Found September 09, 2013 on Sports Blog Net:
[caption id="attachment_183" align="alignleft" width="300"] image provided by[/caption] Earlier today, the Islanders held a press conference to announce the naming of star center John Tavares as the 14th captain in team history. This was one of the worst kept secrets in the NHL. Everyone knew that the Isles were going to name Tavares captain, and this was confirmed by Newsday beat writer Arthur Staple early last week. After rotating through captains the last handful of seasons, from Bill Guerin to Doug Weight to Mark Streit, the Isles should (hopefully) have their captain set for a very long time now. At the very least, the Isles have their captain for the next five seasons, although I would be surprised if Tavares does not spend his entire career here. Consistent leadership is needed for teams to be successful, and the Isles have the face of the franchise as the leader now. There was no doubt as to who would be named captain to replace Streit either. Tavares, has become a superstar in the NHL, and he has grown into one of the leaders on this team more and more every season. The team looks to Tavares for leadership, and the coaching staff realized this last season by increasing Tavares' leadership role by naming him an alternate captain. The only other options were Kyle Okposo and Travis Hamonic. Okposo, has had a history of slow starts though. His play is paramount to the Isles success too, so why put the added pressure of being the team captain on him? We all know Okposo is one of the young leaders on this team, so leave him be as an alternate captain and not put the added pressure of being the captain on him. As the backbone of the defense, Hamonic could have been named captain. Hamonic, is still growing and developing his game at the NHL level though, so why put that extra pressure on him either, especially after never even being an alternate captain? Let him continue to lead the defense next year, while giving him the "A" Tavares has now vacated. No player on the Isles' roster has had more attention and media scrutiny on him either than Tavares. He knows how to deal with the pressure and media more than any other player the Isles have, which also makes him the perfect fit to be the new captain. Follow me on Twitter: @ed_omalley

Islanders name Tavares captain

Dynamic center John Tavares is the new captain of the New York Islanders. Tavares, who turns 23 this month, is the 14th captain in team history. He succeeds defenseman Mark Streit, who left as a free agent to join the Philadelphia Flyers. Tavares has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his first four NHL seasons. He had 28 goals - third most in the league - and 47 points while...

John Tavares Named Captain Of The New York Islanders

from the New York Islanders, The New York Islanders announced today that center John Tavares has been named the 14th captain in the organization’s 42-year history. Tavares has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his first four National Hockey League seasons. The Islanders’ first overall selection in the 2009 NHL Draft will turn 23 on September 20. “John has...

Islanders name Tavares 14th team captain

The New York Islanders on Monday announced John Tavares as the 14th captain in franchise history during a press conference at Bethpage State Park Golf Course in Farmingdale N.Y. Tavares who turns 23 on Sept. 20 replaces defenseman Mark Streit who was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in June. "I'm honored to be named captain of the New York Islanders" Tavares said...

Dan Petriw: John Tavares Named 14th Captain in Islanders History

With the start of training camp only a day away the Islanders officially named John Tavares the 14th captain in team history. This summer when Mark Streit was not resigned and ultimately traded to the Flyers we all knew who the clear cut captain was to lead the organization forward. Islanders' captains in the past have racked about many accolades including All-star berths, post...

Report: Tim Thomas ‘Closing In’ on Decision, Reportedly Choosing Between Multiple Teams

Apparently there is still a market for a 39-year-old goaltender coming off of a season off. When that goalie is a two-time Vezina winner who has a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe to his name, though, it’s likely somebody can get over that first part. ESPN’s Craig Custance reported Tuesday morning that there are teams interested in Tim Thomas and that the veteran will make a decision...

Brad Boyes To Panthers Camp, Radek Martinek To Islanders by   Steven Ellis

37-year-old Czech defenseman Radek Martinek will join the Islanders training camp on a try-out, while goal scoring forward Brad Boyes will be heading to Florida’s camp. Martinek was selected by the New York Islanders in the 8th round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.  The Czech native has put up  107 career points in the NHL, 25 of those were [...]

John Tavares named captain of the Islanders

Image Source: Andy Marlin/Getty Images North AmericaThe New York Islanders have officially named John Tavares as their captain."Tavares is the 14th captain in Islanders history. The 22-year-old is one of the rising stars in the NHL as he had 47 points in 48 games including 28 goals in 2013 after a 31 goal, 81 point season in 2011-12. Look for the new Islanders captain to surpass...

Some PTO Talk

Brad Boyes, 10 goals with #nyIslanders last year, on tryout with #FlaPanthers per roster release — George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) September 10, 2013   Just got confirmation Steinbach product Ian White will attend #NHLJets camp on a pro tryout offer. White, 29, has 45G, 179P in 503 NHL GP — Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) September 10, 2013   Tim...

Islander Country Talks Isles Hockey With Andy Graziano and Daniel Friedman

Training camp is set to open today, with players set to take their physicals at Nassau Coliseum. Tomorrow, the Isles will hit the ice for the first time. The first day on ice will be at Barclays Center over in Brooklyn. The remainder of camp will then be held at the Coliseum and IceWorks. Islander Country had the chance to talk about the upcoming season recently with Andy Graziano...

Season Preview: Breaking Down the Islander Forwards

Last season, the Isles finished in the top ten in the league in goals scored. Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo's emergence over the second half of last season was a big reason for this. Michael Grabner's 16 goals scored on the third line was another huge reason the Isles were so much better offensively last season. The core of forwards is growing and getting deeper, but Garth...

2013-14 NHL Season Preview: New York Islanders

This 2013-14 NHL season preview features the New York Islanders. The Islanders have been an NHL laughing stock during the salary cap era, having missed the playoffs 5 consecutive times leading into last season. With a growing number of solid young players led by John Tavares, the Isles finally took the next step and made the playoffs. They were an exciting team to watch and surprised...

Dee Karl: Isles Invites

As per Art Staple of Newsday's Twitter feed, there are a few players being invited to Isles training camp which begins tomorrow in Brooklyn. The first is Radek Martinek, who is skating with the boys at IceWorks today along with ex-NYI Miro Satan. Staple mentions Satan does not have a golden ticket invite. Understandably, Martinek is a good insurance policy. He also mentions...

10 Signings You Can Live With

from Ian Mendes of the Ottawa Citizen,  This week, we examine the 10 best contracts in the league right now: players who will have no problem living up to the dollar figures in their deals. 1. John Tavares (5 more seasons, $5.5 m cap hit) The Islanders haven’t made a lot of smart business decisions over the past two decades, but locking up Tavares to a long-term deal...
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