Found January 14, 2014 on Pro Sports Daily:
Initial discussions between the New York Islanders and defenseman Andrew MacDonald’s camp about a contract extension for the impending unrestricted free agent have commenced, though the two sides have yet to enter into serious negotiations. “I would describe the talks as ‘preliminary’,” MacDonald’s agent Peter Cooney told when reached by phone Tuesday morning. The 27-year-old MacDonald is leading the Islanders with 25:42 of ice time per game and is tops among defensemen in scoring with 11 goals and 30 points on the season. Playing out the last of a four-year, $2.2 million deal, regarded as one of the most cost-effective, budget-friendly contracts in the league right now, MacDonald is due a significant raise. Exactly what sort of annual salary he is seeking is not immediately clear as Cooney politely declined to provide specifics and said he’d prefer not to “negotiate through the media.” What he did say, however, is that MacDonald would like ...

New York Islanders (current) winners in Vanek-Moulson swap

When the New York Islanders traded for Thomas Vanek in October, the deal reeked of risk. They had given up an established 30-goal guy in Matt Moulson and two high draft picks (2014 1st round, 2015 2nd round), all with little insurance. Vanek is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he came to Long Island without any clear plans to stay. Moulson, on the other hand...

The never-say-die New York Islanders

A little over two weeks ago, the New York Islanders looked dead in the water. After a December 28 loss to the Devils, Jack Capuano’s crew had won 11 times through 38 games – this, a year after establishing themselves as a team to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference. Of those 11 wins, just five had come at home – this, a year after restoring the roar in old Nassau Coliseum...

Islanders send Strome to Bridgeport

The New York Islanders have sent center Ryan Strome to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League and will activate veteran defenseman Radek Martinek off injured reserve. According to Newsday, anyone who plays more than 15 of 20 games prior to the Olympic break cannot be assigned to the AHL during the break. "The development of all our young players is important," Islanders...

Thomas Vanek likes LI, but he won't discuss new contract in immediate future

Contract talks have not begun in earnest between Thomas Vanek's agent and the Islanders, but Vanek isn't concerned. There have been initial discussions, but both sides still are waiting to see the direction the Islanders will go in the next month heading into the Olympic break and the March 5 trade deadline. "I'm sure we'll talk, but I'm trying to stay out...

Islanders stay hot with 4-2 win against Stars

John Tavares scored with 1:24 to go and Brock Nelson added an empty-netter, leading the streaking Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the slumping Stars on Sunday. Kyle Okposo had two goals in New York’s fourth consecutive victory. The Islanders (18-22-7) also have won seven straight road games. The Islanders rallied past the Stars after trailing 2-0 after one period for the second...

Islanders-Panthers Preview

Almost six years have passed since the New York Islanders won five games in a row. It's been much longer since they took eight straight on the road. The Islanders hope to accomplish both while matching the club record for consecutive road victories when they face the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. John Tavares scored the go-ahead goal with 1:24 to play to help New York...

The Islanders Embarrass the Stars

The Islanders defeat the Stars 4-2

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Jan. 13, 2014) – New York Islanders center John Tavares, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 12. Continue reading "Stars Of The Week"
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