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  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • After Recovering from Blood Clot, Tanner Fritz Fighting for Roster Spot

    NHL.com "anner Fritz is sporting a sizable scar on his right forearm, the lasting result of surgery to remove a blood clot late last season.  It was a freak injury, as Fritz first noticed some pain in his hand after the Islanders-Montreal Canadiens game on March 21, his first game after..." September 19

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • Otto Koivula hoping to make most of preseason with Isles

    The Sports Daily "Like many of the young Islanders at training camp, Otto Koivula will have an uphill climb trying to make the roster come opening night. The 21-year-old appeared in the Islanders’ first preseason game of the year Monday night, playing 11:29 in the 3-1 win over the Philadelphia..." September 18

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • NHLPA declines option, CBA extends to 2022

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players' Association has declined their option to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, which will now remain in effect through the 2021-2022 season. The NHL declined their option to re-open the CBA in August, leaving the the..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 3 risky players to gamble on

    The Score "Every year, there are players fantasy owners avoid for one reason or another. Injury concerns, inconsistency, and adjusting to a new team can all turn a once-dependable name into anything but. Despite those factors, there are always a few players with particularly uncertain futures..." September 16

  • Holmstrom takes the ice for first time in training camp

    The Sports Daily "EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — Islanders 2019 first-round pick Simon Holmstrom participated in his first practice on Sunday, after missing the first two days of training camp and all of last week’s rookie camp. Holmstrom had been listed as day-to-day by the team due to soreness..." September 15

  • Fantasy: 4 goalies who could become studs

    The Score "Among all the positions in hockey, there's no question goaltenders take the longest to realize their potential. With so much uncertainty in the crease, it can be tricky to land two proven netminders come fantasy draft day. Sometimes an increase in opportunity or a change of..." September 15

  • NHLPA’s Decision To Re-Open CBA Will Be Announced Monday

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the NHL announced that they have formally declined using their opt-out clause to re-0pen the current CBA early, the NHLPA has until Sept. 15th to make their decision on whether they want to opt-out of the current agreement after the 2019-20 season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 14

  • Josh Ho-Sang his typical candid self at start of Islanders camp

    New York Post "Calling this is a make-or-break training camp for Josh Ho-Sang would be sounding like a broken record. This is, after all, the forward’s fifth camp with the Islanders, including the 2015 camp when he was late the first day and promptly returned to his junior club. And if you..." September 13

  • What to look for from Islanders in Year 2 of Barry Trotz era

    New York Post "Even with all those question marks on the roster at the end of last season’s surprising run to the second round of the playoffs, the Islanders managed to remain almost an identical team. The club was able to re-sign three of their four big pending free agents, locking up captain..." September 13

  • Fantasy: 5 bounce-back candidates

    The Score "The following five players disappointed last season but are primed to bounce back in 2019-20: William Nylander, C/RW, Maple Leafs Nylander never got comfortable last season. He was mired in a contract holdout well into the campaign, ultimately signing minutes before the..." September 13

  • Clutterbuck ready for Islanders after back surgery

    NHL.com "Cal Clutterbuck will skate with the New York Islanders on Friday after recovering from offseason back surgery. "I think that was the general expectation after I came out of surgery and seeing how I responded," the 31-year-old forward said. "Before I went in, there was..." September 12

  • Luca Sbisa earns another tryout with Islanders

    CBS Sports "Luca Sbisa -- who started training camp in 2018 on a PTO -- is once again joining the Islanders on a professional tryout agreement, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. " September 12

  • Fantasy: 3 aging players you can still bank on

    The Score "Age should always be a concern in fantasy, but it shouldn't deter owners from drafting certain players altogether. While most veterans experience a natural decline in production after playing for a decade or so, some remain effective well into their 30s for a variety of reasons...." September 11

  • Women officials thrilled by NHL experience

    NHL.com "Four women officials had the career opportunity of a lifetime at NHL prospect tournaments this week, and each loved every second of it.  "It's more than I could have ever imagined," said Kirsten Welsh, a first-year official. "Incredible and a dream come..." September 11

  • Islanders focused on results, not predictions in new-look Metropolitan

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders are well aware of what is being said about their chances in the Metropolitan Division after the abundance of moves made by teams around them during the offseason. It's similar to what they heard 12 months ago, when they were predicted to finish at or near..." September 10

  • Noah Dobson, Sebastian Aho face crowded field vying for Islanders roster spot

    The Sports Daily "Noah Dobson and Sebastian Aho know the uphill battle they’re going to face when Islanders training camp opens later this week, The two youngsters will face a crowded group of defensemen vying for spots on the opening night roster. Aho is hoping to make the jump to the NHL after..." September 10

  • Fantasy: 5 rookies who can make an impact in 2019-20

    The Score "It's difficult to break into the NHL and contribute right away. Most players need a year or two of experience before beginning to produce consistently, though a select few make an immediate impact. Here are some rookies who will be fantasy difference-makers in their first NHL..." September 10

  • KHL To Implement Salary Cap Floor

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The KHL’s Board of Governors was busy this weekend, discussing and ultimately deciding on a number of major issues. The league approved the use of “smart puck” tracking technology, distributed television revenue to each team, and formally open up investigations into both..." September 09

  • Fantasy: 4 bust candidates who won't meet expectations

    The Score "You shouldn't completely avoid the following players in fantasy hockey this season, but they're unlikely to meet expectations relative to how high you'll have to draft them. Morgan Rielly, D, Maple Leafs Rielly finished third among NHL defensemen with 72 points..." September 09

  • Prospect defenseman Noah Dobson trying to make Islanders' roster for opening night

    Newsday "Prized defense prospect Noah Dobson performed well during his first training camp with the Islanders, though he was ultimately returned to his junior hockey team. That was last year. This year, a more comfortable Dobson, picked 12th overall in 2018, certainly believes he can make the..." September 09

  • Who can challenge Alex Ovechkin for NHL’s goal crown this season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin has been the NHL’s most dominant goal-scorer from the moment he entered the league and has a chance to finish his career as the league’s all-time goal-scoring leader. Even if he doesn’t eclipse Wayne Gretzky’s mark of 894, there were still be an argument to..." September 08

  • In NHL first, 4 women selected to officiate prospect games

    CBC "The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at prospect tournaments held this weekend. Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were selected as referees, while Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley will work as linesmen, the league announced Friday. The four..." September 07

  • Why the NHL's 'no soap operas' ad totally misses the point

    USA Today "Sometimes, the NHL makes good ads. Take a look, for example, at some of their Stanley Cup hype spots and feel the chills run down your spine. Those are legitimately stirring spots that naturally draw viewers to the game. Not as successful are a current spate of digital ads the NHL is running to..." September 06

  • Derick Brassard eyes fresh start with Islanders after he 'kind of disconnected'

    NHL.com "Derick Brassard was looking for the right fit as an unrestricted free agent after playing for three teams last season. It took nearly all summer to find it, but the center said he believes he's in the right place after signing a one-year contract with the New York Islanders on..." September 05

  • Matthew Barzal's next contract with Islanders 'will happen when it happens'

    NHL.com "Mathew Barzal said there have been no substantive talks with the New York Islanders yet about extending his contract, but he's willing to be patient. The 22-year-old center is entering the final season of his entry-level contract and would become a restricted free agent on July 1,..." September 05

  • Fantasy: 4 players who will excel with their new team

    The Score "The 2019-20 fantasy hockey season is fast approaching, and after a summer filled with roster moves throughout the NHL, it's important to keep tabs on all the new faces in new places as you gear up for your draft. With that in mind, here are four players set to excel on their new..." September 05

  • NHLPA weighing risks of poking the bear

    TSN "To poke or not poke the bear: that is the question staring down the NHL Players’ Association as they convene here for a meeting on Wednesday evening. In this case, that bear is commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL’s Board of Governors. The NHLPA has until Sept...." September 05

  • A way-too-early look at the NHL's 2020 RFA panic

    ESPN "This summer, the NHL was split into two camps when it came to restricted free agents and their unsigned contracts covered in nervous droplets of flop sweat from general managers: Those who believed this was the new normal, and those who believed this offseason was an anomaly. I've..." September 05

  • Donald Fehr: NHLPA hasn't discussed extending deadline for CBA decision

    The Score "Donald Fehr says it's essentially status quo after the NHLPA met Wednesday night in Chicago, and the notion of postponing the union's opt-out deadline hasn't been broached, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. The NHLPA's executive director said no decisions were..." September 05

  • Sidney Crosby tops list of best-selling jerseys from last season

    The Score "One can debate whether Sidney Crosby is still the NHL's best player, but judging by jersey sales, he's still the most popular. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain topped the list of the league's most purchased sweaters from 2018-19 after finishing second to Toronto Maple Leafs..." September 04

  • Jason Pominville and other bargain bin NHL free agents to consider

    Pro Hockey Talk "With training camps nearing, it’s not surprising that you won’t find a ton of great NHL-ready options in free agency as of Sept. 3. That’s especially true once you start crossing certain names off of the list with the help of context. Jake Gardiner’s either..." September 04

  • Gary Bettman elected to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

    NHL.com "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the driving force behind the League's financial stability and growth since taking office 26 years ago, is among five people who will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 12, it was announced Wednesday. Former NHL players and Stanley..." September 04

  • Top 25 NHL goaltenders in 2019-20: Ranking the best in the league, from Price to Lundqvist

    Sporting News "The age-old debate when it comes to any sport, any league, any team: who are the best of the best? With the NHL's preseason on the horizon, let's takes a look at the top 25 players at each position right now: forward, defense and goalie. This list takes into account both..." August 30

  • NHL Formally Declines CBA Opt-Out Clause

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has notified the NHLPA that they will not be using their opt-out clause to terminate the current CBA early according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The agreement currently runs until September, 2022 but both sides had the ability to end it two years early. The NHL has decided..." August 30

  • Islanders re-sign RFA Anthony Beauvillier

    TSN "The New York Islanders have re-signed restricted forward Anthony Beauvillier to a two-year contract. The 22-year-old scored 18 goals and posted 28 points for the Islanders this past season. " August 28

  • The workhorse goalie is disappearing from the NHL

    TSN "Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk led National Hockey League goalies in games played (67) last season, and finished second to Montreal’s Carey Price in usage, playing just 25 fewer minutes. Dubnyk and Price were absolute workhorses for their respective teams, but that term has..." August 26

  • Derick Brassard addition gives Isles some center depth

    The Sports Daily "The Islanders may still have a need to address their top six, but the addition of Derick Brassard on Wednesday at least helps fill a need down the middle of the lineup. It’s no secret that the Islanders were quite thin at the center position last season and the departure of..." August 22

  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • Islanders sign Derick Brassard to one-year contract

    TSN "Free agent Derick Brassard has signed a one-year contact with the New York Islanders, the club announced Wednesday. The terms of the contract were not disclosed, but it is reportedly worth $1.2-million, as per The Athletic’s Arthur Staple. The..." August 21

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31

    Sporting News "The general managers who run NHL front offices, with support from their staff, use a variety of methods to identify, develop and assess the future talent within their own organizations. Unfortunately for the general public, they tend to keep us in the dark about the inner workings, which is why..." August 20

  • Sustainability and Josh Ho-Sang’s development top questions for Islanders

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pondering three important questions for the 2019-20 New York Islanders. 1. Can they do it again? After losing John Tavares and not really doing anything significant to replace him on the ice expectations were understandably low for the 2018-19 Islanders. They ended up..." August 19

  • Michael Dal Colle, Josh Ho-Sang agree to terms with Islanders

    NHL.com "Michael Dal Colle and Joshua Ho-Sang each agreed to terms on a contract with the New York Islanders on Monday. Dal Colle (two years) and Ho-Sang (one year) were restricted free agents. Financial terms were not released. Dal Colle, a 23-year-old forward, had seven points..." August 19

  • Matthew Barzal is Islanders’ game-changer

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders have their share of questions entering the 2019-20 season but there is one thing they can be sure of — they have one of the game’s most exciting young players and a franchise cornerstone in Mathew Barzal. Even though his point totals may have..." August 19