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
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
With the Islanders looking less and less like a Cup contender as the 2015-16 season winds to a close, a familiar feeling has crept up within the team’s fanbase. The organization may be wasting the prime of John Tavares’ career. Since drafting the wunderkind in 2009, the Islanders have made the playoffs two times in six
The New York Islanders draft class history has been an interesting one to say the least. On the eve of the 2016 NHL Draft, we look back at their top draft classes in history. 1972 New York Islanders Draft Class Bill Smith. The Islanders, along with the Atlanta Flames, became the 13th and 14th teams
Through 13 games, the New York Islanders are 7-5-1, coming off a brutal loss in the last few minutes to the Washington Capitals. That 4-3 loss was highlighted by the poor play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who made only 15 saves on 19 shots in a game the Islanders dominated. It was the third game
When the Islanders announced last week that they were demoting Josh Ho-Sang to their AHL-affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Isles fans took to social media (especially Twitter) to express their vehement opposition to the move. A 21-game stint last season provided glimpses of Ho-Sang’s game-breaking and play-making ability. His assertive confidence (read: not overt cockiness) in
It’s July 5, 2018. The nightmare was real. You woke up to see that yesterday’s news was not fake. John Tavares has signed his next contract in the NHL, and it was not with the New York Islanders. What happens next? What can the franchise possibly do? Losing their heart and soul, captain—and with due
This article was originally written in March, 2015. Remember Rob Schremp? Schremp was once touted as one of the NHL’s most promising young players. He was a gifted playmaker and goal scorer who was well known for his magical hands. However, Schremp failed to translate his tremendous play in the junior ranks into a long
Following a subpar road trip with a 2-1 record, the New York Islanders had an off day Tuesday before embarking on a three-game road trip in California with matchups against the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, and Los Angeles Kings, respectively. Alternate captain and right wing Cal Clutterbuck was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body
Love him or hate him, Josh Ho-Sang has caught the attention of a number of fans and drew a lot of criticism for wearing the No. 66 in his NHL debut. With just 21 games under his belt, Ho-Sang is far from a Hall of Famer, but he had a strong training camp with the
Throughout August, The Hockey Writers will be releasing a series of bold predictions. Team by team, this series will take shape as we look at some of the more questionable possibilities that could come into fruition during the 2017-18 season. Staying the Metropolitan Division, we head to Brooklyn to discuss the upcoming season for John
Two very important centers have made the rumor mill on Wednesday. Both very well could stay with their respective teams, but it hasn’t stopped people from speculating. What will become of both Tyler Seguin and John Tavares if the Dallas Stars and New York Islanders can’t respectively get their financing and/or priorities in order? Tyler
With free agency right around the corner, there are all sorts of chatter that some big names may be looking at new homes for the 2017-18 season. Joe Thornton Leaving San Jose (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) The ideal situation for Thornton is to stay in San Jose, but the center is looking at his
Following the NHL Expansion and Entry drafts, the New York Islanders are a team to watch. Shedding the salary of Mikhail Grabovski and their third-string goaltender JF Berube, the Isles left Las Vegas with their assets intact and with a move, or two, to be made. What they ultimately did was tell the hockey world
The New York Islanders hired former NHL veteran Scott Gomez as an assistant coach on May 30. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) The Islanders have three coaches who all have 1,000 games in the NHL under their belts—head coach Doug Weight, assistant coach Luke Richardson and now Gomez. Veteran presence is great for the blue and orange,
Once upon a time, the New York Islanders were the hardest hitting team in the NHL. Teams were simply scared to play them. First, they hit you with their dynamic fourth line of Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin. Then the snarl of Travis Hamonic, Anders Lee and even Thomas Hickey came into play.