Calling him a steal would be an understatement. Drafted 152nd overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Anders Lee has turned out to be one of the best goal scorers in the National Hockey League. Having played parts of five seasons in the NHL, here are the top 10 moments
It has a been an interesting offseason for the New York Islanders, to say the very least, but the dust has seemed to settle. For better or worse, they are a very different team. Personnel-wise, the team cleaned house this summer. Bringing in well-respected names such as Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert, and Mitch Korn, the Islanders
When things aren’t going well for a team, their fans get frustrated. Scoring droughts, short-side goals, and losing streaks drive fans crazy, leaving them looking for targets onto which they can vent their frustration. They need villains to blame so they create scapegoats, or if you prefer, they find players to put into the doghouse.
Long before he became one of the biggest and most disappointing contracts in New York Islanders franchise history, Alexei Yashin was traded to the Islanders from the Ottawa Senators back on June 23, 2001. At the time, Yashin was a talented forward with a high-skill level and offensive upside that was clearly appealing to the
July 1, 2018, is a candidate for the worst day in New York Islanders history. In losing their franchise player and captain, John Tavares, the team will most likely go from a contender for a playoff spot to a contender for the top pick in next year’s draft. Making matters worse, the team panicked after
On a somber day for the New York Islanders, who saw franchise center John Tavares walk away to sign a seven-year pact with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, the club is left to pick up the pieces. Naturally, new general manager and former Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello looked to his old club (the same as
In today’s rumor rundown, teams are simply waiting to see how the dominos fall with both John Tavares and the five teams he’s meeting with in Los Angeles, as well as what comes of the Erik Karlsson trade talks. Once those pieces fall, it could make for an interesting trade flood with names like Ryan
The New York Islanders are hiring Barry Trotz as the head coach of their franchise, the Islanders have announced. The deal was first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger This news comes just a few days after Barry Trotz stepped down as the head coach of the Washington Capitals and was granted the right to speak to other
Two weeks ago, Lou Lamoriello, the New York Islanders’ president of hockey operations and general manager, relieved Doug Weight of his coaching duties. Weight, along with former general manager Garth Snow, will remain within the organization but Weight’s days as the team’s head coach are over. There were a lot of ups and downs throughout
A week after relieving head coach Doug Weight and general manager Garth Snow of their duties, Lou Lamoriello hopes to have a new head coach before the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Lamoriello, already the team’s president of hockey operations, has assumed Snow’s role as general manager. According to Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank, Lamoriello is
In today’s Rumor Rundown we look at the fallout from the Garth Snow and Doug Weight firings on Long Island, what’s happening with Jacob Trouba in Winnipeg and if the New Jersey Devils would actually consider bringing back Ilya Kovalchuk. Tavares Staying or Going? There is a mixed reaction as it pertains to John Tavares
When Bill Torrey sat down for what was supposed to be a five-minute interview, it didn’t go as scripted. You see, Mr. Torrey always had stories to tell, ranging from his time with his first team, the Oakland Seals, or his last and longest-tenured team, the Florida Panthers. But, the best stories – the ones
In order to find success next season, the New York Islanders must see added contributions from all facets of their lineup. Perhaps none more so, as proven by the 2014-15 season, will be more important than those from Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck. Following a disappointing campaign from both players, head coach Doug Weight will
The Portland Winterhawks saw their season come to a close to the Everett Silvertips on Friday night, and with that star forward Kieffer Bellows must begin to contemplate what the future holds for his career and where he will play next season. The soon to be 20-year-old Bellows was drafted 19th overall by the New
As the New York Islanders begin to clean out the lockers and head home for the summer, questions will need to be raised. From the top to the bottom of the chain, the 2017-18 campaign was a disaster, and in one way or another, things need to change. The obvious choice for many, as it
At the start of the free-agency period in the summer of 2016, the New York Islanders started to look different. As the team began to take shape, fans quickly ran to Twitter to voice their displeasure and concern. It hurt to all at once lose some of the more passionate players on the team. The
Unless you played for the New York Islanders or were a fan of the team, you despised Billy Smith. He was mean and ornery to say the least, and wielded his goalie stick like some sort of wild hatchet man. No opposing player was safe around Smith’s goal crease. Whether it was a butt end
The New York Islanders announced they have traded forward Jason Chimera to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for heavy-hitting forward Chris Wagner on Monday, according to the team. #Isles Transaction: team has acquired Chris Wagner from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Jason Chimera. pic.twitter.com/kEf8WdEssi — New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 26, 2018 Chimera is
The New York Islanders announced that they have signed forward Josh Bailey to a multi-year contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth $30-million over six years and will carry an annual average value (AAV) of $5 million. Bailey will remain with the club through the 2023-24 season. #Isles Transaction: Josh Bailey has agreed to terms on
A lot of New York Islanders fans have finally reached their breaking point with general manager Garth Snow. Things reached a boiling point as fans loudly and raucously chanted “Snow Must Go” during the Isles 4-1 lopsided loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night. They surrendered a whopping 51 shots on goal. It was
With fewer than 30 games remaining, the New York Islanders are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild-card spot. Both teams have 57 points, but the Flyers have one game in hand. The Islanders are right in the thick of things, and getting better goaltending from Jaroslav Halak. There’s just one problem, though.
In today’s Rumor Rundown, we look at a few names on the rumor mill and a team that is rumored to be selling the farm to get younger. John Tavares Still Uncertain Arthur Staple of Newsday is reporting the situation between the New York Islanders and John Tavares is still very much up in the air
We are now well over the halfway point in the 2017-18 New York Islanders season. Through the first 47 games there have been some high points, but plenty of lows. Offensively, the team is a juggernaut in which their top-six forwards are playing extremely well. On the defensive side, it’s the complete opposite. Injuries, inexperience
I’ve been reading and listening to various concerns about the San Jose Sharks and one keeps popping up. It’s a concern about current and future salary cap space. I’m not buying it. I’ve looked over the Sharks’ salary cap situation previously and wasn’t concerned. But since concerns are out there, I thought it’s time to
Mike Bossy Joins the NHL 50 in 50 Club On January 24, 1981, New York Islanders’ winger Mike Bossy became the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in the first 50 games of a season. The original feat was accomplished by Maurice “the Rocket” Richard, thirty-six years earlier, in the 1944-1945 season. Heading
It is time for everyone who associates themselves with hockey to truly appreciate that the NHL’s next superstar has revealed himself — Mathew Barzal has arrived. The New York Islanders’ forward just capped off his second five-point performance in his rookie season, joining Brian Trottier as the only rookies in Islanders history to do so.
Drafted as the 19th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, New York Islanders’ prospect Kieffer Bellows has the tools to become a future superstar for years to come. The Edina, Minnesota native is known for his goal scoring ability, as well as the physical presence he brings to the ice.
With the holiday trade freeze in effect, it hasn’t slowed the rumors that moves are coming. The focus of the chatter is on the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators, but, there are a few specific teams and players to watch for as well. Penguins Not Done Yet Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh
After 29 games, the New York Islanders stand at 16-10-3, which is good enough for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. However, there is no room to rest. While the Islanders hold the first wild-card spot, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers are right behind them. Coming into the season, not many people
With more than a quarter of the season in the rearview mirror, the question, “Who are these Boston Bruins” remains unanswered. A debilitating string of injuries have temporarily disrupted Boston’s plans for a youth movement. Rookies have been thrust from their intended complimentary roles into prominent ones before they too landed on the shelf. The development