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  • 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 "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 "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 "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 "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

  • Islanders games: two venues, zero plastic straws?

    Pro Hockey Talk "So, here’s an unsolicited slice-of-life: this author’s mother is pretty steamed about plastic straws being replaced. In these tense political times, the stakes often feel high, yet we – as a country, continent, global community – can still get bent out of shape..." July 28

  • Brock Nelson agrees to one-year contract with Islanders "Brock Nelson agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Islanders on Monday, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 3. Financial terms were not announced. The 26-year-old forward had 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists) in 82 games with the Islanders last..." July 24

  • Islanders’ Boychuk, Bailey not worried after Tavares departure

    Sportsnet "The minute John Tavares left the New York Islanders to return home and play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, people in all sorts of hockey circles began writing off the Islanders. After all, this was a team that had missed the playoffs for two straight seasons and..." July 24

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • John Gruden Will be an Assistant Coach With the Islanders, Not Jon Gruden

    SI "John Gruden, no not that Jon Gruden, has been named as an assistant coach for the New York Islanders. Gruden, 48, was the head coach for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League for the past two seasons, where he won the league and finished with the best record in the..." July 18

  • Islanders keep young defenseman in town for two more years

    New York Post "Rather than go long term for a player of whom they think a lot, the Islanders were able to sign restricted free-agent defenseman Ryan Pulock to a two-year bridge deal on Tuesday, the cost of which was not immediately available. Earlier this summer, Pulock was extended a qualifying offer of..." July 18

  • Ryan Pulock and Islanders agree to terms on new deal

    Newsday "Ryan Pulock has a new contract. The defenseman agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Islanders, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 23-year-old set career highs in goals (10), assists (22) and points (32) last season. " July 17

  • 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