Islanders Rumors & News

  • The Karate Kid watches Islanders clip Flyers in fight-filled win

    New York Post "Maybe it was the sight of the Metropolitan Division rivals Flyers that got the Islanders’ blood pumping. Perhaps the frustration of two winnable games that had turned into losses played a factor. And, who knows, maybe seeing The Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio, got the Isles into a fighting..." November 26

  • A brief history of the NHL pretending to fix scoring

    ESPN "The 1992-93 season is often seen as being among the best ever. Mario Lemieux beat cancer and had 160 points in 60 games. Teemu Selanne obliterated the rookie scoring record with 76 goals. A new wave of Russian stars such as Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure was dazzling fans. And..." November 24

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "Combine lots of playoff hockey and a cash-rich arena with the National Hockey League’s biggest market and you get the sport’s most valuable franchise. For the first time since 2004 the New York Rangers are the most valuable team TISI +% in the NHL, worth $1.2 billion. The Rangers generated the..." November 24

  • Report: NHL moving closer to testing players for cocaine

    Sportsnet "According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, The NHL could very well expand their current drug testing to include cocaine by the end of this season. Cocaine use among NHL players has been brought up several times in the past year. New York Rangers forward Jarret Stoll, then a member of the Los..." November 23

  • Islanders will have tough time getting full value for Hamonic

    Winnipeg Free Press "ALL of the trade speculation swirling around defenceman Travis Hamonic doesn't change the truth the NHL team that needs him the most is the team that currently has him. This is an aggravating dilemma for a New York Islanders team that has developed into a Stanley Cup contender. The Islanders..." November 22

  • Petry scores twice as Montreal is victorious in Price's return against Islanders

    Montreal Gazette "The skinny: Carey Price was a winner as he returned to action after missing nine games with a lower-body injury. Price made 33 saves as the Canadiens defeated the New York Islanders 5-3 Friday night at the Barclays Center. Defenceman Jeff Petry led the Montreal offence with a pair of goals. An..." November 21

  • NHL reportedly will add regular season bye weeks for each team beginning in 2016

    SB Nation "The NHL is taking a page from the NFL's playbook next season, as the league has reportedly agreed with the NHL Players Association to install bye weeks for every team in the 2016-17 schedule. Each club will receive a week off between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season, according to ESPN reporter..." November 21

  • Report: Wild talk to Islanders about Travis Hamonic trade

    Sportsnet "Excluding Winnipeg, the closest NHL city to Travis Harmonic’s home is Minnesota. So it makes sense that Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher has reached out to the New York Islanders regarding a trade for the top-pair defenceman. Hamonic has made public his desire to be moved closer to his..." November 20

  • NHL players were 'uncomfortable' with All-Star fantasy draft

    The Score "With the NHL announcing its surprising new format for the 2016 All-Star Game, involving a 3-on-3 mini-tournament, Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA discussed what went wrong with the fantasy draft format used at the last three All-Star Games. "I think the concept was neat. In the beginning," said..." November 20

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    The league will fit the 5-day bye break into schedules for each team between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season...

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    Hamonic says his request is strictly personal, nothing to do with #Isles. "I've been treated like gold ever since they drafted me."

  • Would the Oilers be interested in Travis Hamonic? You bet they would

    Edmonton Journal "Do the Edmonton Oilers have a shot at him? Yes, but the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks are likely very interested too after Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman revealed Hamonic, 25, asked for a trade months ago. Hamonic, a solid, two-way defenceman in the mould of San Jose’s..." November 19

  • New format for Honda NHL All-Star Game announced "The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL's most talented star players from each division, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The new format will divide the..." November 19

  • Islanders trying to trade Travis Hamonic at his request

    CBS Sports "Travis Hamonic, the talented 25-year-old defenseman for the New York Islanders, is on the trading block, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet and others. Hamonic actually requested a trade prior to the season according to Darren Dreger of TSN due to "family concerns." More from Dreger on..." November 19

  • Attendance for Islanders in Brooklyn next to last in NHL so far this season

    Newsday "The Islanders rank next-to-last in the NHL with an average of 12,157 in paid attendance per game after the first 11 games in their new Brooklyn home. They are ahead of only the Carolina Hurricanes' 11,227 per-game average in the 30-team league. They also are third from last in average..." November 18

  • NHL All-Star Game to comprise 3 20-minute, 3-on-3 games

    ESPN "Changes are indeed afoot for January's NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. How about three mini-games for the price of one? This year's All-Star Game will be three separate 20-minute, 3-on-3 games resulting from a four-team mini-playoff, sources confirmed to..." November 18

  • John Tavares scores twice as Islanders defeat Coyotes, 5-2

    New York Daily News "Commuting from Long Island by train and spending most of the afternoon before home games at a nearby Brooklyn hotel, John Tavares admits it “somewhat” feels as if the Islanders are playing all of their games on the road this season. Fresh off two wins on a three-game California swing, however,..." November 17

  • Gary Bettman earned $9.6 million in season that followed lockout

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reportedly earned more than $9.6 million in base salary and benefits in the season that followed the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, according to the Sports Business Journal. Bettman's earnings represented an $800,000 raise from the previous year, in which he..." November 17

  • Islanders dominate Ducks to end California trip

    New York Post "Frans Nielsen scored twice in the third period, backup goalie Thomas Greiss stopped 24 shots, and Islanders beat the Ducks 4-1 Friday night. Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck also had goals for the Islanders, who won two of three on a California road trip. Nelson, who had the Islanders’ only..." November 14

  • Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth comes up big again in 2-1 win over Islanders

    Los Angeles Times "This featured a break from the NHL's land of the giants, goalie division. Jhonas Enroth (5 feet 10) vs. Jaroslav Halak (5-11). The Kings and Enroth ultimately prevailed against Halak and the New York Islanders. Left wing Milan Lucic had the game-winner at 3:28 of the second period via an odd..." November 13

  • John Tavares scores two goals to lead Islanders past Sharks

    New York Post "John Tavares was looking for a strong start. Not only did he accomplish that, he finished just as well. Tavares scored twice, including 36 seconds into the game, and the Islanders hung on to beat the Sharks 4-2 Tuesday night. “We’ve been having a tough time scoring lately, especially..." November 11

  • NHL considering bigger nets if it can’t shrink goalie gear

    Yahoo! Sports "David Poile sees it as a goalie-sized panic button. “The subject that no one wants to go to right now. The last resort,” said the Nashville Predators general manager. “The bigger nets.” Through 215 games, the NHL is averaging 5.26 goals per game played. Last season ended with a 5.32..." November 11

  • Are bigger nets the right answer for the NHL?

    Puck Drunk Love "After some pretty significant rule changes in the NHL it seems like changing the rulebook is the topic du jour around the league. Everyone has an opinion about how the league should be run but the most headway is being made when trying to change the rules. The most recent topic discussed is..." November 10

  • Report: NHL won't vote on expansion at Board of Governors

    Yardbarker "It looks like the wait for the final decision on NHL expansion is going to continue. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday that the matter of adding new teams to the NHL will not be voted on at the up-coming Board of Governors meeting, Dan Rosen of reported: “Commissioner..." November 10

  • Slumping Isles bring up d-man prospect Pelech

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders have lost five of their last six and, perhaps looking for a spark, made a move from their minor-league affiliate on Monday. Defenseman Adam Pelech, the club’s third-round pick (65th overall) at the 2012 draft, has been brought up to the bigs for the first time in his..." November 09

  • Boston Busts Slump With 2-1 Win Over Islanders In Brooklyn

    NESN "For all of the Barclays Center’s faults as a hockey venue, it’s been kind to the Boston Bruins this season. The Bruins remained unbeaten in the New York Islanders’ new home building Sunday, getting goals from Ryan Spooner and Patrice Bergeron and a stellar performance from Tuukka Rask in a..." November 09

  • Capuano hopes things ‘will turn around’ for Strome and Nelson

    Newsday "Ryan Strome's struggles to start the season have led him to the AHL. The 22-year-old forward began the season as John Tavares' right wing but was a healthy scratch two weeks ago in St. Louis. Now, after going pointless for a fifth straight game Thursday night in Montreal, Strome was sent to..." November 07

  • Third-period outburst propels Canadiens to victory over Islanders

    Montreal Gazette "David Desharnais scored at 6:22 of the third period to snap a 1-1 tie as the Canadiens beat the New York Islanders 4-1 Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Tomas Fleischmann took advantage of an odd-man rush to set up Desharnais for his fourth goal of the season. The game featured tight defence..." November 06

  • Islanders John Tavares Returns to Lineup Thursday

    The Hockey Writers "After missing three games with “flu-like symptoms,” New York Islanders captain John Tavares is set to return to the ice on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens. The team has sorely missed him, going 1-1-1 in his absence against teams that they should be beating, including a win and an..." November 05

  • Islanders slip past Devils on Casey Cizikas’ late goal

    New York Post "The sky is not falling on these Islanders after all. Captain John Tavares only has flu-like symptoms — not some mystery illness — and could be back in action Thursday night in Montreal. As for Tavares’ teammates, they put together 60 disciplined minutes of strong hockey, ending their winless..." November 04

  • Islanders got very edgy about John Tavares — it’s just the flu

    New York Post "The mysterious John Tavares illness finally was revealed Tuesday morning to be … plain old “flu-like symptoms.” Not exactly the secret sickness some were predicting when Tavares missed two games over the weekend and wasn’t present at practice Monday because of what the team carefully termed..." November 04

  • Ailing John Tavares likely to sit out again Tuesday night

    Newsday "John Tavares' illness hasn't gotten better. His fellow Islanders will have to get better on the ice without their captain after scoring only three goals in the two games Tavares has missed. It appears certain that Tavares, who fell ill Saturday morning, will miss a third game Tuesday night when..." November 03

  • Sabres beat Islanders, 2-1, as Reinhart nets winner

    Buffalo News "The word “resiliency” is starting to accompany the Buffalo Sabres. “It’s a good character trait to have,” captain Brian Gionta said Sunday night. Indeed, there’s a lot to be said for teams that don’t give up and never think they’re out of it. The Sabres want to establish themselves as one of..." November 02

  • John Tavares-less Islanders fall to Devils in shootout

    New York Post "You want a Halloween panic? How about the Islanders waiting until minutes before Saturday afternoon’s game against the Devils at Prudential Center to announce their captain and star, John Tavares, was out for an undisclosed reason. Then watching as the Devils spent pretty much the whole of the..." November 01

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    Andy Graziano @tazman19

    Halak in goal. No lineup changes as of now. Strome is here, will warmup, could play for Bernier. #isles

  • Tavares out with undisclosed injury

    The Score "New York Islanders captain John Tavares is not in Saturday's lineup against the New Jersey Devils. " October 31

  • Carolina Hurricanes defeat New York Islander 3-2 in OT

    Raleigh News & Observer "No Sleep ’Til Brooklyn? Evidently, the Carolina Hurricanes listened to the Beastie Boys’ rap song, then added their own twist to the iconic anthem for the better part of two periods. It was a suboptimal approach for a team facing a Stanley Cup Playoff contender. Even if it paid off. The..." October 30

  • NHL coaches are up to the challenge with new rule allowing them to review goals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dan Bylsma is a big supporter of the NHL's decision to introduce coaching challenges this season. It makes no difference to the Buffalo Sabres' first-year coach that the new rule cost his team in its season-opening game. The Sabres became the NHL's second team to have a goal disallowed as a..." October 30

  • Islanders hit right combinations in shutout victory over Flames

    New York Post "This is one of those situations where familiarity is a good thing, and it makes the job of Islanders coach Jack Capuano that much easier. “Everybody can play with everybody,” forward Kyle Okposo said after the Isles’ most recent victory, a 4-0 drubbing of the Flames on Monday night in front of..." October 27

  • Report: Lubomir Visnovsky signs 1-year deal with KHL club Slovan

    The Score "Unable to find work in North America, Lubomir Visnovsky will ply his trade in Europe this season. The veteran defenseman has reportedly signed a one-year deal with KHL club Slovan, according to Igor Eronko of Sport-Express." October 27

  • Mikhail Grabovski’s overtime goal ignites Islanders to win over Blues

    New York Post "Thomas Greiss lost the shutout early in the third period, and then the rest of a two-goal cushion, too. The goalie was the Islanders’ best player regardless, making 38 saves and keeping them alive for a 3-2 overtime victory over the Blues on Saturday night. “We played really good defensively,”..." October 25

  • Bruins top Islanders, continue strong road play

    Boston Herald "The Bruins haven’t yet delivered a solid 60-minute effort at home this season, but they continue to be a very impressive road team. Facing an New York Islanders club that’s seen by many a top Eastern Conference Cup contenders -- and took the ice riding a four-game winning streak -- the Bruins..." October 24

  • Isles agree to entry-level deal with Beauvillier

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Islanders have come to terms with first-round draft pick Anthony Beauvillier on a three-year, entry-level contract. The club made the announcement today. Beauvillier is an 18-year-old forward who plays for Shawinigan in the QMJHL." October 24

  • Canadians do not make up the majority of NHL players this season

    TSN "For the first time in the 98-year history of the NHL, Canadians do not make up the majority of the league’s players. With an all-time high of players born outside of North America, Canadian-born players made up just 49.7 per cent of the 680 players to appear in a game in the first two weeks of..." October 22

  • The NHL's war against female fans, and the media's complicity in it

    Stanley Cup Of Chowder "The Patrick Kane case, the latest in a long line of NHL players getting into trouble, has seen the NHL media defence machine crank up again-a machine that's contributing dangerously to the lack of change in NHL culture. It's a machine driven by journalistic self opinion that needs to be broken..." October 22

  • NHL's compensation policy needs to go

    TSN "Jim Benning woke up today to find a few more million in his budget and an extra second-round pick in his holster. What did the Vancouver Canucks general manager do to make this happen? Swing a trade? Learn a magic trick? Nope. Benning rolled out of bed, put on his slippers and turned on..." October 22

  • Islanders blank Blue Jackets, 4-0

    Lighthouse Hockey "The New York Islanders killed four penalties in the third period to create enough space to bust open a 1-0 game and skate away with a 4-0 drubbing of the winless Columbus Blue Jackets in Ohio. The win was the Isles' fourth in a row, making for a great recovery from their season-opening..." October 21

  • Report: Court documents reveal former NHL player treated concussion with ice bag

    Fox Sports "TSN reporter Rick Westhead revealed an excerpt of a court document from the ongoing NHL concussion lawsuit on Twitter Wednesday, and the document reveals how lacking the treatment of concussions in the NHL used to be. Poeschek played 364 games in the NHL over 12 years, and he largely played..." October 21

  • NHL Players Poll: Which team has the worst home ice?

    Yahoo! Sports "Note: While attending the NHL Players Media Tour in September, we polled 27 skaters and goalies about a few topics in the League. Their answers are anonymous to encourage candor.) There’s really nothing more delightfully squirmy than when you ask an NHL player which arena has the worst ice,..." October 19

  • Resilient Islanders rally from three deficits to blitz Sharks

    New York Post "This certainly is a good way to start building a new fan base. The Islanders continued putting on a show on their new home ice, coming back from three one-goal deficits to beat the Sharks 6-3 on Saturday night at Barclays Center. “We want to get the fans out here, get the fans excited about..." October 18