2014/15 Metro Division Preview: New York Islanders

Welcome to Buckeye State Hockey’s Metropolitan Division preview for this upcoming season! Through the next week or so, each Buckeye State Hockey writer will analyze a divisional opponent, focusing on strengths and weaknesses. We’ll also be having some comments from bloggers specific to those teams discussing off-season moves or forecasts for the upcoming season. Also, we’ll...
Via BS Hockey
5 days ago  |  Discuss

John Tavares Trending Up

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Not only was it the first extended layoff he’d experienced during a five-year pro career, but it’s also the longest he’s ever gone between games since taking up the sport. Seven months is an agonizing absence for a rink rat. And with NHL training camps set to open this week, there might not be another player in the league more excited...
Via Kukla's Korner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Injury Update: John Tavares is fully recovered from knee injury

John Tavares from the New York Islanders is 100% ready for training camp and to start playing hockey again. #474397243 / gettyimages.comThe Islanders lost their captain John Tavares during the Olympic season when he severely injured his knee playing a game for team Canada. He missed the final 22 games of the regular season after he severely injured his MCL and Meniscus. Tavares...
Via Sports Injury Alert
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Why John Tavares is optimistic about the Islanders

The words “roster changes” were said, and John Tavares’ eyes lit up. Without any more prompting, the Islanders all-world center went straight for the position that has plagued his franchise for almost two decades. “I think obviously goaltending was a big thing,” Tavares told The Post on Tuesday at an NHL event at a Newark high school, his team having signed starter Jaroslav...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

John Tavares On The Upcoming Season

from Brett Crygalis of the New York Post, “I think obviously goaltending was a big thing,” Tavares told The Post on Tuesday at an NHL event at a Newark High School, his team having signed starter Jaroslav Halak to a four-year, $18 million deal, and added established backup Chad Johnson on a two-year, $2.6 million deal. “To have those two guys set and to know that our...
Via Kukla's Korner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Player Media Tour Kicked-Off Today

from Adam Kimelman and John Kreiser of, There are a number of benchmark dates on the NHL calendar, and one of them is occurring here this week. The annual NHL Player Media Tour has brought 34 of the League's top stars to the New York area for two days of interviews, photo shoots, promotional videos and more. "It's always cool," New York Islanders...
Via Kukla's Korner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Islanders Depth Chart 2014 2015

New York Islanders C 1. John Tavares  2. Mikhail Grabovski  3. Frans Nielsen  4. Ryan Strome  5. Casey Cizikas  6. Anders Lee  L 1. Michael Grabner  2. Matt Martin  3. Cory Conacher  4. Johan Sundstrom  5. Eric Boulton  6. Brock Nelson  7. Michael Dal Colle ...
Via Hockey Trades | NHL Trade Rumors
17 days ago  |  Discuss

John Tonelli On The New York Islanders

from Katie Strang of ESPN, Tonelli, who won four Stanley Cup championships with the Islanders, thinks the addition of Jaroslav Halak and backup netminder Chad Johnson could be huge for the Isles this season as they try to make it back to the playoffs after a disappointing 26th place finish last year. “I think they made a great move getting some goaltending help. It’s...
Via Kukla's Korner
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Hockey: Point Per Game NHL Players Next Season

Sidney CrosbyRyan GetzlafClaude GirouxTyler SeguinCorey PerryPhil KesselTaylor HallAlex OvechkinJamie BennAnze KopitarJohn Tavares Evgeni MalkinPatrick KaneThomas VanekNathan MacKinnonJason SpezzaMatt DucheneLogan CoutureHenrik ZetterbergHenrik SedinDaniel SedinSteven StamkosPavel DatsyukNicklas BackstromJoe ThorntonJoe PavelskiThank you to the HF Boards community for inspiring this list !!!
Via Hockey Fan Land
29 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Islanders announce new ownership structure

The New York Islanders announced Tuesday that a group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London based investor Scott Malkin has reached a definitive agreement to purchase a substantial minority interest in the team. The Islanders team website: Under the terms of the agreement, Charles Wang will continue as majority shareholder and Governor of the Islanders...
Via Sports-Glory
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares Ready For Training Camp

from Cory Wright of the Islanders website, For a born winner and fierce competitor like John Tavares, a six-month summer break is just too long. Sure, the weather’s nice and having some downtime with friends and family is great, but the Islanders captain would rather work through June. “While the summer’s been good for other reasons, it’s been too long and I...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospective New York Islanders buyer ceases negotiations

The New York Islanders seemingly can’t go five minutes without giving us a reason to chuckle. Usually, it’s a front office decision that leads to the laughter, but this time it goes all the way up to the ownership suite. Prospective buyer, Philadelphia-based hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway, has apparently ceased negotiations to buy the team. ISLES: Source said Philadelphia...
Via Sports-Glory
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Tavares’ knee ‘back to normal,’ cleared for full activity

Some good news regarding the health of Islanders captain John Tavares — his recovery from a torn MCL and meniscus in his left knee is going along swimmingly. “Everything’s pretty much back to normal,” Tavares said, per Buffalo’s WGR550 radio. “I was cleared last week to resume full activity, so I skated with the London Knights [of the Ontario Hockey League] as they...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
April 13, 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...
Via New York Sports-Kings
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

'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...
Via Awful Announcing
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...
Via AP on Fox
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares Won’t Need Surgery, Says He’d Compete In Olympics Again

Many will use the season-ending injury New York Islanders star John Tavares suffered last week as proof of why the NHL should stop sending its players to the Olympics. Islanders general manager Garth Snow already has. But Tavares, who announced Tuesday that his partially torn MCL will not require surgery, said he would do it all again if given the chance. “For me as a player, I...
February 25, 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...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
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
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