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  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

    ESPN "While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for..." July 15

  • Islanders, Simon Holmstrom agree to entry-level contract

    Newsday "The Islanders have reached agreement with forward Simon Holmstrom, their first round pick in the 2019 NHL draft, on a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Monday. Holmstrom, 18, was the 23rd overall pick after a season in which he scored 20 points (seven..." July 15

  • NHL spotlight is on revamped Rangers, Islanders and Devils

    New York Post "It has been a tumultuous summer in the NHL, and so much of the action has centered around the New York area. The Devils and Rangers picked Nos. 1 and 2 in the draft, respectively, and by all accounts, both took generational players. New Jersey then traded for one of the most flamboyant and..." July 15

  • It’s time for the Islanders to meet their raised expectations

    New York Post "Think about this: Since the Islanders’ new owners took control just over three years ago, they have amicably parted ways with an embedded, complacent and unsuccessful front office; filled the void by hiring one of the most successful executives in New York-area sports history; hired a..." July 14

  • An early look at the NHL's UFA class of 2020

    The Score "Most marquee names in 2019 unrestricted free agency are off the board, so the majority of offseason excitement is behind us, aside from potential trades, offer sheets, and big-ticket RFA signings. Without an idea of when said transactions may come, the hockey world doesn't have..." July 12

  • Rangers, Islanders take different approaches for engaging female youth hockey players

    The Ice Garden "Last month, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sat with the legendary Billie Jean King and announced a “Female Hockey Advisory Committee” with the stated goal of “accelerating the growth of female hockey in North America.” Since then, the New York Rangers became the..." July 11

  • New York Islanders Sign Jared Coreau

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to CapFriendly, the New York Islanders have signed goaltender Jared Coreau to a one-year two-way contract, giving them some additional depth at the position. Coreau will earn $700K at the NHL level and be an unrestricted free agent again next summer. Coreau, 27,..." July 10

  • NHLPA announces arbitration dates

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players Association announced the dates for salary arbitration on Tuesday, beginning with Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Jordan Binnington scheduled for July 20. Binnington is among 40 players who filed for salary arbitration last week. Teams have..." July 09

  • 5 playoff teams that could miss postseason in 2020

    Pro Hockey Talk "It happens every year. Teams that make the playoffs one season, don’t make it the following season. Five teams that made the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs failed to qualify for the postseason in 2019. So, who might those five teams be in 2020? The five teams that made the playoffs..." July 08

  • NHL’s restricted free agents have proven to be untouchables

    Pro Hockey Talk "Some of the NHL’s best, young players are available. Technically. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are just a few of the restricted free agents in a bumper crop. Every team in the league would like to add any of those players..." July 04

  • Islanders prospect Otto Koivula hopes to contend for center spot

    Newsday "Otto Koivula spent one summer training with countryman Kaapo Kakko, the Finnish sensation drafted second overall by the Rangers and expected to make an immediate impact on Broadway. “I hope I will be here, too,” the Islanders’ forward said at last week’s..." July 04

  • Predicting a home for 5 key remaining free agents

    The Score "The initial wave of the 2019 free agency period has come and gone, but there are still some good players available. Below, we pick out destinations for five of the biggest names left. Jake Gardiner, D, 28 2018-19 cap hit: $4.05 million Top..." July 03

  • Islanders were quiet in free agent market, but have work to do

    Newsday "There’s still work to be done. Lou Lamoriello knows that. The Islanders were mainly silent on Tuesday, the second day after the free agent market opened, save for signing ex-Flyers minor-league forward Cole Bardreau. But the Islanders’ offseason to-do..." July 03

  • Winners and losers from Day 1 of NHL free agency

    The Score "The opening day of NHL free agency didn't disappoint, with several clubs making franchise-altering moves that might shift the league's balance of power. Some of Monday's deals were undoubtedly shrewd, but others left something to be desired. Here's who won..." July 02

  • Islanders Sign Semyon Varlamov To Four-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With Robin Lehner off the market, the New York Islanders went with their backup plan and grabbed former Colorado Avalanche keeper Semyon Varlamov. The team has announced that Varlamov has agreed to a four-year contact, but financial terms were not disclosed. Varlamov will..." July 01

  • Anders Lee returns to Isles on seven-year deal

    TSN "The New York Islanders have re-signed forward Anders Lee to a seven-year contract with an average annual value of $7 million per season according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.  LeBrun adds that the salary will fluctuate from year to year. The 28-year-old..." July 01

  • Report: Blackhawks signing Robin Lehner to 1-year, $5M deal

    The Score "The Chicago Blackhawks are signing free-agent goaltender Robin Lehner to a one-year, $5-million contract, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. " July 01

  • Red Wings sign Valterri Filppula to 2-year deal

    TSN "The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Valtteri Filppula to a two-year contract. The 35-year-old scored 17 goals and collected 31 points in 72 regular season games with the New York Islanders. In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Filppula recorded four assists in eight..." July 01

  • PHR’s 2019 Top 50 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The end of June is finally here, meaning July and the start of NHL free agency is right around the corner. On Monday at 11am CDT, a huge number of players will become unrestricted free agents allowed to negotiate and sign a contract with any team in the league. Teams will be allowed to offer..." June 30

  • Islanders Re-Sign Tom Kuhnhackl

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Islanders have kept part of their bottom six group of forwards intact just before free agency officially gets underway.  TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie reports (Twitter link) that New York has re-signed winger Tom Kuhnhackl to a one-year, $850K contract. The 27-year-old..." June 29

  • Robin Lehner to 'almost certainly' play elsewhere next season

    The Score "Robin Lehner's days with the New York Islanders could be numbered. The club and the goaltender are far enough apart in contract talks that a league source told The Athletic's Arthur Staple that Lehner will almost certainly play elsewhere next season. After the..." June 27

  • Islanders goalie prospect Linus Soderstrom puts getting healthy atop priority list

    Newsday "Linus Soderstrom is committed to playing in North America this season, but he doesn't know if it will be in the AHL with Bridgeport or the ECHL with Worcester. But the main thing for the Islanders’ goalie prospect from Sweden is just to play. “My only plan is to be..." June 26

  • NHL’s Top 12 UFAs of 2019

    Sportsnet "Did John Tavares and his $77-million sweepstakes open his UFA followers’ eyes for what might be possible if you peek beyond the curtain? The summer of 2019 will deliver no shortage of star power, as a two-time Vezina winner, a finalist for three major 2018-19 trophies,..." June 24

  • Free agent Robin Lehner says he still is focused on re-signing with Islanders

    Newsday "Robin Lehner has maintained all along that he wants to remain with the Islanders as he approaches unrestricted free agency. President and general manager Lou Lamoriello has said he hopes to be able to re-sign the goalie.  And working out a contract extension with his current team..." June 24

  • Anders Lee of Islanders expects to enter NHL free agency interview period "Anders Lee is expecting to enter the NHL free agency interview period on Sunday, the New York Islanders captain said. "This was never an intention," the left wing who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1 said Saturday. "There hasn't been an agenda or..." June 23

  • Islanders Select Simon Holmstrom 23rd Overall

    Hockey Buzz "With the 23rd pick in this year's draft, the New York Islanders selected Swedish forward Simon Holmstrom out of Sweden. Holmstrom is a bit of a wildcard pick. He battled injuries this year and was ranked 43rd by TSN's Bob McKenzie. Selecting a winger makes sense for the..." June 21

  • Five big questions heading into 2019 NHL Draft

    Sportsnet "The NHL Draft is coming up fast and the trade rumours and speculation are heating up. Here are some of the bigger questions to consider before the fireworks begin: WHICH PLAYER WILL BE CHOSEN FIRST OVERALL? Jack Hughes has long been the projected No. 1 in this..." June 21

  • Gary Bettman confirms series of rule changes for 2019-20 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed a series of rule changes for the 2019-20 season. The alterations were approved by the league's Board of Governors, general managers, and competition committee. The most prominent changes pertain to video reviews, which underwent..." June 21

  • Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello has less wiggle room in NHL Draft

    Newsday "Lou Lamoriello’s first NHL Draft last June as Islanders president and general manager was judged to have gone exceedingly well with two first-round selections, four in the top 43, five in the first 72 and eight overall. The development of these prospects will serve as the ultimate..." June 20

  • NHL draft: The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-31

    USA Today "While it’s indisputable that NHL teams are more likely to find a superstar in the first few picks of the draft than they are later on, USA TODAY Sports research shows that quality picks can be found deep into the first round. In many cases, we found multiple desirable..." June 20

  • Islanders’ Barry Trotz claims Jack Adams Award

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barry Trotz left the Washington Capitals after guiding them to a Stanley Cup championship and took over a New York Islanders’ squad that many people didn’t believe in. His team shattered expectations though with their 48-27-7 record and for that he was named the Jack Adams Award..." June 20

  • Robin Lehner delivers strong message at NHL awards: 'I’m mentally ill, but that doesn’t mean mentally weak'

    Yahoo! Sports "The 2018-19 season saw an incredible turnaround from New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner. The 27-year-old played the best hockey of his career, posting a 2.13 goals against average and .930 save percentage, earning him enough votes to be a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the..." June 20

  • Will Islanders' Robin Lehner, Barry Trotz win NHL accolades at Awards Show?

    Newsday "The Islanders’ season was one of relative team success. Of course, every team wants to win the Stanley Cup but the Islanders improved by 23 points in the standings, made the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and advanced to the second round. Now, the team will find out what..." June 19

  • Robin Lehner ‘obviously’ wants Islanders to keep him

    New York Post "Robin Lehner is due a raise this summer, and he wants it to come from the Islanders. The pending free-agent goalie starred in his first season with the Isles, posting a career-high 25 wins to go with 13 losses, a 2.13 goals-against average and .930 save percentage and..." June 19

  • Three reasons why the NHL salary cap could get tighter

    Sportsnet "I have a theory. And, after the Rangers/Winnipeg trade involving Jacob Trouba, I’ve decided to lay it out. That deal was a surprise because the Jets were asking for more, and, on paper, Trouba is worth a greater return. So, why didn’t it happen? I think..." June 18

  • Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated. The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the..." June 18

  • NHL draft: Six of the worst picks in league history

    USA Today "The NHL draft will be held Friday night and Saturday in Vancouver. Here's a look at some of the worst draft decisions NHL teams have made through the years: In 1993, the Ottawa Senators drafted Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1..." June 17

  • Rangers, Islanders, Devils Interested In Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba

    New York Post "The Rangers and Islanders are among the most aggressive teams in pursuit of Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, The Post has learned, with the Devils also in the chase. Trouba, the 25-year-old impending restricted free agent for whom the Jets are soliciting offers, would slide into the..." June 16

  • Islanders sign Jordan Eberle to 5-year contract reportedly worth $27.5M

    The Score "The New York Islanders inked forward Jordan Eberle to a five-year deal, the club announced Friday. The contract will carry an average annual value of $5.5 million, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. Eberle's production dropped off in..." June 14

  • Isles having 'ongoing discussions' with Jordan Eberle camp

    The Sports Daily "Could Jordan Eberle be back in an Islander uniform next season? That could just be the case, according to a report from The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta. The Islanders have been having “ongoing discussions” with Eberle’s camp about a new contract leaving the..." June 07

  • Cal Clutterbuck expected to be ready for Islanders training camp: report "Cal Clutterbuck is expected to be ready for training camp in September after the New York Islanders forward had back surgery last month. "It's my understanding he will be," Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Athletic on Friday, "but honestly it's..." June 01

  • Gary Bettman's War and Peace: The cases for, against a lockout-free CBA

    ESPN "Putting Gary Bettman in charge of hockey labor peace is like putting a cat in charge of rodent safety. There are just some things that are inherently, instinctually part of an individual's comportment, and there's nothing they can do to suppress the urges. For Bettman,..." May 30

  • Noah Dobson’s brilliance gives Huskies chance at Memorial Cup title

    Sportsnet "With their season on the line, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies head coach Mario Pouliot didn’t shy away from using star defenceman Noah Dobson. In all, Pouliot estimates the 19-year-old played 36 minutes on Friday night as Rouyn-Noranda defeated the Guelph Storm 6-4 to advance to the..." May 25

  • 12 NHL goalies potentially available through trade or free agency

    Sportsnet "The 2018-19 season was the year of the tandem netminder. The trend of having a 1A/1B situation in net opposed to a 65-game starter has been building for some time now and the merits of this strategy have been a defining aspect of the season. Two of the Vezina Trophy finalists started..." May 25

  • Full List Of 2019 Expiring Draft Rights

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When drafting a player out of North America or more European countries, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and they become unrestricted free agents. While this doesn’t always..." May 24

  • Six contracts with cap concerns that could be traded this summer

    Sportsnet "As a rule, even rich people hate spending money on nothing. It’s just one of those things that irks the human soul on a fundamental level. Given that, there’s understandable hesitation when it comes to the potential of buying out players on cumbersome contracts. Sometimes..." May 23

  • Islanders, Brock Nelson agree to terms on six-year contract

    Newsday "The Islanders and forward Brock Nelson have agreed to terms on a six-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $6 million per year, according to Newsday's Andrew Gross. Nelson, 27, was due to become an unrestricted free agent when NHL free agency..." May 23

  • 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