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  • 7 NHL teams that desperately need to find a goalie (or two)

    Sportsnet "As Tuukka Rask’s post-season brilliance reminds us all, good goaltending is paramount to NHL success. Of the top 15 in 2018-19 team save percentage, all but three clubs (Arizona, Anaheim, Montreal) qualified for the playoffs. So, with the needle about to drop on the..." May 18

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Yannick Rathgeb Placed On Unconditional Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders have placed Yannick Rathgeb on unconditional waivers according to CapFriendly. Rathgeb will see his contract terminated, making him an unrestricted free agent and able to return to Switzerland if he so chooses. Rathgeb, 23, signed a two-year..." May 14

  • Why Islanders must start embracing Barclays Center

    New York Post "Lou Lamoriello has a decision in front of him that no other president/general manager in the NHL must confront. But these are the Islanders, and that must always be remembered regardless of how transformative Lamoriello’s and Barry Trotz’s twin arrivals were last year. For..." May 13

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • 7 NHL teams that could threaten to offer-sheet a superstar

    Sportsnet "Let’s be upfront and clear: Executing a successful NHL offer sheet is about as common as spotting Bigfoot riding Halley’s Comet to the lost city of Atlantis. We haven’t seen one signed since Calgary dangled $10 million over two years in attempt to lure Ryan..." May 08

  • Robin Lehner, Anders Lee enjoy playing with Islanders, but future with team remains uncertain

    Newsday "Captain Anders Lee and goalie Robin Lehner spoke glowingly of the strides the Islanders made this season and the organization’s bright future overall as the team conducted its exit interviewson Monday in East Meadow. But whether either impending unrestricted free agent..." May 07

  • What will Robin Lehner’s next contract look like?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2018-19 season may not have ended the way Robin Lehner had hoped, but there’s no denying that he was one of the pleasant surprises in the NHL this season. Despite suiting up in just 46 games, the 27-year-old played well enough to be one of the three nominees for the Vezina..." May 06

  • Anders Lee among four key players Islanders hoping to re-sign "Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson and Robin Lehner can all become unrestricted free agents July 1, and the New York Islanders want them all to stay. "We're going to have to see exactly how we can fit them all in," general manager Lou Lamoriello said Monday, three..." May 06

  • Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck planning to undergo back surgery

    SNY TV "Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck may need to have surgery on his back.  Per Brett Cyrgalis of The Post, Clutterbuck said he has been battling a plethora of back problems and plans to discuss soon with doctors the options for surgery.  The extent of..." May 06

  • Lehner not ready to discuss future after comeback season with Islanders "Robin Lehner repaid the New York Islanders for the faith they showed in him last offseason by having one of the best seasons by a goalie in their history. The 27-year-old is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the top goalie in the NHL, and the Masterton Trophy, awarded..." May 05

  • Islanders won't use layoff as excuse for playoff loss to Hurricanes "A season almost nobody saw coming from the New York Islanders ended in a way nobody saw coming. After they were swept in the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Friday, the Islanders had little interest in discussing whether the..." May 04

  • Hamilton returns Nelson's head tap as series, game of tag end "The Carolina Hurricanes won the Eastern Conference Second Round and the game of tag against the New York Islanders. Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton gave Islanders forward Brock Nelson a tap on the head during the handshake line after Carolina's series-clinching 5-2 win in..." May 04

  • Should Isles turn to Thomas Greiss in Game 4?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Well, this is it for the New York Islanders. They’re officially in must-win territory heading into Game 4 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN; live stream) against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. Now that their backs are against the wall, head coach Barry Trotz admits that changes could..." May 03

  • Barry Trotz won’t rule out goalie change for desperate Islanders

    New York Post "Maybe it was a bit of gamesmanship, as it was during the regular season, but Islanders coach Barry Trotz was not ruling out anything in terms of his lineup for a must-win Game 4 against the Hurricanes here on Friday night — and that includes in goal. With Trotz’s..." May 03

  • The Islanders are completely melting down

    New York Post "One harmless-looking play. One harmful mistake. “I own it,” said Robin Lehner of his turnover after playing a rim-around that became Justin Williams’ tie-breaking and ultimate game-winning goal at 10:15 of the third period of Wednesday’s..." May 02

  • Islanders could be without Clutterbuck for Game 3 against Hurricanes "Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin have often been called the New York Islanders' identity line by coach Barry Trotz. The three forwards have often been inserted to the starting lineup with the responsibility of setting the tone by playing a physical style and letting..." April 30

  • The Islanders’ backup plan with Cal Clutterbuck uncertainty

    New York Post "With ambiguity around the availability of Cal Clutterbuck, and with their season teetering on the brink, the Islanders have a handful of contingency plans. Clutterbuck needed to be helped off the ice with an apparent back injury at the end of Game 2 of the team’s second-round..." April 30

  • Islanders give up two goals in 48 seconds: ‘we weren’t that sharp’

    New York Daily News "In less than a minute, the Islanders’ Stanley Cup dreams turned into a nightmare. After dominating the Hurricanes for the first 40 minutes Sunday in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals, the Isles gave up two goals in 48 seconds at the start of the third period and fell..." April 29

  • Islanders not worried, shifting focus to Game 2 "Robin Lehner sat in his stall at Barclays Center on Friday after the New York Islanders' first loss in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the type of composure required to sustain success at this time of year.   He had no reason to be rattled, not after he nearly got enough..." April 27

  • Berube, Cooper, Trotz are the 2019 Jack Adams Award finalists

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL announced on Friday the three finalists for the 2019 Jack Adams Awards, which is awarded to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success.” Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues, Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Barry Trotz..." April 26

  • Islanders counting on Barclays Center crowd to be 'intense' for Game 1 "Thomas Hickey knows how loud Barclays Center can be. He remembers the roar that followed his overtime goal when the New York Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of the 2016 Eastern Conference First Round. Hickey and the Islanders will try to create a similar atmosphere..." April 25

  • Islanders fared well against the Hurricanes during regular season

    Newsday "The Islanders won three of four games from the Hurricanes, their second-round playoff opponent, this season, but the teams have not played since Jan. 8. Goalie Thomas Greiss started all four regular-season games for the Islanders, but Vezina Trophy finalist Robin Lehner is expected to..." April 25

  • Islanders try to remain sharp while waiting for second-round opponent "Barry Trotz walked into his press conference Tuesday unaware of whom the New York Islanders will play in the Eastern Conference Second Round. Again. Another day of practice, another day of waiting for the Islanders after the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2 in..." April 24

  • Islanders expect Barclays Center to rock with the same playoff atmosphere as the old barn

    Newsday "The Islanders don’t expect to lose any home-ice advantage when the postseason party moves to Brooklyn for the second round of the playoffs. It’ll just be a railgating crowd at Barclays Center instead of the tailgating done at NYCB Live’s Nassau..." April 22

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy, Robin Lehner, Ben Bishop voted Vezina Trophy finalists

    Sportsnet "The NHL announced the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy on Saturday, awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.” This year’s finalists are Dallas’ Ben Bishop, NY Islanders’ Robin Lehner and Tampa Bay’s Andrei..." April 20

  • Islanders' Boychuk out 3-4 weeks with lower-body injury

    ABC7 "New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk will miss three to four weeks with a lower-body injury, general manager Lou Lamoriello said Friday. Boychuk was injured in the second period of the Islanders' series-clinching win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. He left..." April 19

  • Three finalists named for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

    Sporting News "Blue Jackets left winger Nick Foligno, Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner and Sharks center Joe Thornton are the three finalists for the 2019 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The award, named in honor of the late Bill Masterton, a North Stars player who died in 1968 as the result of..." April 19

  • Islanders use extended break to prepare for second round of playoffs "Barry Trotz has plenty of experience coaching in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, 117 games worth, to be exact. But this year he's dealing with something new: a sweep and an extended break. After coaching the New York Islanders to a sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern..." April 19

  • Islanders will play Capitals or Hurricanes in second round of playoffs "The New York Islanders advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round and will play the Washington Capitals or Carolina Hurricanes. The Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Game 4 on Tuesday to end that first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series. It was their second series..." April 17

  • Islanders will have to win without Coliseum from here on out

    New York Post "A victory for the Islanders was a wave goodbye for the summer to the Coliseum. The Islanders completed the first-round sweep of the Penguins by way of a 3-1 win in Game 4 on Tuesday night, so there will be no more postseason games this year at the Coliseum. As decided by the..." April 17

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • For Islanders’ Eberle, pucks are going in during these playoffs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not that long ago, Jordan Eberle was a guy who just couldn’t buy a goal in the postseason. During the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, it almost feels like the New York Islanders should challenge him to score the toughest goals possible. Eberle fit a puck into an almost impossibly..." April 16

  • Islanders know more work needed to close series against Penguins "Barry Trotz has been in this situation many times before, one win from advancing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Rarely, if ever, is the fourth victory easy to attain, even if the New York Islanders have a 3-0 lead in this best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh..." April 15

  • Islanders vow not to let up against Penguins in Game 3 "Barry Trotz could easily remind his New York Islanders of the position he was in one year ago, when everyone thought the Washington Capitals he was coaching were doomed after losing the first two games to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We..." April 14

  • Islanders looking forward, not taking series lead vs. Penguins for granted

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barry Trotz is very familiar with the situation the Pittsburgh Penguins face being down 0-2 in their Round 1 series against the New York Islanders. During opening round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Trotz’ Washington Capitals dropped the first two games of their series with..." April 13

  • Crosby expects greater sense of urgency from Penguins after Game 2 loss "Sidney Crosby expects a greater sense of urgency to be displayed by the Pittsburgh Penguins when they play the New York Islanders in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday (12 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). Pittsburgh, which lost Game 2 3-1 to New..." April 13

  • Inside Lou Lamoriello’s master plan making Islanders noise

    New York Post "It’s a hard-worn phrase in the Canon of Lou Lamoriello, but it’s probably never been more true than it is with this Islanders team under the first year of his stewardship. “To have success in any team endeavor, you have to give up your identity,” the Isles team..." April 12

  • The Barry Trotz problem Islanders face with Penguins

    New York Post "Barry Trotz had to laugh when he thought about how many playoff games he has coached against the Penguins in each of the past three seasons. And he had to laugh that even after he left the Capitals to coach the Islanders, he still can’t get away from Pittsburgh, with Game 1 of their..." April 09

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Islanders change ways, succeed under leadership of Trotz "Barry Trotz knew he had his work cut out for him in his first season as coach of the New York Islanders. They were fresh off another Stanley Cup Playoff miss, had allowed a League-high 293 goals last season, and saw their captain John Tavares leave New York as an unrestricted free..." April 07

  • Filppula could return to Islanders in time for playoffs "Valtteri Filppula could return from an elbow injury for the New York Islanders in time for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs next week. Filppula, who hyperextended his elbow during a 5-0 loss against the Boston Bruins on March 19 and has missed seven games, was a full participant..." April 03

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Isles’ Lehner gives 7-year-old fan stick, helps finish checklist

    Pro Hockey Talk "There was only one thing remaining on seven-year-old Jack Kiefer-Foley’s checklist. After surviving three open heart surgeries before the age of 2 and playing hockey, something doctors told him he wouldn’t be able to do, young Jack, who was born with half a heart, had a..." April 02

  • Gillies still resents the way Tavares left Islanders

    The Score "Former New York Islanders captain Clark Gillies doesn't think leading Toronto Maple Leafs goal-scorer John Tavares was sincere about his intentions with his old team. Ahead of Tavares' second game back in Long Island, Gillies joined Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Monday and..." April 01

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello calls team's playoff berth a 'tremendous accomplishment'

    Newsday "Lou Lamoriello ostensibly gathered the media for an update on the latest injury to third-line center Tanner Fritz, but the Islanders’ president and general manager mostly wound up discussing his new team’s first playoff berth since 2016. “It’s certainly a..." April 01

  • Maple Leafs’ John Tavares expecting more hostility in Long Island rematch

    Sportsnet "John Tavares is too diplomatic to say it, but it’s high time the Toronto Maple Leafs show up for a game against his former team. The New York Islanders, who clinched an improbable playoff spot Saturday night (something the Leafs have yet to accomplish), will host Tavares’..." March 31

  • Islanders clinch playoff berth with solid goaltending, defense "The New York Islanders have been one of the surprise teams in the NHL this season, second in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the Washington Capitals.  On Saturday the Islanders (46-26-7) clinched their first playoff berth since 2016 with a 5-1 win against the..." March 31

  • Islanders clinch playoffs while they humiliate the Sabres

    Die By The Blade "It was a quick, back-and-forth pace for the first few minutes on the ice in tonight’s match-up at the Nassau Coliseum. Each opposing team had two very different goals for the outcome of this game: the Islanders to clinch a playoff berth with a win and the Sabres to, well, get this season..." March 31