Checking in on the New York Islanders

Last year: 34-37-11, eighth in the Metro Division. Missed the postseason by 14 points. Key additions: Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin, Cory Conacher, Chad Johnson, T.J. Brennan Key subtractions: Evgeni Nabokov, Radek Martinek (likely) Franchise direction: The Islanders’ rebuild has been very slow, but it really does look like things are starting to change. The...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Grabovski, Kulemin post hilarious #ALSIceBucketChallenge vid

As you may or may not have heard, the #ALSIceBucketChallenge is all the rage on the internet these days. It involves someone posting a video of themselves dousing themselves with (you guessed it) a bucket of ice water, then nominating other people to do the same. It’s all for a good cause- again, as you may have guessed, to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka...
Via Around The Rink
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Mikhail Grabovski Challenges Former Coach, GM To Ice Bucket Challenge

New York Islanders forwards Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski might still hold a grudge against their old team. The pair of forwards played together with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2008 through the end of the 2013 season. Grabovski had his playing time cut by coach Randy Carlyle toward the end of  the 2013 campaign, and general manager Dave Nonis bought out the remainder...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Islanders’ Free Agency

We’re 2 weeks into July so it’s time to stop fantasizing about a blockbuster trade for Dion Phaneuf and take a hard look at the work Garth Snow has done thus far this off season. Where did he succeed? Where did he fail? Where can they still improve? Will I ever stop asking rhetorical questions? Okay, onto the grades.Goalies#468752355 / gettyimages.comJaroslav HalakThough this...
Via TopSportsReport
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Five Metro Division Signings

The July 1 NHL “Free Agent Frenzy” has come and gone and there are few high-talent players who remain unclaimed.  Every team in the Metropolitan Division has been active this summer, either re-signing their own free-agents or acquiring new players.  Many of these free-agents will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on their new team.  However, a GM also needs...
Via Beyond The Benches
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Who’s the Odd Man Out for the New York Islanders?

#468403375 / gettyimages.comAfter the surprise signings of Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin last week, the New York Islanders are left with an abundance of forwards but still lacking on defense. This leaves fans asking the question, who might Garth Snow trade to get that top 4 d-man they desperately need?First, the untouchables. John Tavares goes without saying, as does Kyle...
Via TopSportsReport
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Islanders News: BFF's Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin team up

They're no LeBron and Bosh, but Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin teaming up to join John Tavares, or Dwyane Wade in this analogy, on Long Island makes them a formidable foe in the Atlantic.via sulekha.comAs Michael Traikos details it, "They’re always talking about, 'Wouldn’t it be great to play on the same team together,'" Gary Greenstin, their agent...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The New York Islanders Snag Two From The UFA Pool

from Arthur Staple of Newsday, The Islanders waited until Day 2 of free agency to make their splash. It was a double cannonball. After missing out on some top targets on Tuesday, GM Garth Snow landed two quality forwards at once Wednesday afternoon, signing former Leafs wing Nikolai Kulemin to a four-year, $16.75-million deal and center Mikhail Grabovski, late of the Capitals...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Islanders sign Grabovski & Kulemin, will most definitely not suck

The Islanders have signed corsi-animal Mikhail Grabovski and his buddy Nikolai Kulemin to four year contracts. Grabovski and Kulemin will have AAV’s of $5 million and $4.18 million, respectively. I’ve maintained that once the Charles Wang starts spending money on the Islanders, they’ll be a dangerous hockey team. One year before the team departs The Mausoleum for the shinier...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Islanders Sign Mikhail Grabovski And Nikolai Kulemin

via TSN, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin have been reunited. The New York Islanders have signed the two former Toronto Maple Leafs to four-year contracts. TSN Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun reports Grabovski will receive $20 million over four years, while Kulemin's contract is worth $16.75 million. Grabovski scored 13 goals and 22 assists in 58 games with...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Islanders sign Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski to FOUR-YEAR deals

The Islanders have signed forwards Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski to four-year contracts. (Arthur Staple) Kulemin gets $16.75 million over four years. His cap hit is $4.1875 Grabovski gets $20 million over four-years. His cap hit will be $5 million. They were teammates in Toronto
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Still Need Help At Forward

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, A troublesome question remains: Who is going to skate with Evgeni Malkin after the Neal trade and the Jokinen defection? We’re talking about a star without linemates. Rutherford had said finding a winger for Malkin was a priority heading into free agency, but he failed to deliver one. It had been widely speculated that...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome to Free Agency

Welcome to free agency 2014. A few rumors surrounding the Pens: The Pens are very interested in Nikolai Kulemin They’re also interested in Benoit Pouliot They are among teams that have shown interest in Martin Brodeur Rutherford has said he wants to plug “three or four” holes in the lineup with free agents As for the free agents that were on the Penguins: The team has extended...
Via The Pensblog
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Four Players The Pens Should Target That Shouldn’t Break The Bank

With the NHL Salary Cap set at $69 million, the Pittsburgh Penguins have just a shade over $14.5 million in cap space per Cap Geek, and have only 14 players under contract for next season. Earlier in the week, the Penguins sent qualifying offers to Brandon Sutter, Simon Despres, Jayson Megna, Phillip Samuelsson and newly acquired Nick Spaling. So that 14.5 million will likely be...
Via The PensNation
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Ales Hemsky on Penguins Radar?

  The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to improve their needs at forward. As I mentioned yesterday ( ) Pittsburgh is interested in Toronto Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin, and would pair him up with his fellow Team Russia linemate Evgeni Malkin. If however the Penguins can not acquire Kulemin, Pittsburgh would then look at Ales...
Via KC Sports Ninja
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Latest Pittsburgh Penguins Rumors

  I love searching around and looking into rumors that may be going around regrading any of my favorite sports teams. But that is the one keep thing you have to remember and keep in mind about them, they are “rumors”. And depending on the source, it may or may not even be a reliable one which will cause you to do a bit more research into the alleged rumor. The Pittsburgh Penguins...
Via KC Sports Ninja
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pens Reportedly Want Kulemin, and That’s a Good Thing

Via the Score: “The Pittsburgh Penguins have their sights set on a winger that can play with Evgeni Malkin. That winger is unrestricted free-agent Nikolai Kulemin. … Yohe reports Kulemin and Malkin are best friends and the move seems imminent.” And, from Yohe, via the Trib: “One of the players on the Penguins’ radar is forward Nikolai Kulemin. The 27-year-old winger is...
Via The Pensblog
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Leafs Rumors: Nikolai Kulemin could test free agent market

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin doesn't look to be playing in Toronto next year as the Maple Leafs look to rebuild after last season and have a stronger team next season according to Sportsnet.Michael Miller - Common WikimediaKulemin has played with the Leafs his whole career and it looks now that he may be moving on from Toronto. The Leafs are likely wanting to get...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs actively shopping everybody except short list of 4 untouchables

In seeking to improve a club that seemed like it was good until it all fell rapidly apart down the stretch, the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to be aggressive on the trade market. General manager Dave Nonis has explicitly said that he'll look to the trade market this off-season, and trade rumors have circled around Leafs players from Nikolai Kulemin, to Nazem Kadri, to captain...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Grabovski and Kulemin in a packaged UFA Deal?

A packaged deal in pro sports is somewhat of a rare thing, but this summer Washington Capitals forward Mikhail Grabovski and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin may become available as a package, according to Michael Traikos of the National Post. Until Grabovski was bought out of his contract last summer, both him and Kulemin […]
Via The Hockey Report
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs are 'tuning' out

The media quickly dubbed it The Day The Music Died. Randy Carlyle certainly noticed when he walked through the players quarters before Monday’s practice that the high-decibel modern music mix had been turned low or off completely. The coach interpreted the gesture two ways. As a fan of ’70s-era tunes, he was grateful for the silence, but also knows his playoff challenged team...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

What Happened To Team Russia?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, •  The failure of the KHL and NHL players on the roster to blend into a cohesive team was clear and apparent. There were rumors in the past few days of tension in the Russian camp, and at the heart of it was the KHL-NHL issue. Why in the world was Alexander Popov playing on the top line with Ovechkin and Malkin the past two games? Why was KHL defenseman...
Via Kukla's Korner
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Trade Rumors: Nikolai Kulemin to Pittsburgh Penguins

The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to move Nikolai Kulemin before the 2014 NHL trade deadline. GM Dave Nonis said that his 27 year old right winger is available for trade.  Kulemin is a good checker and penalty killer who can put up points when with the right line mates. He is coming off a $2.8 million annual cap hit contract and is seeking a new contract worth $4 million a season. David
Via Hockey Trades | NHL Trade Rumors
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs bust out in third to beat Canucks

The Sochi-bound Maple Leafs are set for the Olympic stage, but Randy Carlyle hopes his whole team will remember how well it played before the 18-day break. There could be no better send off for the three Leafs going to Russia or the 20-something scattering to various warm destinations, than Saturday’s 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. It was the seventh straight home win...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs welcome new defenceman Tim Gleason to town

Call it a new episode of Glea. Everything was wonderously new for defenceman Tim Gleason on Friday, the city, his new teammates, the rink and the blue sweater. After eight years in Carolina, he was even flattered to be ganged by the Toronto media, not every Leaf’s favourite part of the day. “Usually there are just two of you,” he said of the routine in Raleigh. “This is...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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