ISLANDERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

What Islanders must do next after curious NHL draft

As the dust settles from this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, a question remains for Islanders general manager Garth Snow: What now? For a team that is focused on winning the Stanley Cup next season, the Islanders went about this year’s draft as they have so many before. They kept their first-round pick Friday, taking 18-year-old...
Via New York Post
8 hours ago

Isles’ 1st-round talent has comical family history with Bryan Trottier

Kieffer Bellows got off the phone with John Tavares, and the message relayed from the Islanders captain to the franchise’s newest addition was clear. “He told me to enjoy the moment and enjoy the day with my family,” Bellows said in Buffalo after the Islanders took him with the No. 19 pick in the first...
Via New York Post
1 day ago

New York Islanders Select Kieffer Bellows #19 Overall

With the nineteenth pick in the 2016 NHL Draft the New York Islanders have selected forward Kieffer Bellows from the U.S. Under-18 National Team About Kieffer Bellows The son of former NHLer Brian Bellows, the 18-year-old scored 50 goals in 62 games this season. Bellows was the eighth American selected in the first round and the first by the Islanders since 2010 when they selected...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Top 10 Islanders Draft Busts

With the 2016 NHL Draft just hours away, TheHockeyWriters.com takes a look at ten of the worst Islanders first round picks of all-time. 10: Alex McKendry: Although Pat Price is considered by many as the Islanders’ first real top pick bust, Price, after his legendary confrontation with Islanders coach Al Arbour, had a few solid seasons with the Oilers and Penguins in a 726-game...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

What Will the Islanders do With Jaroslav Halak?

The Islanders and their fans know how important this offseason is for the team. No one knows this more than GM Garth Snow. Snow has a tall order on his plate heading into this weekends NHL Draft and into free agency in two weeks. He needs to fix the offensive holes on the Islanders roster, find at least one top-line winger for John Tavares and do it while having bad contracts on...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Isles need help for John Tavares, if they keep pick or trade it

The Islanders scouting department finally got somewhat of a rest this spring. After so many years of high draft picks resulting from bad seasons, the Isles are now in a place that must feel unfamiliar. As of Thursday evening, general manager Garth Snow was still holding onto his first-round pick, No. 19 overall, the only...
Via New York Post
2 days ago

Islanders Need Big Addition This Week

This is a big week in the hockey world. The biggest week of the whole year for teams, regardless of how or when your season ended. The days leading up to the draft, and the immediate aftermath of unrestricted Free Agency is a chance for each and every team to not only improve the on ice product, but also send their fan base into the summer on a positive note. There is no team that...
Via Islanders Insight
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: NHL Awards, Draft, and Las Vegas Expansion Details

In case you missed it, the NHL Awards took place last night in Las Vegas, which is happens to now be an official expansion location for the NHL for the 2017-2018 season. No Islanders were winners at the awards, though Frans Nielsen and John Tavares did get nominations with Tavares getting a few Hart Trophy votes (photo via James Mirtle).  Here’s the full list of NHL Award...
Via Islanders Insight
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Islanders Announce 2016-17 Schedule

The Islanders announced their schedule for the 2016-17 season this afternoon. Let’s go over some highlights: We already found out yesterday that the opener will be October 13th against the NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The home opener will be Sunday, October 16th against Anaheim. The schedule features a lot more weekend home games. 18 to be exact. So that’s a huge change...
Via Islanders Insight
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Agent indicates Kyle Okposo likely to hit free agency

It sounds like Kyle Okposo won’t be with the New York Islanders in 2016-17.  According to ESPN, Okposo’s agent, Pat Brisson, believes that the forward is likely headed for free agency as talks with the Islanders haven’t resulted in a new deal. Via Pierre LeBrun: His agent, Pat Brisson, did recently chat with Isles GM Garth Snow, but it doesn’t sound like anything developed...
Via Puck Drunk Love
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders sign Casey Cizikas to absurd five-year deal

Garth Snow has never met a player he didn’t want to sign to a long-term deal. Kidding aside, the New York Islanders general manager inked forward Casey Cizikas to a five-year deal, worth $16.75 million, reports Arthur Staple of Newsday Sports. The contract averages out to $3.35 million per season and will keep the 25-year-old under contract until the 2020-21 season. It’s an...
Via Puck Drunk Love
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Travis Hamonic rescinds trade request

Today it was announced by Arthur Staple of Newsday that Travis Hamonic now wishes to stay with the New York Islanders. Hamonic, who is from Manitoba originally, had expressed interest in moving closer to home. Hamonic has gone through a fair amount of tragedy in his young life. His father passed away at 44 after having a heart attack in his sleep. This tragedy was featured on an...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Brooklyn bakery selling Islanders-themed bagels

The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn doesn’t place itself in a box when it comes to the colors of its bagels. And in advance of Friday’s pivotal Game 4 between the hometown Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning, The Bagel Store cooked up a tasty Islanders themed tweet: Islanders bagels waiting to be cooked at @thebagelstore in Williamsburg. #Isles pic.twitter.com/oHMIVV2Nfb...
Via The Comeback
May 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Islanders coach Jack Capuano frustrated over Game 3 finish

It’s easy to make a case that the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are the toughest to predict of the four major sports and also the most fun to watch. Eight seeds have won it all and it’s not uncommon for a series to go six or seven games. As a result, when a game is in overtime and can end at any second, it puts a little extra salt in the wound when a foul against your team isn’t...
Via The Comeback
May 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Islanders coach Jack Capuano takes puck to face

It’s not that rare to see hockey players leave a game with an injury, but it’s rarer to see that happen to the head coach. That’s what happened to New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano in the third period of their second-round series opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night, though. A puck traveling through the neutral zone took a deflection and went into...
Via The Comeback
April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Lightning vs. Islanders

VitalsNew York: 45-27-10 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1Tampa Bay: 46-31-5 regular season, 4-1-0 in five games played in Round 1Season SeriesNew York took the three-game series 2-1, with Thomas Greiss getting both wins for the Isles.Playoff HistoryThe only time these teams met in the playoffs, Tampa Bay beat New York in five games in the first round in 2004....
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April 26, 2016  |  Discuss
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