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  • Islanders coach Barry Trotz knows playoff hockey is a different game

    Newsday "The Islanders have played well enough to be in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. But Barry Trotz, who led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup last season, understands the difference between playing hockey in January and once the postseason begins. So, as he tries to guide the..." January 16

  • Who Exactly Are the Islanders?

    Lighthouse Hockey "You know, I wasn’t even quite sure how to start a piece like this because there’s been so much swirl around this Islander team, it’s been hard to pinpoint what the perception of them truly is. And that’s when it hit me: no one actually knows what to make of this..." January 16

  • Barry Trotz likes what he’s seeing from Matt Martin

    New York Post "Matt Martin played five regular-season and six playoff games against Barry Trotz’s former team, the Capitals, while wearing a Maple Leafs sweater over the past two years. He just didn’t leave a lasting impression on Trotz, now his coach with the Islanders. But..." January 16

  • Schedule For Upcoming NHL “Bye Weeks”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For the third year in a row, the NHL has scheduled a mandated multi-day break for each team in the middle part of the season. Meant to give each team a rest, much like the bye week in the National Football League, this break also includes limits on practice, including several days in..." January 15

  • The Islanders’ fourth line is again living up to its old hype

    New York Post "Four years after being dubbed the best fourth line in hockey, the Islanders’ unit is at it again. Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck turned in another strong night in the Islanders’ 5-1 win over the Lightning on Sunday at Barclays Center, showing off..." January 14

  • Islanders going for seven wins in a row for first time in 29 years

    Newsday "Al Arbour was serving in his second stint behind the Islanders’ bench in the 1989-90 season. They were starting to sizzle on the ice around this time, heading for a nine-game winning streak. It seems like forever ago. Now the Islanders have a chance for their first single-season..." January 08

  • Islanders’ defense has improved under Trotz, but goalies are the difference

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders are a different team than they were a year ago in pretty much every significant way. From a personnel standpoint the changes are obvious. John Tavares is gone after heading to the Toronto Maple Leafs in free agency, leaving second-year sensation..." January 06

  • The Islanders Have Averted Disaster

    Deadspin "Six months after they were dumped by their captain, John Tavares—the man who was both their best player and the most crucial piece of their long-term plan, who had publicly assured everyone two years ago that he would not leave them for his boyhood favorite..." January 04

  • What to Expect for Brock Nelson’s Next Contract

    Lighthouse Hockey "When Lou Lamoriello took over the New York Islanders on May 22, 2018, he had two main goals: find a coach that could ingrain structure and defensive responsibility into a team that was historically poor defensively, and re-sign franchise center John Tavares. While he accomplished his..." January 04

  • Islanders' Trotz passes Arbour for 4th on all-time wins list

    The Hockey News "Robin Lehner made 39 saves against his former team and the Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Monday night as New York coach Barry Trotz moved into fourth place on the NHL’s all-time win list. Trotz picked up his 783rd career victory and moved passed Islanders franchise..." January 01

  • Who needs a fresh start in 2019?

    Pro Hockey Talk "New Year’s Day is right around the corner, so naturally many of us have already started thinking about our resolutions. Maybe you want to get into better shape, eat better, expand your knowledge on a certain topic, spend less time on your phone, or something totally..." December 31

  • Maple Leafs’ loss to Islanders a ‘punch-in-the-gut’ for John Tavares

    Sportsnet "You don’t really know how it feels until you live it. Toronto Maple Leafs leading goal-scorer John Tavares expected a cocktail of emotions when facing the New York Islanders for the first time. A buzz of history and memories and kinship, though he couldn’t quite find the..." December 30

  • New York Islanders to be Without Jordan Eberle, Cal Clutterbuck, Thomas Hickey

    Last Word On Hockey "The New York Islanders will be without a trio of players as Jordan Eberle, Cal Clutterbuck and Thomas Hickey will miss Friday night’s game versus the Ottawa Senators. Islanders head coach Barry Trotz announced this to the media earlier in the day. Eberle was ruled out for..." December 29

  • Lamoriello: Unfair to criticize Tavares for leaving Islanders

    The Score "Saturday night will be a memorable one for both John Tavares and Lou Lamoriello. For Tavares, it will mark the first game against his former club, the Islanders, since he elected to fulfill a childhood fantasy and sign with the Maple Leafs on July 1. As for Lamoriello, Saturday's..." December 29

  • Tavares facing Islanders with Maple Leafs will be strange for former team "The New York Islanders will do everything they can to treat it like just another game, but they admitted it will be a bit different when they look across the ice on Saturday and see John Tavares wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. "Once the puck drops, I think you're..." December 29

  • New York Islanders Place Thomas Hickey On Injured Reserve

    Last Word On Hockey "The New York Islanders placed defenseman Thomas Hickey on injured reserve today. This comes just before the NHL roster freeze later this week. The 29-year-old was listed day to day with an upper-body injury earlier this week. The club announced they recalled Devon Toews from..." December 20

  • Should Ian Cole be suspended for kneeing Brock Nelson?

    Pro Hockey Talk "On paper, Monday was an excellent night for Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders. The Islanders topped the Colorado Avalanche 4-1, keeping the Avs’ scorching-hot top line mostly in check. Nathan MacKinnon grabbed an assist on Gabriel Landeskog‘s power-play..." December 18

  • Islanders hope change of scenery sparks Noah Dobson's game

    Yardbarker "When New York Islanders prospect Noah Dobson was selected to the Canadian World Junior team, it was likely a welcome reprieve. The talented defenseman had been playing for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the QMJHL, a team that is currently 6-26-1 with a league-worst 68 goals for. Dobson..." December 17

  • Islanders' power play (1-for-last-28) may get some new combinations

    Newsday "The power has been out on the Islanders’ power play for about a month now. The last time they managed to score five-on-four? Try Nov. 15 when they did it twice. So when Anthony Beauvillier (hot streak) and Josh Ho-Sang (creative offensively) were spotted working on the..." December 13

  • Can Islanders, Devils & Rangers cash in on Golden Knights trend?

    New York Post "Did last year’s historic hockey run from the Vegas Golden Knights annoy the rest of the country so much that now everyone is their hated rival? VSiN had a lot of fun covering the expansion miracle on our Vegas-based broadcasts last season. But we could see why hockey fans in..." December 12

  • Isles’ Clutterbuck injured after punch from Pens’ Letang

    Pro Hockey Talk "This is a weird one, so let’s start from the beginning. With the Penguins on the power play, Evgeni Malkin‘s one-timer deflected off Leo Komarov‘s stick and into the head of Thomas Hickey. There was a quick bit of confusion amongst players..." December 11

  • Islanders recall Ho-Sang from Bridgeport

    TSN "The New York Islanders have recalled forward Josh Ho-Sang from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. The 22-year-old appeared in 22 games at the NHL level with the Islanders last season and posted two goals and 10 assists.  He also played 50 AHL games last..." December 09

  • Inside the disaster that was the Islanders fisherman logo

    New York Post "It was all Billy Joel’s fault. In 1995, the New York Islanders decided to freshen the team’s look by introducing a new logo, jersey and mascot. The decision eventually turned into one of the biggest sports- marketing disasters of all time and a debacle that still rankles..." December 07

  • Josh Bailey moved to Islanders' third line

    Newsday "Josh Bailey will start on the third line when the Islanders face the Penguins to open a two-game road trip on Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. But the right wing, long a fixture among the top six forwards, doesn’t see it as a demotion. Rather, he believes..." December 05

  • Islanders sign Bode Wilde to entry-level contract

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders have signed defenceman Bode Wilde to a three-year, entry-level contract. Wilde has five goals and 15 assists in 19 games during his first season with the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. " December 03

  • Islanders get 'goosebumps' during return to Nassau Coliseum "Barry Trotz remembers his first close encounter with New York Islanders fans outside Nassau Coliseum. During the Eastern Conference First Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Trotz, who was coaching the Washington Capitals at the time, attempted to make the brief walk from the team..." December 02

  • No captain, my captain: Tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’

    Washington Post "Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C' on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them,..." November 27

  • As Barry Trotz faces his former team, it’s mostly water under the bridge

    Washington Post "It may be for just a few minutes, but Barry Trotz will be back in the Washington Capitals’ dressing room once again, standing before a team that was his for four years. Whenever the Capitals have played against a teammate from last season, they’ve invited him into the dressing room..." November 26

  • Trotz proud of coaching Capitals to Cup, wants to do same with Islanders "Barry Trotz didn't become the fifth all-time winningest coach in NHL history by looking ahead. That's why he wasn't interested in discussing his first game against the Washington Capitals, the team he coached to the Stanley Cup last season, until after the Islanders'..." November 25

  • How Barry Trotz’s system has turned around the Islanders

    New York Post "Barry Trotz was talking about the identity the Islanders had established under his watch in his first year behind the bench. Beyond the “Tough to play against” tag and “five-man structure,” the coach talked about how his team has “to go with a four-line mentality..." November 21

  • Henrik Lundqvist will be sitting vs. Islanders

    New York Post "Henrik Lundqvist not only got a day off from practice on Tuesday, the Rangers franchise goalie is also set to sit and watch his backup, Alex Georgiev, start against the Islanders on Wednesday night in the Garden. The 36-year-old Lundqvist has started 17 of the team’s first 21..." November 21

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • Islanders recall former fifth overall pick Michael Dal Colle

    Newsday "The Islanders’ organizational depth is being tested. President/general manager Lou Lamoriello announced on Thursday that left wings Andrew Ladd (lower body) and Matt Martin (upper body) and center Casey Cizikas (lower body) all have been placed on injured reserve, and forwards..." November 15

  • The Rangers have an Islanders problem, even if they don’t get it

    New York Post "Practice — we’d define it as a “hard work” practice, but that would be redundant — ended, and David Quinn called his team to center ice. “How many games have you won at Barclays Center?” the coach asked the Rangers players gathered around..." November 15

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Should you buy the fast starts by Islanders, Canucks?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Two of the biggest surprises in the NHL this season have to be the Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders. When the season began, nobody had any realistic expectations for these two except for them to lose and probably lose a lot. So far, the opposite has been..." November 04

  • Islanders recall Gibson, loan Kuhnhackl to Bridgeport

    Lighthouse Hockey "The New York Islanders offered their response to Robin Lehner’s injury by way of some roster moves Wednesday. They recalled goalie Christopher Gibson from AHL Bridgeport under emergency conditions, while loaning forward Tom Kuhnhackl to the..." November 01

  • What NHL goalies are saying about smaller equipment

    Sportsnet "Midway through last season the NHL began streamlining goalie equipment with a target on leg pads and pants. Rather than goalies being allowed to wear inflated equipment that had more to do with filling up the net than protecting the player, the NHL began to enforce “form-fitting”..." October 30

  • Josh Ho-Sang: New Islanders regime burying me, even in minors

    New York Post "There is only one reason Josh Ho-Sang wouldn’t use the word “unfair” in describing his current plight as a minor-league player in the Islanders system. “There’s no such thing as fair,” Ho-Sang told The Post over the weekend when his AHL Sound Tigers..." October 30

  • NHL, MGM Resorts form sports betting partnership "The NHL has named MGM Resorts the first official sports betting partner of the League. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, joined by MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren, made the announcement Monday. "The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity..." October 29

  • For NHL goalies, league’s new pad restrictions are a real pain

    Washington Post "Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has started to wear an extra undershirt to protect himself. Even with Braden Holtby’s Washington Capitals teammates toning down the power of their shots in practices, he’s started to feel the sting of pucks in ways he hasn’t..." October 24

  • Islanders move John Tavares’ return game to Nassau Coliseum

    Sportsnet "John Tavares will face his old team back where it all began. The New York Islanders announced on Wednesday that their Feb. 28 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs will take place at Nassau Coliseum rather than Barclays Center, where it had been originally..." October 24

  • Healy: If backed by science, NHL alumni association 'all-in' on cannabis

    The Score "The group representing ex-NHL players is "all-in" on endorsing cannabis as a pain relief option for its members. That is, if future research can prove the drug’s supposed healing capabilities. "I think science has to prove it first. If science proves it,..." October 23

  • Charles B. Wang, former Islanders owner dies, his attorney says

    Newsday "Charles B. Wang, 74, founder of CA Technologies and former Islanders owner, died Sunday, his attorney said. The cause of death was not provided. Wang was surrounded by his family at the time of his death in Oyster Bay, attorney John McEntee said in a..." October 21

  • Marijuana use in the NHL: The times they are a changin'

    Sportsnet "Fairly or not, we have an image of the GMs who sit in the executive boxes at NHL games. They’re Old School, as their average age (53.9 years) would suggest. At the high end, there’s the Islanders’ 75-year-old Lou Lamoriello. Almost to a one, they’re defined by their..." October 17

  • Isles shouldn't wait too long to re-sign Anders Lee

    Newsday "Lou Lamoriello always argues for the use of time when it's available and there's certainly no pressing deadline to reach a contract extension with captain Anders Lee. But there seems little to be gained by waiting for the Feb. 25 trade deadline to force the issue or, gasp, the..." October 15

  • Stephen Gionta back with Islanders

    CBS Sports "Gionta agreed to terms with the Islanders on a one-year, two-way contract Saturday. Gionta was dropped from his PTO with the Islanders, but the veteran will get another chance with the Metropolitan Division club since Casey Cizikas (undisclosed) has been shifted to injured..." October 13

  • Islanders Officially Part with Jan Kovar

    Lighthouse Hockey "In what was increasingly looking like an inevitable parting, the New York Islanders have placed Jan Kovar on unconditional waivers, for purposes of terminating his contract. The 28-year-old KHL veteran did not report to Bridgeport after the Islanders cut him during..." October 10

  • Anders Lee Named Captain Of New York Islanders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders were one of several teams to lose their captain this summer after John Tavares left for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but they’re no longer without a leader. The team today named Anders Lee as the 15th captain in team history, while announcing..." October 04