Islanders Rumors & News

  • Islanders, Dennis Seidenberg Agree To One-Year, $1 Million Contract

    NESN "Dennis Seidenberg has found a new home. The 35-year-old defenseman had his contract bought out by the Boston Bruins after the 2015-16 season, making him an unrestricted free agent. After going through the summer unsigned, Seidenberg reportedly has agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $1..." September 28

  • Islanders goalie situation could leave Jean-Francois Berube in tough spot

    Pro Hockey Talk "The problem with having two capable NHL goaltenders is that only one of them can play at a time, and somebody that probably deserves to get more playing time is going to be stuck on the bench. That situation gets even more complicated when you have three capable goalies, all of whom are signed..." September 28

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Grabovski placed on injured reserve

    TSN "The New York Islanders have placed forward Mikhail Grabovski on injured reserve, retroactive to March 16. Grabovski suffered a concussion on March 15 against the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and has not played since." September 26

  • Johnny Boychuk misses Islanders practice with an injury

    Newsday "Johnny Boychuk missed Saturday’s practice with an upper-body injury and coach Jack Capuano was unsure how much training camp time Boychuk would miss. “It’s something that’s been nagging him for a little bit,” Capuano said following the Isles’ second day on the ice for camp at Northwell Health..." September 25

  • Islanders’ Mikhail Grabovski still not cleared to skate

    Today's Slapshot "New York Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski has still not received clearance to begin skating again, following a concussion sustained in February. Newday’s Arthur Staple reported the news on the opening day of the Islanders training camp on Thursday, with the organisation also declining to..." September 22

  • Strome Agrees To Two-Year Deal

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders announced today that Ryan Strome has agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Strome, 23, scored 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 71 games last season with the Islanders. The Mississauga, ON, native added four points (one goal, three assists) in eight Stanley Cup Playoff..." September 20

  • Hamonic 'happy as hell' to still be with Islanders

    Newsday "Travis Hamonic was finishing his annual drive from Winnipeg to Long Island on Wednesday morning. He turned to Stephanie, his wife of two months, and said simply: “It feels like home.” There were only conflicted feelings for the Islanders defenseman at this time last year. He had arrived..." September 18

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Islanders prospect Mathew Barzal an early arrival

    Newsday "The early arrivals to Long Island for informal Islanders skates are normally veterans, players with families that need to get settled in the area or ones with fairly certain roles on the team once training camp begins a week or two down the road. Mathew Barzal does not fit either category. Yet..." September 16

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Isles considering camp PTO for Gionta

    Pro Hockey Talk "Stephen Gionta, who appeared in all 82 games for the Devils last season, is reportedly in discussions with the Isles about attending training camp on a PTO, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple. Gionta, 32, is best known as the younger brother of Sabres captain Brian Gionta, but has forged out a decent..." September 09

  • Tavares continues to shoot down Leafs-based UFA speculation

    Today's Slapshot "No matter how many times John Tavares declares his intention to stay with the New York Islanders, the speculation and hope that he might sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs refuse to die. Tavares, who can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018, would be eligible to sign up to an..." September 07

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Tavares continues to shoot down Leafs-based UFA speculation

    Today's Slapshot "No matter how many times John Tavares declares his intention to stay with the New York Islanders, the speculation and hope that he might sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs refuse to die. Tavares, who can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018, would be eligible to sign up to an..." September 06

  • For Tavares and Stamkos, a chance to complete some unfinished business

    Toronto Sun "Come Sept. 17, two of the Greater Toronto Area's most gifted hockey-playing native sons will step onto the Air Canada Centre ice, beaming with pride at being able to wear that beloved maple leaf on their chests. Sorry, Toronto, but not THAT maple leaf. The logo in question here is red and..." September 06

  • Islanders’ pact gives team a Barclays opt-out after 3 seasons

    Newsday "The Islanders could leave the Barclays Center after just three seasons in Brooklyn if the team triggers an opt-out clause in its license agreement, according to a summary of the pact obtained by Newsday. The summary also reveals an approximate six-month window for the two sides to renegotiate..." September 06

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Chris Lamoriello named New York Islanders' director of player personnel

    Newark Star-Ledger "Like his father last summer, Chris Lamoriello has found his next role in hockey. The former Devils executive and son of former Devils' general manager and president, Lou Lamoriello, was named as the director of player personnel of the New York Islanders on Friday." August 28

  • Islanders Hire Chris Lamoriello As Director Of Player Personnel

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Islanders have brought in a famous hockey name to join Garth Snow in the front office. Chris Lamoriello, son of Toronto Maple Leafs’ GM Lou Lamoriello has been hired as the new director of player personnel in New York. The younger Lamoriello has been part of the New Jersey Devils..." August 26

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Tavares still processing departures of Okposo, Nielsen

    Newsday "Islanders captain John Tavares knows how much his team has changed this summer. Although longtime teammates and friends Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin departed in free agency July 1 and Tavares knew long before then that there was a chance all three could leave, it’s still hard for him..." August 21

  • Vesey's met with all teams on his list, will discuss options Thursday

    The Score "The clock is ticking, Jimmy. As the hockey world patiently awaits what will prove to be a very drawn-out decision by Jimmy Vesey, ESPN's Joe McDonald reports that the 23-year-old Harvard product has met with all the teams on his short list." August 18

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • Leafs, Devils, Pens, Isles Get First Jimmy Vesey Meetings, Columbus in Mix

    The Hockey Writers "At 12:01am Tuesday, Harvard standout Jimmy Vesey (along with a handful of other former collegiate skaters) became a free agent. While Vesey isn’t going to change a team’s fortunes, he’s a talented player who can improve a forward group. Importantly, acquiring the 23-year-old won’t cost anything..." August 16

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • John Tavares has no desire to leave Islanders when contract is up

    Newsday "John Tavares saw three close friends scatter for new NHL homes on July 1, but the Islanders’ captain has no thoughts of following suit when his contract is up after the 2017-18 season. “I don’t really have any reason to leave and I think we have a great makeup and a team that can do something..." August 16

  • Brendan Burke to replace Howie Rose as Islanders play-by-play announcer

    Newsday "MSG Networks plans to announce Thursday that Brendan Burke will succeed Howie Rose as the Islanders’ primary television play-by-play man, working alongside analyst Butch Goring. Burke, 32, most recently was the radio play-by-play man for the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. He..." August 11

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Nassau County hoping to lure Islanders back the Coliseum

    The Hockey News "There continues to be talk about the potential for the New York Islanders to leave the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and find a new home in or around New York City, with some speculating a potential move to Queens. However, the Islanders’ former home would reportedly gladly welcome the team..." August 09

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Tavares: 'Would not count on' me joining Maple Leafs

    The Score "First, it was Steven Stamkos spurning the Toronto Maple Leafs to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now, another superstar forward says he isn't planning to play for his hometown team. John Tavares put any lingering doubts about his future to rest and dashed the hopes of Maple Leafs fans in an..." July 27

  • Islanders bring back forward Eric Boulton on 1-year deal

    Lighthouse Hockey "An annual rite around here is to guess (and then share) when another one-year deal for Eric Boulton will be announced and exactly what role with the New York Islanders it will entail. If you had "July 22, as a Bridgeport and general locker room sage," you may collect your eternal winnings at..." July 23

  • Islanders eye Belmont Park as site for possible new arena, sources say

    Newsday "The New York Islanders are in discussions with state officials about building a new hockey arena at Belmont Park in Elmont, a move that would bring the team back to Nassau after they left to play in Brooklyn last year, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. The sources confirmed..." July 23

  • Former Islander Matt Donovan signs with Frolunda

    Pro Hockey Talk "Former Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan is leaving the NHL. He signed a one-year contract with the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish League. Donovan was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Islanders. He played 67 games with New York between 2011-12 and 2014-15, but was..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • NHL’s Islanders Are Considering a Move to Queens With Mets Help

    Bloomberg "The New York Islanders are in talks with the owners of baseball’s New York Mets about building a hockey arena adjacent to Citi Field in Queens, people with knowledge of the discussions said. Willets Point is emerging as a persuasive alternative to the team’s current home at Brooklyn’s Barclays..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Islanders co-owner: Tavares won't be a free agent in 2018

    The Score "Unlike Steven Stamkos in Tampa, there will be no suspense when it comes to whether John Tavares will re-sign with the New York Islanders. This according to new co-owner Jon Ledecky, who maintains the franchise center and team captain is "not going to be a free agent" when his contract with the..." July 18

  • Islanders’ new owners willing to spend more for free agents

    Newsday "The first sign that things had changed with the Islanders did not come this past week, when new majority co-owner Jon Ledecky spoke boldly and loudly about making sure the team has every resource available to improve. No, it came in the opening minutes of free agency on July 1, the day that..." July 17

  • Quine Agrees To Two-Year Deal

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders announced today that Alan Quine has agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Quine, 23, made his NHL debut last season with the Islanders, appearing in the club’s final two regular-season games and all 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Belleville, ON, native scored six points..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Isles Re-Sign Scott Mayfield To Two-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to this tweet from Arthur Staple of Newsday, the New York Islanders have re-signed RFA defenseman Scott Mayfield to a two-year, one-way deal. The contract comes with a guaranteed AAV of $650K per season. With Mayfield on board, the Isles would now seem to have a bit of a logjam at the..." July 12

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11