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  • 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

    NHL.com "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

  • Anders Lee Discussing Long-Term Extension With Islanders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders have had their fill of priority free agents walking away, after John Tavares abandoned the team this off-season. New GM Lou Lamoriello and the Isles seem to want to get ahead of the situation with their next core player whose eligible to depart. The..." October 03

  • Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss in close race for No. 1 Islanders goalie

    Newsday "Robin Lehner gets the start in the Islanders’ final preseason game against the Sabres on Friday night in Oshawa, Ontario, giving him five to Thomas Greiss’ three. New coach Barry Trotz clearly doesn’t have a clear-cut No. 1 goalie quite yet. But the plan is to have..." September 28

  • Ladd won't be ready to start the season

    Yardbarker "Islanders winger Andrew Ladd continues to miss practice due to an undisclosed injury but GM Lou Lamoriello told reporters, including Newsday’s Andrew Gross (Twitter link), that although Ladd won’t be ready to start the season, LTIR is not a consideration at this point...." September 27

  • Islanders sign defenseman Luca Sbisa

    Last Word On Hockey "The New York Islanders signed free-agent defenseman Luca Sbisa to a one-year deal. Earlier this off-season, Sbisa was invited to Islanders camp on a Professional Try-Out. He showed enough in camp to earn a deal with the team. Financial Terms have not yet been..." September 24

  • Islanders’ free agents have plenty to prove to Lou Lamoriello

    New York Post "If there is one thing the Islanders have in abundance going into this season it’s flexibility. New team president Lou Lamoriello is strapped with the task of rebuilding this once-proud franchise that has fallen into disrepair. In doing so, he has not committed to any player long..." September 23

  • NHL not tough enough with preseason suspensions

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the court of public opinion the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is always going to be a no-win position. Their job is a brutally difficult, thankless one that by its very nature is going to anger almost everyone watching the NHL. No player receiving a..." September 21

  • Islanders' Devon Toews, Kieffer Bellows making a case for roster spots

    Newsday "Defenseman Devon Toews and left wing Kieffer Bellows are starting to stand out among the young prospects competing for a roster spot with the Islanders. At the very least, both have shown a comfort level in the NHL preseason. “They look really good,” veteran left..." September 21

  • Luca Sbisa believes Isles present the 'best chance' for him to play

    Newsday "The Islanders have several defense prospects challenging for a roster spot. And then there’s Luca Sbisa. The 28-year-old Italian, who grew up in Switzerland, has 495 games of NHL experience with the Flyers, Ducks, Canucks and Golden Knights and was part of Vegas’..." September 19

  • Tavares responds to Lou: 'I have no regrets in the way I performed'

    The Score "John Tavares acknowledges that he deserves blame for the New York Islanders' shortcomings during his tenure, and wishes the team had accomplished more, but he's at peace with his contributions. The Toronto Maple Leafs forward expressed as much when asked if he was surprised by..." September 16

  • Islanders goalie Robin Lehner details suicidal state amid addiction, bipolar battles

    USA Today "New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner opened up about a suicidal state he found himself in this past spring as a result of an untreated bipolar disorder and a crippling battle with addiction. "I wanted to kill myself. I was extremely close multiple times," Lehner wrote in..." September 13

  • Islanders GM Lamoriello moving on from Tavares: ‘Teams win, not players’

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders are moving into a new era as the team gets set to open training camp and start a new season without John Tavares for the first time since 2009. After losing Tavares in free agency, new general manager Lou Lamoriello got busy adding to his..." September 12

  • Luca Sbisa Skating With New York Islanders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though it’s not clear if a professional tryout (or even a full contract) is incoming, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports that free agent defenseman Luca Sbisa is present at the New York Islanders veteran skate today. Sbisa is one of the more interesting free agents left..." September 10

  • Beauvillier expected to step up for offensively for team

    Yardbarker "Despite the loss of star John Tavares, the New York Islanders still are coming off a season in which the team was tied for seventh in goals scored. Throw in a Stanley Cup winning coach in Barry Trotz and don’t be surprised if the Islanders are competitive after all this year. While many..." September 09

  • Lamoriello, Trotz changing Isles' team culture and players have noticed

    Newsday "It’s easy to see some of the differences in Lou’s World. The Islanders, to a man, are now clean shaven and some have been re-assigned to more traditional jersey numbers. The charter flights will no longer include the Islanders’ broadcasting crews or other..." September 09

  • Islanders' Ho-Sang scraps controversial jersey number

    The Score "There won't be an uproar over Josh Ho-Sang's jersey number this season. After wearing No. 66 through his first two years with the New York Islanders, Ho-Sang has switched to No. 26 for the coming campaign. Ho-Sang's new look comes as part of a series of..." September 09

  • Leafs’ John Tavares on return to New York: I hope it’s positive

    Sportsnet "New Toronto Maple Leafs centre John Tavares is in lookahead mode right now. He signed with his hometown team this summer, leaving the organization where he spent his entire nine-year NHL career. And, in addition to adjusting to life in a new city, he’s also a newlywed. But as..." September 08

  • Islanders bringing back Dennis Seidenberg for tryout

    Last Word On Hockey "The New York Islanders have signed veteran defencemen Dennis Seidenberg to a PTO. Seidenberg will have a chance to earn a contract during training camp and the Islanders pre-season. Over his 15-year NHL career, Seidenberg has played for the Philadephia Flyers, then then-Phoenix..." September 08

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • IDA approves tax breaks for Islanders' $10 million Coliseum upgrade plan

    Newsday "The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency voted to approve tax breaks for the New York Islanders Wednesday night on a nearly $10 million planned renovation at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum. BSE Global, formerly Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which operates the Coliseum..." September 06

  • Eberle not talking contract with Islanders

    NHL.com "Jordan Eberle said there has yet to be any dialogue with the New York Islanders about a contract extension. The 28-year-old forward is entering the final season of a six-year, $36 million contract he signed as a member of the Edmonton Oilers on Aug. 30, 2012, and can become an..." September 04

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • Trotz: Islanders can score ‘with John Tavares or without John Tavares’

    Sportsnet "What a difference a couple months make. On June 7, Barry Trotz was lifting the Stanley Cup alongside his Washington Capitals, whom he’d led from the bench for four seasons. Eleven days later, the veteran head coach resigned from the organization as a result of a contract..." August 19

  • Bryan Berard Suing NHL for Not Protecting Him from Brain Injuries During Career

    Bleacher Report "Former hockey star Bryan Berard has filed a lawsuit against the NHL for failing to protect him from brain injuries during his career, according to TMZ Sports. "The time has come for the NHL to not only care for those former players on whose backs and..." August 17

  • Flyers will face New York Islanders again in annual rookie game

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "While the Flyers have not announced the start of their rookie and training camp, they did provide an indication Tuesday of when the camps will be. For the third straight season, the Flyers and New York Islanders will square off Sept. 12 in their annual rookie game. This time, it..." August 15

  • Barzal, Islanders have bright future, Trottier says

    NHL.com "Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders have a bright future despite the departure of John Tavares, Hockey Hall of Fame center Bryan Trottier said Monday.  Trottier, who won four consecutive Stanley Cup championships with the Islanders from 1980-83, said Barzal, the reigning..." August 13

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • Islanders sign draft pick Noah Dobson to 3-year entry level contract

    Newsday "The Islanders have one of their top draft picks under contract. Noah Dobson signed a three-year entry level deal with the Islanders, the team announced Monday. The 18-year-old was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft in June. Dobson comes to the..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Dobson gains confidence before Islanders training camp at Summer Showcase

    NHL.com "Noah Dobson had made a fan of Canada coach Tim Hunter before the World Junior Summer Showcase this week at Sandman Centre. Dobson, an 18-year-old defenseman selected by the New York Islanders with the No. 12 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, scored two goals in Canada's 4-3 win against..." August 04

  • Islanders prospect Wahlstrom to attend Boston College

    NHL.com "Oliver Wahlstrom will not attend training camp for the New York Islanders this fall and instead report to Boston College for his freshman season. The right wing, who was selected by the Islanders with the No. 11 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, had 94 points (48 goals, 46 assists) in 62..." July 29