kovar, 28, who has played the past five seasons in the Russian KHL, compiling 97 goals and..." July 09

  • Ross Johnston To Sign Four-Year Contract With New York Islanders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders have come to terms with Ross Johnston on a four-year contract, which explains why the big forward didn’t file for arbitration when the deadline passed earlier this month. No financial details have been released so far. " July 09

  • Wahlstrom aims to make big impact for Islanders "Oliver Wahlstrom was not supposed to be available when the New York Islanders selected him with the No. 11 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft. That's why his name wasn't stitched on the back of his Islanders jersey at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22. Still, the..." July 07

  • Islanders Must Focus On Moving Forward After Tavares

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When the New York Islanders lost John Tavares, the franchise found itself in a worse situation than it had hoped. The team that struggled a year ago on defense and in goal now lost their top scorer and seem to lack identity (except in the front office). The team will likely make Calder Trophy..." July 07

  • Lamoriello believes Islanders in better spot than 2015 Leafs

    National Post "It’s been almost a week since the breakup. One week since John Tavares ditched the team he had been with for nine long years and instead hooked up with the one he had been crushing on all his life. For Toronto Maple Leafs fans, who landed the biggest free agent in..." July 07

  • Lamoriello on Tavares' Islanders departure: 'We did everything we possibly could'

    SNY TV "Islanders GM and president Lou Lamoriello saw franchise player John Tavares walk out the door last week, but says the Isles did everything in their power to prevent it. "We did everything we possibly could to keep John," Lamoriello said Thursday on Sirius XM NHL..." July 05

  • Islanders hire Lane Lambert to be Barry Trotz’s top assistant

    Newsday "When Barry Trotz was named the new Islanders coach on June 21, he mentioned the possibility of having Lane Lambert join him on the staff. That possibility became a reality on Thursday when the Islanders named Lambert, 53, as Trotz’ top lieutenant. Lambert spent the..." July 05

  • Islanders Sign Jakub Skarek

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Islanders have signed goaltender Jakub Skarek to a three-year, entry-level contract.  Skarek himself announced the signing via Instagram.  Financial terms of the deal are not yet known.  The 18-year-old was the 72nd overall pick back in last month’s NHL Entry..." July 04

  • Hurricanes Sign Calvin de Haan

    The Hockey Writers "The frustrating offseason continued for the New York Islanders late on Tuesday evening when news broke that the Carolina Hurricanes had signed defenceman and former Islander Calvin de Haan to a four-year contract, according to Luke DeCock. The deal is reportedly worth $18.2 million..." July 04

  • Islanders agree to terms with Lehner on 1-year deal

    The Score "The New York Islanders agreed to terms with goaltender Robin Lehner on a one-year contract Tuesday, the team announced. The deal is worth $1.5 million, according to Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press. Lehner moves to an Islanders squad that finished with the most goals allowed last..." July 03

  • Leafs trade Matt Martin to Islanders for Eamon McAdam

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded enforcer Matt Martin to the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Eamon McAdam. The deal sends Martin back to the Islanders, where he spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career before signing with Toronto..." July 03

  • Islanders Sign Mike Sislo And Matt Lorito

    Pro Hockey Rumors "On top of locking up winger Tom Kuhnhackl today, the Islanders also made several additions to their minor league team.  In addition to confirming previously-reported agreements for goalie Christopher Gibson and defenseman Seth Helgeson, they..." July 03

  • Islanders Sign Tom Kuhnhackl To One-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders announced they have added another depth player today, signing forward Tom Kuhnhackl to a one-year deal. Terms have not been announced yet. " July 02

  • Islanders' Valtteri Filppula: Signs with Islanders

    CBS Sports "Filppula inked a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Islanders on Sunday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. You may have heard that the Islanders found themselves in the market for a center. Filppula won't replace John Tavares, but he has a bit of punch offensively. " July 02

  • Tavares informed Islanders he won't return to club

    The Score "John Tavares will officially have a new home for the 2018-19 season, as he told the New York Islanders on Sunday morning he won't be returning to the club, reports Arthur Staple of The Athletic. " July 01

  • Lamoriello issues statement after losing Tavares in free agency

    Sportsnet "Lou Lamoriello suffered his first loss as a member of the New York Islanders when captain John Tavares signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in free agency on Sunday. After several weeks of #TavaresWatch, the Oakville, Ont., native agreed to terms on a seven-year, $77-million deal with..." July 01

  • New York Islanders Sign Leo Komarov

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders lost one key player today, but have added a veteran forward to help the bottom of their lineup. According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Leo Komarov has signed a four-year $12MM contract with the team, leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs behind. " July 01

  • John Tavares agrees to 7 year deal with Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "John Tavares is officially off the market. The unrestricted free agent agreed to terms with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a seven-year, $77-million deal on Sunday. The contract will count for $11 million against the cap. Tavares, who hails from Oakville, Ont., tweeted..." July 01

  • New York Islanders Agree To Terms With Thomas Hickey

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders looked like they would be supplying the market with two of the top free agent defensemen, but now one has decided to stay home. Darren Dreger of TSN reports that the team has an agreement with Thomas Hickey on a four-year contract worth $10MM. " July 01

  • Tavares decision still looms as deadline for 8-year extension passes

    The Score "All remains quiet in the John Tavares sweepstakes. The deadline to sign a max eight-year extension with the New York Islanders came and went early Sunday morning with no word out of the Tavares camp regarding a decision on where he will play next season, according to Chris Johnston of..." July 01

  • Chris Wagner to sign 2-year deal with Boston

    Mass Live "It's not John Tavares, but the Boston Bruins are reportedly set to reel in another forward from the New York Islanders. Fox Sports Midwest Andy Strickland tweeted Saturday night that the Bruins will sign forward Chris Wagner to a two-year contract, with Mark Divver of the..." July 01

  • Tavares still hasn't notified teams they're out of the running

    The Score "John Tavares apparently hasn't begun whittling down his list of potential destinations just yet. The superstar's camp has not notified any of the six teams in the hunt either way, and is still deliberating on the decision, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reports. Tavares..." June 30

  • Islanders Re-Sign Defenseman Seth Helgeson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders are certainly keeping busy as they wait for a decision from John Tavares. In the team’s second deal in under an hour, they have signed defenseman Seth Helgeson to a contract extension. According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the deal nearly..." June 29

  • Report: Sharks are John Tavares' top choice if he leaves Islanders

    NBC Sports Bay Area "If John Tavares is going to leave the New York Islanders, the Sharks reportedly may be in the driver's seat.  Should Tavares decide to officially become a free agent, “[it's] believed” his top choices, in order, are San Jose and his hometown Toronto Maple..." June 29

  • Islanders Extend Goaltender Christopher Gibson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders are hoping for good news on a much larger extension in the next 24 hours, but in the meantime they have come to terms on a new contract with minor league goaltender Christopher Gibson. TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reports that it is a two-year, two-way extension..." June 29

  • Why John Tavares’ silence may not be good news for Islanders

    New York Post "What has always been true is only getting more so — the longer it goes without John Tavares signing a new contract with the Islanders, the more likely it is he is going to leave for the free-agent market come Sunday. At this point, each of the teams with mutual..." June 29

  • John Tavares' Best Possible Landing Spot is Barely Being Discussed

    12 Up "Talk of John Tavares and his eventual landing spot has been dominating the NHL community for months now. It's been narrowed to just ?six potential candidates: New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, ?Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay..." June 29

  • John Tavares’ decision could have snowball effect on NHL

    Newsday "John Tavares’ looming decision on where he wants to play will have a trickle-down effect throughout the NHL, affecting more than the Islanders and the other five teams reportedly bidding for the impending unrestricted free agent’s services. In the wake of Tavares’..." June 28

  • Tavares meetings conclude with Stars, Lightning "John Tavares and his representatives won't talk to any other teams after meeting in person with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, The Athletic and Sportsnet reported. Tavares, a 27-year-old center who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, reportedly..." June 27

  • When will Islanders find out John Tavares' decision?

    SNY TV "You won't have to wait much longer to learn if the Islanders are still the slight favorites in the hunt for John Tavares. The Steven Stamkos talks of two years ago taught us that. Although unrestricted free agency begins Sunday, July 1, Tavares will have completed..." June 27

  • Bruins held 'seemingly briefest' meeting with John Tavares

    WEEI Boston "Well, folks, the eagle has landed in Los Angeles. TSN’s John Lu reported Tuesday night that Bruins president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney, and head coach Bruce Cassidy met with John Tavares at the CAA office of Pat Brisson. If it looks like Lu is staking the CAA..." June 27

  • John Tavares narrows free-agent search to six teams

    Sportsnet "Another piece of the puzzle falls into place. Pending free agent John Tavares and his representation no longer plan to engage in conversations with any other teams after their final in-person meetings with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay..." June 27

  • Leafs’ Brown on Tavares: ‘Any team would be lucky to have him’

    Sportsnet "When your bosses are pitching John Tavares on the idea of joining the Toronto Maple Leafs, it’s hard to turn a blind eye to the exciting possibilities at hand. Connor Brown acknowledged Tuesday that he’s been casually monitoring #TavaresWatch. Not too closely, but just..." June 26

  • The favorite, contenders and dark horses for John Tavares

    New York Post "The John Tavares Sweepstakes have fully taken off, with five teams represented at his agent’s office in Los Angeles set to make their in-person pitches through Wednesday, and possibly one or two more set up with phone conversations. The group includes the Maple Leafs, Sharks, Stars,..." June 26

  • Isles' Oliver Wahlstrom: Rangers 'made a mistake' not drafting me

    The Score "Oliver Wahlstrom is known for having a great shot, and now he's aiming it squarely at a crosstown rival of the team that selected him in the draft. The promising forward had a message for a certain club that passed on him Friday night. "The New York Rangers made a..." June 26

  • Report: John Tavares to meet with Sharks, Leafs, Bruins, Lightning, Stars

    The Score "The list of potential destinations for pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares is starting to grow. The New York Islanders captain's camp will meet with the San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins,..." June 25

  • Tavares future biggest question heading into free agency "With the completion of the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas on Saturday, the focus turns to the beginning of the interview period for potential unrestricted free agents on Sunday. During the interview period, teams can discuss general parameters of a possible contract with potential UFAs to..." June 24

  • Islanders may compete with multiple teams for Calvin de Haan

    Yardbarker "While early reports that quite a bit of interest has been directed towards John Tavares, another New York Islanders’ unrestricted free agent has garnered attention too. David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reports defenseman Calvin de Haan has received significant interest..." June 24

  • How Leafs, Golden Knights can lure John Tavares away from Islanders

    Sportsnet "Let’s call it the $100-million question: Does John Tavares truly want to test the NHL’s lucrative open market? We know he’s going to listen to what a small handful of teams have to say during a series of meetings in Los Angeles early next week. The Toronto Maple..." June 24

  • Islanders GM: John Tavares 'has earned every right' to listen to pitches from other teams

    ESPN "New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said he's not discouraged that star center John Tavares will listen to pitches from other NHL teams ahead of unrestricted free agency, rather than re-signing with the team before the process plays out. "I have no..." June 24

  • John Tavares Will speak to five other teams about contract

    CBS Sports "Tavares will meet with five teams during the free agency interview period that opens Sunday, reports Larry Brooks of the New York Post. We don't know which teams, but Brooks was quick to point out that the Rangers were not among the five. " June 23

  • Islanders tried trading 1st-round pick for roster player

    The Score "Prior to picking 11th and 12th in the first round of Friday's draft, New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello was working the phones. Ahead of picking forward Oliver Wahlstrom and defenseman Noah Dobson, Lamoriello attempted to trade one of his two first-round picks for a..." June 23

  • NY Islanders pick Oliver Wahlstrom, Noah Dobson back-to-back in the first round

    North Jersey "The Islanders made the rare double dip on Friday in the NHL Draft. The team went back-to-back in the first round, taking Oliver Wahlstrom at No. 11 before then taking Noah Dobson at No. 12. Thus is the first draft pick under a new front office headed by legendary Devils..." June 22