Islanders Rumors & News

  • Tavares future biggest question heading into free agency "With the completion of the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas on Saturday, the focus turns to the beginning of the interview period for potential unrestricted free agents on Sunday. During the interview period, teams can discuss general parameters of a possible contract with potential UFAs to..." June 24

  • Islanders may compete with multiple teams for Calvin de Haan

    Yardbarker "While early reports that quite a bit of interest has been directed towards John Tavares, another New York Islanders’ unrestricted free agent has garnered attention too. David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reports defenseman Calvin de Haan has received significant interest..." June 24

  • How Leafs, Golden Knights can lure John Tavares away from Islanders

    Sportsnet "Let’s call it the $100-million question: Does John Tavares truly want to test the NHL’s lucrative open market? We know he’s going to listen to what a small handful of teams have to say during a series of meetings in Los Angeles early next week. The Toronto Maple..." June 24

  • Islanders GM: John Tavares 'has earned every right' to listen to pitches from other teams

    ESPN "New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said he's not discouraged that star center John Tavares will listen to pitches from other NHL teams ahead of unrestricted free agency, rather than re-signing with the team before the process plays out. "I have no..." June 24

  • John Tavares Will speak to five other teams about contract

    CBS Sports "Tavares will meet with five teams during the free agency interview period that opens Sunday, reports Larry Brooks of the New York Post. We don't know which teams, but Brooks was quick to point out that the Rangers were not among the five. " June 23

  • Islanders tried trading 1st-round pick for roster player

    The Score "Prior to picking 11th and 12th in the first round of Friday's draft, New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello was working the phones. Ahead of picking forward Oliver Wahlstrom and defenseman Noah Dobson, Lamoriello attempted to trade one of his two first-round picks for a..." June 23

  • NY Islanders pick Oliver Wahlstrom, Noah Dobson back-to-back in the first round

    North Jersey "The Islanders made the rare double dip on Friday in the NHL Draft. The team went back-to-back in the first round, taking Oliver Wahlstrom at No. 11 before then taking Noah Dobson at No. 12. Thus is the first draft pick under a new front office headed by legendary Devils..." June 22

  • Tavares expected to decide on interview period Saturday

    The Score "John Tavares is expected to decide on Day 2 of the NHL draft whether to take advantage of the free-agency interview period that opens Sunday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said Thursday that there's zero chance of a..." June 22

  • Trotz is next step in Islanders revival — and a big Tavares lure

    New York Post "Boy, how things have fallen into place for the Islanders. And it’s all happened so fast. The total restructuring of the organization that continued with the hiring of Barry Trotz as the new head coach on Thursday could only have been thought of as fantasy a few months..." June 22

  • Cuomo: Islanders add 8 more games to Coliseum schedule

    Newsday "The Islanders will play an additional eight games at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Coliseum during the 2018-19 season, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday. The increase means the Islanders will play 20 of their 82 games next season at the Uniondale venue they called home from..." June 22

  • Trotz confident Tavares negotiations will go smoothly

    The Score "Barry Trotz appears confident he'll begin his first season as head coach of the New York Islanders with their franchise player leading the attack. Asked about the John Tavares situation on a conference call, Trotz said he had a "great conversation" with the All-Star and..." June 21

  • Islanders, Trotz closing in on contract

    The Score "The New York Islanders and Barry Trotz are closing in on an agreement that would make him the team's new head coach, sources told TSN's Darren Dreger early Thursday afternoon. The deal is believed to be for five years with an annual average of at least $4 million, according to..." June 21

  • NHL Announces 2017-18 All-Rookie Team

    Hockey Fights "The National Hockey League announced today the 2017-18 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks and Clayton Keller..." June 21

  • Kristers Gudlevskis Signs In KHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders have several free agent goaltenders this summer, and now one of them has left the North American ranks completely. Kristers Gudlevskis has signed with Dinamo Riga of the KHL, returning to the organization he played for as a junior. Gudlevskis, 25, was acquired..." June 21

  • Islanders’ Mathew Barzal is NHL Rookie of the Year

    Newsday "Mathew Barzal ran away with the NHL rookie scoring race last season. And on Wednesday, the Islanders center was revealed as the runaway winner of the Calder Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year at the NHL Awards Show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las..." June 21

  • Islanders speak with Barry Trotz

    SNY TV "Two months ago, did you envision reading this sentence on June 19? New Islanders Boss of Hockey Lou Lamoriello is speaking with Stanley Cup-winning head coach Barry Trotz today about becoming the Islanders' next coach. Feels good to be back in the major leagues,..." June 19

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Preparing Pitch For John Tavares

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is certainly no guarantee that John Tavares even reaches free agency, he’s now less than a week away from being allowed to sit down with teams around the league. Should he not sign an extension with the New York Islanders before that time comes, teams all across the NHL are..." June 18

  • Chances John Tavares stays with Islanders ‘getting better and better’

    Sportsnet "All eyes in the hockey world are on John Tavares these days, the 27-year-old franchise centre who is just 16 days away from potentially becoming the best player to hit the market as a UFA in the salary cap era. In a little more than one week’s time, a negotiating window will..." June 15

  • John Tavares Focusing On Extension With New York Islanders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "We’re just a few weeks away from a potential superstar hitting the free agent market, but teams shouldn’t count the New York Islanders out just yet. Darren Dreger of TSN reports that John Tavares has been in constant communication with GM Lou Lamoriello, and is..." June 14

  • Why signing John Tavares is an idea the Maple Leafs should pursue

    Toronto Star "John Tavares to the Maple Leafs. The idea has been floated a million times. It’s taking on a life of its own. And it can work so that the Leafs would boast Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri and Tavares next season and be a powerhouse down the middle. It makes sense on..." June 14

  • NHL Insider Thinks Vegas Could Be Surprise Landing Spot for John Tavares

    12 Up "​This would be a huge get for Sin City. The Knights made history this year by being the most successful expansion team in sports history. They won their division as well as the Western Conference. Now it seems like they could potentially get even better heading into the 2018-2019..." June 14

  • Islanders hire former Devils executive Steve Pellegrini as assistant GM

    Newsday "The Islanders have hired another former Devils executive. Steve Pellegrini will join the Islanders as an assistant general manager under president/GM Lou Lamoriello and working alongside assistant GM Chris Lamoriello, the team announced Tuesday morning. Pellegrini has been..." June 12

  • Islanders' five best coaching candidates to replace Doug Weight

    Sporting News "Lou Lamoriello's reconstruction of the New York Islanders is underway. Lou Lamoriello's reconstruction of the New York Islanders is underway. As announced yesterday, long-time general manager Garth Snow is out, as is head coach Doug Weight. It can be argued..." June 10

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Philipp Grubauer’s time with Caps could be coming to an end

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals’ starting netminder at the start of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs might not be around for much longer. According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, multiple teams have already called the Caps regarding the availability of Philipp Grubauer. Those..." June 07

  • Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello won’t rush coaching search

    Sportsnet "There’s plenty of work to be done in Long Island. Just don’t call it a rebuild. “I’m pleased with what is here,” New York Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said of his new team’s roster during an interview on Prime Time Sports..." June 07

  • Hurricanes, Islanders interested in Caps' Grubauer

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Although he eventually gave the starter’s job back to Braden Holtby this postseason, Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer has more than proven himself to be a top option in 2017-18. The 26-year-old won over the leading role in net late in the regular season..." June 06

  • Breaking down early contenders for Islanders’ coaching job

    New York Post "A look at potential candidates for the Islanders’ head-coaching vacancy after Lou Lamoriello on Tuesday fired coach Doug Weight and GM Garth Snow: Alain Vigneault: Having just been fired by the Rangers after five mostly successful years (with some veteran-heavy teams),..." June 06

  • Highs and lows for Garth Snow as Islanders GM

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the New York Islanders promoted backup goalie Garth Snow to the position of GM in July 2006, you could almost hear the cackles from around the NHL. It’s honestly a shame that Twitter only technically existed back then, sort of like how Snow technically wasn’t fired..." June 06

  • Lamoriello's Islanders makeover begins with the easiest decisions

    SNY TV "Lou Lamoriello was in charge of the Islanders for less than a week, and he was already beginning to instill the culture that has made him a legendary figure in the NHL. According to multiple sources, change is afoot in the Islanders' offices at Northwell Health Ice Center at..." June 06

  • Lamoriello: Signing Tavares did not factor in firing of Snow, Weight

    The Score "The New York Islanders' firing of Garth Snow and Doug Weight shouldn't impede their attempts to re-sign John Tavares. On Monday, the team announced that Snow and Weight were relieved of their duties and that president of hockey operations, Lou Lamoriello, will assume the role..." June 05

  • Islanders fire GM Garth Snow, head coach Doug Weight

    ESPN "The New York Islanders have fired general manager Garth Snow and coach Doug Weight, the organization's first major decision under Lou Lamoriello. The Islanders announced Tuesday that Lamoriello, who was hired last month as the team's president of..." June 05

  • Lamoriello keeping contact with Tavares' agent

    Yardbarker "With Lou Lamoriello now at the helm of the Islanders, his primary order of business is trying to get center John Tavares locked up and away from the open market next month. In an appearance on TSN 1050 (audio link), TSN’s Bob McKenzie notes that talks between Lamoriello and Pat Brisson,..." June 02

  • St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders Extend Partnership With ECHL Affiliates

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have announced a one-year extension to their affiliation with the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers. The two organizations worked without the benefit of an AHL partner last season, something that will be remedied this year with the agreement between St. Louis and the San..." May 31

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • Teams Worrying John Tavares Could Stay With Islanders

    Toronto Sun "As half the teams in National Hockey League, maybe more, are planning on preparing free agent offers for centre John Tavares, there is no certainty he will even be available for any team other than the New York Islanders on July 1. Tavares may, in fact, be signed prior to..." May 27

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • John Tavares said to be pleased that Lou Lamoriello will run Islanders

    Newsday "Lou Lamoriello’s hiring has apparently pleased John Tavares. A league source told Newsday on Tuesday that the Islanders’ franchise player, captain and, most critically, impending unrestricted free agent on July 1, viewed Lamoriello being brought aboard as the president of..." May 23

  • The biggest Islanders questions Lou Lamoriello couldn’t answer

    New York Post "  Lou Lamoriello is now behind the wheel for the Islanders, which means things are going to work his way.   So as the Hall of Famer officially took over as president of hockey operations on Tuesday, he was not allowing himself to be rushed into..." May 23

  • Lamoriello declines to say whether he met with Tavares before joining Isles

    The Score "Lou Lamoriello clearly wasn't interested in revealing whether he did, in fact, speak to John Tavares before officially taking on his new role. "When it comes to talking with players ... I will never comment about it," the New York Islanders president of hockey operations..." May 22

  • Islanders hire Lou Lamoriello as president of hockey operations

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s expected this week that the New York Islanders will officially announce the hiring of Lou Lamoriello to run their hockey operation department, according to Arthur Staple of The Athletic. It’s unclear at the moment what specific role the 75-year-old Lamoriello..." May 22

  • Lou Lamoriello is taking over the Islanders in huge move

    New York Post "The Islanders are turning to Lou Lamoriello to take over the franchise in some capacity — as either president of hockey operations, general manager or both — according to a report from The Athletic. Lamoriello, formerly general manager of the Devils and Maple Leafs, will..." May 21

  • John Tavares in position to let Islanders’ anxiety keep growing

    New York Post "With each passing day, the anxiety level rises just a little bit. Come another month, especially after the NHL draft on June 22 in Dallas, if John Tavares remains unsigned with the Islanders, the fans will be in an all-out tizzy. But it sure seems that is where the signs are pointing..." May 20

  • Islanders teammates anxiously awaiting Tavares’ free agency decision

    Sportsnet "Pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares isn’t saying much about his future beyond July 1, but that’s not stopping his New York Islanders teammates from chiming in. It’s no surprise that forwards Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee are crossing their fingers in hopes of..." May 18

  • Tavares' teammates say his future with Islanders remains mystery "John Tavares was pressed about his future recently by New York Islanders teammate Mathew Barzal. Barzal didn't get very far. Tavares can re-sign any time before becoming an unrestricted free agent July 1, and despite saying multiple times he wants to stay with the Islanders, the..." May 17

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Only one way a Lou Lamoriello rescue of Islanders would work

    New York Post "It makes no sense for Lou Lamoriello to join the Islanders unless ownership gives the commander-in-chief command of the franchise. Any other concept or job description would be fatally flawed. That means that Lamoriello, who is expected to talk with Scott Malkin/Jon Ledecky in the wake of being..." May 14

  • Lou Lamoriello Talking To New York Islanders About Front Office Position

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though we’ve heard rumblings and rumors ever since the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Lou Lamoriello would not return as GM, there was never any confirmation that the legendary executive would actually consider a position with the New York Islanders. Now, John Shannon of Sportsnet is reporting..." May 11

  • The pros and cons of the Toronto Maple Leafs signing John Tavares

    Sportsnet "Every year, there is at least one “Will the Toronto Maple Leafs get (insert player here)?” storyline. This year’s player is Brad Richards Steven Stamkos John Tavares. You can groan about it all you want but you know this is going to get talked about until Tavares signs somewhere, even if..." May 10

  • Henrik Lundqvist would love to have John Tavares on his side

    New York Post "Henrik Lundqvist has spent much of the spring watching the Stanley Cup playoffs from his couch, using his second time on the outside of the postseason as motivation. He doesn’t plan to make this a habit and is hoping the Rangers’ front office has a big offseason planned. And if part of that..." May 09