Why the New York Islanders missed the playoffs

To say this year was a disappointment for the Islanders is to say last year was an amusement. The 2013 season was a full-on thrill in Uniondale, a heady reawakening of a franchise and a fanbase that culminated in the team’s first playoff appearance in seven years. Last year was as much an “amusement ride” as Japan’s Takabisha coaster. This year, then, was as much a disappointment...
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GIF: Geoff Platt scores amazing juggling goal in KHL

Puck juggling. We've seen it done before in advertisements and skills competitions yet, few players have challenged the force of gravity and gone aerial with the puck during games. Some have succeeded and scored highlight reel goals: John Tavares and Alexander Ovechkin. While others have simply got a hat tip for their creative attempts: Sidney Crosby and Mikhail Grabovski.Yesterday...
Via Talk Hockey
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers at Islanders game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: 7 p.m. After ending a six-year playoff drought last season, the New York Islanders hoped to take another step forward in 2013-14. Instead, they'll spend another postseason watching from home. Although it's far too late, the Islanders look to continue their strong play Tuesday night when they host another non-playoff team, the Florida Panthers. Finishing...
Via Fox Sports Florida
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Charles Wang to sell majority stake in Islanders

The Islanders have struggled to build a contender with Charles Wang as owner. (AP Photo) For the New York Islanders, the past season has been an absolute nightmare. Expecting the team to take strides forward after a playoff berth in 2012-13, the team spiraled amidst injuries and poor play, and now the fans are calling for front office changes. According to a report from TSN super...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharks show depth, character in win over Isles

Yes, the New York Islanders are buried in last place in the Metropolitan Division. And, yes, a case can be made that after their selloff at the trade deadline and with star center John Tavares out for the rest of the season, they are the worst team in the league on paper. Still, the Sharks had their work cut out for them Friday night, and not just because the Islanders are playing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares Cheers Up Fan Jake Lotocki, Proving That Sports Stars Can Be Role Models!

       It is hard nowadays to really admire athletes anymore. Some of them holding out because they demand a bigger or longer contract. Others not wanting to perform because they are experiencing turf toe. Thankfully New York Islanders Center John Tavares (who is out for the remainder of the season with an injury) gave me a breath of fresh air and reminded me that NOT ALL sports...
Via KC Sports Ninja
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares gives jersey to little Islanders fan mocked at MTS Centre

A Winnipeg Sun story about an 11-year-old hockey fan who was taunted at a Jets game last week has struck a chord with NHL star John Tavares of the New York Islanders. Jake Lotocki is an Islanders fan who attended last Tuesday’s Winnipeg-Islanders game wearing his Tavares jersey. But the experience turned ugly when he was jeered by several fans after the game, one getting in his...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares gives mocked 11-year-old Islanders fan autographed jersey

A story from the Winnipeg Sun Monday, regarding 11-year-old Jake Lotocki being verbally harassed by Jets fans during the Jets-Islanders meeting March 4, caught the attention of none other than Islanders’ captain John Tavares. Lotocki, an Islanders fan since the age of two, attended the game with his mother, and was sporting his Tavares jersey. “Every time the Jets have played...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dee Karl: John Tavares Comes Through for 11-Year-Old

When Islanders Captain John Tavares heard the story of the kid in Winnipeg who was harassed repeatedly at the Isles vs. Jets game on Tuesday, March 4th, he knew something had to be done. No 11-year-old fan should have to take that sort of abuse just for being an Islanders fan, and especially not for just wearing a John Tavares jersey in Winnipeg. No, this wasn’t right. (The...
Via HockeyBuzz
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

No Tavares? No Problem! Anders Lee Helps Kyle Okposo Stay Hot

When John Tavares blew out his knee in Sochi the fantasy hockey gods mocked us and Kyle Okposo (3 A, 3 SOG, +1) might have died a little inside. We all knew that Thomas Vanek was on his way out the door after he turned down a sizeable, long term deal from the Isles and when he was shipped to the Habs at the deadline Okie and his owners had to wonder what the hell he’d be doing...
Via Razzball Hockey
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks Game Review: Is *This* Rock Bottom?

Monday March 10: New York Islanders 7 - Vancouver Canucks 4 For only the third time in franchise history, the Vancouver Canucks surrendered seven goals in a period on Monday. Next to the 1983 and 1985 Edmonton Oilers, add the 2014 New York Islanders to the list—the ones without John Tavares or Thomas Vanek. It was quite a show. When I got to the rink last night...
Via HockeyBuzz
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

'NHL Revealed' makes its way to Sochi with unprecedented access

Eight days ago, John Tavares' hockey season ended in Sochi, Russia, and the NHL Revealed cameras were able to cover it. At the same time, on Long Island, the New York Islanders were finding out about Tavares -- far and away their best player -- going down for the rest of the year. NHL Revealed's cameras were able to cover it, too.  I've written about the show, which...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Preview: Maple Leafs at Islanders

(photo courtesy of The New York Islanders are set to continue the rest of their season without their team captain John Tavares, who ranks third in the NHL in points with 66 (24 goals and 42 assists). The Islanders (22-30-8) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (32-22-6) Thursday. Tavares suffered a season-ending injury during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The injury caused...
Via New York Sports-Kings
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Islanders: Assessing the damage of the Tavares injury

New York Islanders: Assessing the damage of the Tavares injuryThe last thing Islanders fans want to hear right now – after watching their team stumble through another season, after watching Thomas Vanek flee for greener pastures, after watching John Tavares crumble to the ice in another team’s jersey – is “look at the bright side.” But what other choice do they have? After...
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Islanders' John Tavares escapes surgery; GM still unhappy

“It’s a joke. They want all the benefits from NHL players in Olympics and don’t want to pay when our best player gets hurt.” - New York Islanders' GM Garth SnowSo Garth, don't hold back, how do you really feel about NHL players participating in the Olympics?Snow let those words off the chain after being made aware that his team captain, John Tavares, had torn...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs-Islanders Preview

As the New York Islanders begin to move on without their top player, the Toronto Maple Leafs and their Olympic star look to pick up where they left off before the break. Minus star John Tavares, the lowly Islanders attempt to cool off Phil Kessel and surging Toronto with a rare home win Thursday night. With the third-fewest points in the Eastern Conference, New York (22-30-8) already...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

8-year-old Islanders fan pens heartwarming and inspirational letter to John Tavares (photo)

A very young New York Islanders fan — “long-suffering” could be used as that is often the condition of Islanders fans, but hey, she’s only 8 — wrote a touching letter to team superstar John Tavares, wishing him well and hoping he gets better soon after suffering an injury while representing Canada in the Winter […]The post 8-year-old Islanders fan pens heartwarming and...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares will not need surgery on MCL, defends Olympics

John Tavares hurt his MCL during the 2014 Winter Olympics. While Tavares will miss the rest of the season he will not have require surgery which means he should return for next season healthy and ready to go. Tavares had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games with the New York Islanders this season and his injury was not well received by general manager Garth Snow. “Are the IIHF or...
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares Won’t Need Surgery On Injured Knee

New York Islanders fans got a bit of good news on Tuesday morning when captain John Tavares revealed that he wouldn’t need surgery to repair the injured knee that he hurt while playing for Team Canada in Sochi. Tavares, 23, sustained a torn MCL and torn meniscus in his knee on February 2oth after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Latvian defenseman Arturs Kulda: via @CJZero Though...
Via Next Impulse Sports
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

8-year-old girl writes heartwarming letter to Islanders' John Tavares

This is a touching reminder of how a sports star can connect with a fanbase in a powerful fashion. John Tavares means a lot to New York Islanders fans (trust me I would know, I am wearing this shirt while typing this). He has absolutely revitalized a franchise once left for dead. Despite a disappointing season, Tavares’ injury, and ineptitude in the front office Islander fans continue...
Via Next Impulse Sports
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Islanders place Tavares on injured reserve

The New York Islanders on Monday placed top-line center John Tavares on injured reserve. Tavares will miss the remainder of the season with a torn medial collateral ligament and meniscus tear in his left knee sustained during Canada's quarterfinal game against Latvia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. "You feel bad for him, especially how much he was looking forward to it before...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Petriw: All Hands on Deck

With the Olympic break behind us now and the news of John Tavares breaking the hearts of Islanders fans everywhere the team will return to action on Thursday at the Nassau Veteran’s memorial Coliseum as they square off with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team that takes the ice on Thursday will look drastically different as numerous roster moves will occur before then. It...
Via HockeyBuzz
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking at the League: Tavares' injury, results at the Olympics, final Stadium Series game

Image courtesy of NHL.SI.comAlthough it was another week without NHL action, there is plenty to talk about in the hockey world, as Canada claimed gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics over Sweden and Finland claimed bronze over the U.S.A. On top of the games’ outcomes, there was a significant injury to one of the NHL’s superstars and an issue of partying with a nation that features...
Via Flyerdelphia
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dee Karl: The Flame Is Extinguished

Well, that was beautiful Sochi. Great job, considering how many things could have gone really wrong, it really was a spectacular Olympics. Even the 7 am hockey games weren't so bad and NBC's coverage on line and with so many channels gave us plenty to watch. It also gave John Tavares a Gold Medal to come home with. I'll reserve my comments about that for now. ...
Via HockeyBuzz
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Olympic hockey takes heavy injury toll

The worst fears of NHL general managers came true. The intense Olympic hockey competition produced some notable casualties.The Blues got their nine players back from Sochi in one piece, but some Eastern Conference teams weren’t as fortunate. Here is the injury rundown:John Tavares, C, Islanders: The NHL’s third-leading scorer suffered a season-ending knee injury playing for Canada...
Via Fox - The Hockey Guy
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

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