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Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed just two goals, both on the power play, against the Penguins on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 9:48 PM
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Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed just two goals, both on the power play, against the Penguins on Saturday.
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Impact
Halak was superb, stopping 35-of-37 shots for a .946 save percentage. The Islanders held a 1-0 lead in the second period when New York took consecutive penalties and found themselves down two men. The Penguins scored on both power plays.
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed just two goals, both on the power play, against the Penguins on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 9:48 PM
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Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak allowed just two goals, both on the power play, against the Penguins on Saturday.
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Impact
Halak was superb, stopping 35-of-37 shots for a .946 save percentage. The Islanders held a 1-0 lead in the second period when New York took consecutive penalties and found themselves down two men. The Penguins scored on both power plays and then added an empty netter.
Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey scored on a wrist shot in the first period against the Penguins, but New York lost, 3-1, on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 9:41 PM
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Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey scored on a wrist shot in the first period against the Penguins, but New York lost, 3-1, on Saturday.
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Impact
Hickey finished with a plus-one rating. The Islanders were trying to start the season, 5-0-0, for the first time in franchise history, but fell just short in a well fought game on the road in Pittsburgh.
Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski did not travel with the team and is expected to miss Saturday's game with Pittsburgh. | 10/17/2014 3:24 PM
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Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski did not travel with the team and is expected to miss Saturday's game with Pittsburgh.
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Impact
Grabovski took a hard hit by San Jose's John Scott. He's posted two goals and an assist in the first four games playing alongside Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson.
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak has now won all three starts this season. | 10/16/2014 10:09 PM
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Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak has now won all three starts this season.
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Impact
He did not play particulary well, stopping 20-of-23 shots, but did just enough to get the shootout win. Halak still may be on waivers, so owners need to be aware of that.
Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo notched his second goal of the season against the Sharks. | 10/16/2014 10:06 PM
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Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo notched his second goal of the season against the Sharks.
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Impact
He also scored in the shootout, and has helped the Islanders to a 4-0-0 start. Owners, get Okposo into your lineups.
Islanders center John Tavares continued his stellar start to the 2014-15 season. | 10/16/2014 10:04 PM
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Islanders center John Tavares continued his stellar start to the 2014-15 season.
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Impact
He had two assists on the night, and now has nine points on the season. Tavares has a great chance to finish as a top-three fantasy player this season.
Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (upper body) has been activated from the injured reserve. | 10/16/2014 3:26 PM
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Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (upper body) has been activated from the injured reserve.
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Impact
The 23-year-old blueliner has been sidelined since Sept. 23, but will make his debut this evening. He should be paired with Brian Strait. He totaled three goals and 16 assists in 51 games last season and doesn't hold much fantasy value.
Lightning netminder Evgeni Nabokov made 25 saves and allowed just two goals, but it wasn't enough against Cory Schneider and the Devils. | 10/14/2014 10:43 PM
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Lightning netminder Evgeni Nabokov made 25 saves and allowed just two goals, but it wasn't enough against Cory Schneider and the Devils.
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Impact
It was Nabokov's first action of the season. He allowed one even-strength goal and a power-play goal versus the Devils. Nabokov will be the backup this year to Ben Bishop.
Islanders center John Tavares had a goal and an assist as the Islanders defeated the Rangers, 6-3, on Tuesday. | 10/14/2014 9:52 PM
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Islanders center John Tavares had a goal and an assist as the Islanders defeated the Rangers, 6-3, on Tuesday.
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Impact
Tavares scored at the 15:03 mark in the second period to tie the game, 2-2. The Islanders then scored the first four goals of the third period to turn the game into a rout. Tavares assisted the Islanders' final goal from Nick Leddy.
Islanders center John Tavares had another solid game with a goal, an assist on three shots. | 10/11/2014 10:49 PM
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Islanders center John Tavares had another solid game with a goal, an assist on three shots.
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Impact
The Islanders power play scored two more times tonight. He's been scoring a point-a-game for three seasons so this isn't anything we weren't expecting.
Islanders forward Brock Nelson has now scored six points in his first two games after posting a goal and assist Saturday night versus Carolina. | 10/11/2014 10:46 PM
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Islanders forward Brock Nelson has now scored six points in his first two games after posting a goal and assist Saturday night versus Carolina.
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Impact
Perhaps fantasy owners should pay attention to the 22-year-old as he's getting plenty of opportunites on the Islanders second line.
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped 21 of 24 shots against the Hurricanes on Friday to capture his first victory of the season. | 10/10/2014 9:57 PM
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Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped 21 of 24 shots against the Hurricanes on Friday to capture his first victory of the season.
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Impact
Halak was pitching a shutout through two periods and looked good, but gave up three goals in the final period. Halak has never played more than 57 games in a season during his career, but he should easily surpass that if he stays healthy.
Islanders center John Tavares had three assists, two penalty minutes and three shots in the season opener against the Hurricanes. | 10/10/2014 9:49 PM
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Islanders center John Tavares had three assists, two penalty minutes and three shots in the season opener against the Hurricanes.
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Impact
The Islanders power play was really clicking on opening night. New York scored twice on the man advantage in the first two periods and the one time they did not score on the power play, the Islanders put the puck in the net about a second after the Hurricane penalty expired. All three of Tavares' points came on the power play.
Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored two goals to help New York score the first three goals against the Hurricanes in the season opener, and the Islanders won, 5-2. | 10/10/2014 9:38 PM
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Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored two goals to help New York score the first three goals against the Hurricanes in the season opener, and the Islanders won, 5-2.
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Impact
Two of the first three Islanders' goals came on the power play with the other coming about one second after a Hurricane penalty expired. For all intents and purposes, the Islanders scored all three goals on the man advantage because Carolina still did not have their fifth guy in position. Nelson also added two assists and finished plus-two.
Islanders right winger Michael Grabner will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing sports hernia surgery. | 10/10/2014 10:21 AM
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Islanders right winger Michael Grabner will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing sports hernia surgery.
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Impact
Grabner's timetable is for a mid-November return. He was a 52-point scorer in 2010, but this will prevent him from getting anywhere near those totals. A 30-point season would be a realistic goal.
Defenseman Dan Boyle is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand Thursday night, according to Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. | 10/10/2014 10:16 AM
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Defenseman Dan Boyle is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand Thursday night, according to Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.
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Impact
Boyle is 38-years-old and his numbers have been shrinking. This won't help.
Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is on injured reserve due to back spasms. | 10/07/2014 1:39 PM
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Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is on injured reserve due to back spasms.
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Impact
Visnovsky is 38-years-old and injuries have become a huge concern after playing just 24 games last season. A young Visnovsky could score 60 points a season, this older version, not so much.
Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner is on injured reserve | 10/07/2014 1:37 PM
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Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner is on injured reserve
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Impact
Carkner offers almost no offense (three points last season and has little fantasy value above his fighting ability (149 PIM).
Defenseman Dan Boyle has some sleeper potential in the 2014-2015 fantasy season. | 09/30/2014 8:04 PM
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Defenseman Dan Boyle has some sleeper potential in the 2014-2015 fantasy season.
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Impact
Boyle is 38 years old and has shown signs of slowing down, but the Rangers hope he can be rejuvenated in the new scenery. Boyle will compete with fellow defenseman Ryan McDonaugh for playing time on the power play.
Islanders winger Anders Lee could get minutes with center John Tavares. | 09/30/2014 7:31 PM
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Islanders winger Anders Lee could get minutes with center John Tavares.
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Impact
The Islanders know Tavares and 26-year-old Kyle Okposo will play together on the first line, but other wingers are battling for the other spot. Players are also competing for power play minutes with Tavares. Lee should land on one of the top-two scoring line and make a fantasy impact, but his value is obviously a lot higher if he plays on the top line.
New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will man the first D-line with Lubomir Visnovsky this season. | 09/30/2014 7:28 PM
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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will man the first D-line with Lubomir Visnovsky this season.
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Impact
Nothing changes as the two have played together for awhile. Even at 38-years-old Visnovsky will be the more offensive defenseman, so he is the one to own in fantasy. Hamonic had three goals and 15 assists a year ago.
It will be difficult for Islanders center Frans Nielsen to score 25 goals and 58 points again this year. | 09/30/2014 7:16 PM
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It will be difficult for Islanders center Frans Nielsen to score 25 goals and 58 points again this year.
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Impact
Nielsen made his money on the power play's top line a season ago, but New York has Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and added Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin, alll of whom will likely cut into Nielsen's power play minutes. We project Nielsen to score 21 goals and 49 points this year and even that seems to be on the high-end of what to expect from Nielsen this season.
Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski looks to man the second-line and have a role on the power play in 2014-2015. | 09/30/2014 7:12 PM
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Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski looks to man the second-line and have a role on the power play in 2014-2015.
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Impact
Grabowski scored 13 goals and 22 assists last year, but his fanasy value this year lies in how much playing time and how effective he can be on the power play with John Tavares. He is a guy that can give fantasy rosters depth and an occasional start.
Islanders forward Ryan Strome is a fantasy flier to be taken late in drafts. | 09/30/2014 7:08 PM
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Islanders forward Ryan Strome is a fantasy flier to be taken late in drafts.
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Impact
Last season, Strome showed flashes of the skill that led to 49 points in 37 games as a 20-year-old in the AHL, but overall he could not land on a scoring-line. He has a slight chance to play on the top line with John Tavares, and if he does, his value goes through the roof. The likelihood of that happening, however, is not very high.
Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is the Islanders best fantasy defenseman by default. | 09/30/2014 7:04 PM
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Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is the Islanders best fantasy defenseman by default.
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Impact
Visnovsky is 38-years-old and has seen his offensive numbers decrease over the last few years. He will likely still run the point on the power play because no other defenseman seems poised to take the job. If he does run the power play, he could see big fantasy numbers with John Tavares scoring a lot. Therefore, Visnovsky is a high-risk, high-reward player on draft day.
Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo will have a chance to score 30 goals this year. | 09/30/2014 7:01 PM
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Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo will have a chance to score 30 goals this year.
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Impact
It took a few extra years to develop, but Okposo has become a true star winger playing alongside John Tavares. Okposo creates space for Tavares, who also compliments Okposo perfectly to make him better. Okposo scored 27 goals and 69 points last year. If Tavares is healthy the entire season, expect Okposo to hit those numbers again or even exceed them.
Islanders center John Tavares said he is happy to be playing in preseason games after missing the end of the 2013-2014 with a knee injury according to New York Newsday. | 09/30/2014 6:55 PM
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Islanders center John Tavares said he is happy to be playing in preseason games after missing the end of the 2013-2014 with a knee injury according to New York Newsday.
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Impact
Tavares broke his leg skating for Team USA at the Olympics, which prevented him from finishing last season. Many experts believe that Tavares will be in the Art Ross Trophy conversation this year. He scored 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games last season.
Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is day-to-day with back spasms according to NHL.com. | 09/29/2014 5:58 PM
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Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is day-to-day with back spasms according to NHL.com.
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Impact
Visnovsky left Monday's practice because of the spasms. His back has always bothered him, so we will see if Visnovsky gets healthy enough to play the season opener.
Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is day-to-day with back spasms according to NHL.com. | 09/29/2014 5:57 PM
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Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is day-to-day with back spasms according to NHL.com.
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Impact
Visnovsky left Monday's practice because of the spasms. His back has always bothered him, so we will see if Visnovsky gets healthy enough to play the season opener.
D Griffin Reinhart eyeing spot with Islanders | 07/20/2014 10:54 AM
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Defenseman Griffin Reinhart thinks he will make the New York Islanders in the coming season.
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Impact
New York's first-round pick (No. 4 overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-4, 217-pound defenseman impressed Islanders brass at training camp and scored a goal in a preseason game against the Calgary Flames. But the Isles decided Reinhart would be better served returning to the WHL. In his final season of junior hockey, Reinhart learned what it takes to become a champion. The Oil Kings captain played 66 games in the regular season and playoffs, and combined for 34 points and a plus-31 rating, leading Edmonton to a Memorial Cup championship. Now, he's itching to make the Islanders. And, if he does, he'll be circling Dec. 27 on his calendar. That will be New York's first game against the Buffalo Sabres, who used the second pick of the 2014 draft on center Sam Reinhart, Griffin's younger brother. Many believe Sam will play in the NHL as early as this season. He had 105 points (36 goals, 69 assists) in 60 games for the WHL's Kootenay Ice in 2013-14.
Islanders sign Donovan to qualifying offer | 07/15/2014 6:46 PM
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Matt Donovan has taken the Islanders' one-year qualifying offer.
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Impact
Donovan's deal is two-ways and will pay him $826,875 annually at the NHL level. He had two goals and 16 points in 52 games with the Islanders last season.
Brett Gallant accepts qualifying offer | 07/15/2014 6:44 PM
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Brett Gallant has accepted his qualifying offer from the New York Islanders.
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Impact
That's a two-way deal that comes with a $605,000 annual cap hit, according to Cap Geek. Gallant had two points and 255 penalty minutes in 58 AHL games in 2013-14.
Calvin De Haan agrees to three-year contract | 07/15/2014 4:32 PM
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The New York Islanders have signed Calvin De Haan to a three-year, $5.9 million contract.
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Impact
De Haan had three goals and 13 assists in 51 contests with the Islanders in 2013-14. He also spent some time in the minors, but this contract all-but guarantees that he'll stay on the Islanders' roster next season.
Casey Cizikas accepts two-year, $2 mil deal | 07/15/2014 4:29 PM
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Casey Cizikas has agreed to a two-year, $2 million contract with the New York Islanders.
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Impact
Cizikas had 16 points and 30 penalty minutes in 80 games with the Islanders last season. He was rather productive offensively in the minors before he established himself in the NHL, but he's not likely to spend much time on a scoring line with the Islanders.
Islanders waive Kirill Kabanov | 07/15/2014 1:09 PM
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Kirill Kabanov has been placed on unconditional waivers.
Arthur Staple on Twitter

Impact
Kabanov has one season left on his entry-level contract, but this is probably the first step towards terminating that deal. He was taken in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but he struggled in the minors and ended up being loaned to the Swedish League's MoDo in January.
Islanders agree to terms with Anders Lee | 07/11/2014 12:52 PM
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Anders Lee has re-signed with the New York Islanders.
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Impact
Lee accepted the qualifying offer the Islanders made to him as a restricted free agent. He had nine goals and 14 points in 22 games in 2013-14.
Aaron Ness accepts qualifying offer | 07/11/2014 12:50 PM
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Aaron Ness has accepted the New York Islanders' qualifying offer.
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Impact
That's presumably a two-way contract. Ness had three points and 10 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Islanders in 2013-14.
Kevin Poulin receives his arbitration date | 07/09/2014 4:28 PM
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Kevin Poulin has an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 30.
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Impact
Poulin is coming off of a one-year, two-way contract that paid him $577,500 annually at the NHL level. He's not expected to make the Islanders' opening game roster.
Nikolai Kulemin looks forward to Brooklyn | 07/05/2014 5:18 PM
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The New York Islanders' move to Brooklyn appears to have been part of Nikolai Kulemin's willingness to sign with the team.
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Impact
"I think it's going to be great to get a new building. It's going to be a good experience to play there," he said when asked if he was excited about the move. "I know a lot of Russian people live in the Brooklyn area, so it'll be a good experience for us and maybe a lot of Russia fans will start going to the games." He inked a four-year deal with the Islanders and the team is expected to cal Barclays Center in Brooklyn home for the 2015-2016 season.
The Islanders have signed center Mikhail Grabovski to a four-year, $20 million contract. | 07/02/2014 6:14 PM
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The Islanders have signed center Mikhail Grabovski to a four-year, $20 million contract.
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Impact
In just 58 games for the Capitals last year, Grabovski had 13 goals and 22 assists (35 points). He's produced 50-plus points twice in his career and is a solid second- or third-line center.
Nikolai Kulemin joins New York Islanders | 07/02/2014 5:01 PM
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Nikolai Kulemin has agreed to a four-year, $16.75 million contract with the New York Islanders.
Arthur Staple on Twitter

Impact
Kulemin is reuniting with former Maple Leafs teammate Mikhail Grabovski and it wouldn't be surprising to see them play regularly on the second line together. Kulemin is coming off of a rough season where he scored just nine goals and 20 points in 70 contests, but he has the potential to flirt with the 50-point mark in 2014-15.
Islanders hand Mikhail Grabovski 4-year deal | 07/02/2014 4:58 PM
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Mikhail Grabovski has inked a four-year, $20 million contract with the New York Islanders.
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Impact
Grabovski struggled in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign, in part due to injury, but he's capable of recording over 50 points per season. In New York, he'll likely serve as the team's second-line center behind John Tavares. That might cause Frans Nielsen to shift from center as he should also be on one of the Islanders' top two lines.
Islanders fail to lure top targets | 07/02/2014 11:04 AM
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The New York Islanders reportedly made competitive offers to Brad Richards, Thomas Vanek, Jarome Iginla, and Dan Boyle, but all of them chose to sign elsewhere.
New York Newsday

Impact
In the case of Vanek and Richards, they likely left quite a bit of money on the table to play for Minnesota and Chicago respectively. The Islanders have been largely unable to lure top-tier free agents for years and that's not likely to change until they have a couple competitive seasons under their belt.
Islanders sign Jack Skille to two-way deal | 07/01/2014 7:06 PM
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The New York Islanders signed winger Jack Skille to a two-way deal on Tuesday.
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Impact
He isn't likely to be a major contributor in fantasy terms, if he's even an NHL regular.
Cory Conacher signs one-year deal with Sabres | 07/01/2014 6:17 PM
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Cory Conacher has inked a one-year, $600,000 contract with the New York Islanders.
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Impact
Conacher became an unrestricted free agent after the Buffalo Sabres passed on the opportunity to qualify him. He still might end up establishing himself as a top-six forward, but he's far from a safe bet.
Islanders add depth by signing David Leggio | 07/01/2014 6:13 PM
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David Leggio has joined the New York Islanders on a one-year, two-way contract.
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Impact
Leggio had a 2.63 GAA and .913 save percentage in 45 AHL games in 2013-14. The 29-year-old goalie is still fighting to make his NHL debut.
Harry Zolnierczyk agrees to two-way contract | 07/01/2014 6:10 PM
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Harry Zolnierczyk has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the New York Islanders.
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Impact
Zolnierczyk can earn $600,000 at the NHL level and will make at least $300,000 regardless of where he plays. He had 36 points and 75 penalty minutes in 57 AHL games in 2013-14. He also has nine points and 83 penalty minutes in 57 career NHL contests.
Isles sign T.J. Brennan to one year contract | 07/01/2014 12:43 PM
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The New York Islanders have signed defenseman T.J. Brennan to a one-year/one-way contract.
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Impact
Brennan spent the entire 2013-14 season with the Toronto Marlies where he was the AHL's defenseman of the year. The 25-year-old is an offensive defenseman who should see power play time with the Isles.
Islanders sign Chad Johnson to contract | 07/01/2014 12:20 PM
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The New York Islanders have signed goaltender Chad Johnson to a contract.
Arthur Staple on Twitter

Impact
Johnson will get a two year deal at $1.3 million per season. Johnson will now back up Jaroslav Halak on the Island. He was very good for the Bruins in a backup role as he was 17-4-3 with a 2.10 GAA and a .925 save percentage. The Islanders would love those stats in 2014-15 but somehow we doubt it.
Islanders take Lukas Sutter in 7th round | 06/28/2014 2:46 PM
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Lukas Sutter was selected by the New York Islanders with the 200th pick in the 2014 draft.
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Impact
Sutter wasn't signed by the Winnipeg Jets after he was second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. As a result, he re-entered the 2014 class and was taken in the seventh round.
Isles tried to trade 5th overall choice first | 06/28/2014 9:41 AM
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Before selecting Michael Dal Colle with the fifth overall choice in the NHL draft, the New York Islanders attempted to make a trade.
New York Newsday

Impact
When they couldn't find a satisfactory deal, they used the fifth overall pick to grab a big winger from the Oshawa Generals, Michael Dal Colle. He's 6-foot-2, 182 pounds and rugged. "I kind of had a gut feeling I was going here if I was available," Dal Colle said. "I think I'll fit in well. They need some depth on left wing and I can fit in."
Isles' GM defends trading up for Josh Ho-Sang | 06/28/2014 9:36 AM
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There was controversy at the NHL draft Friday night after Islanders general manager Garth Snow traded his two second-round picks, Nos. 35 and 57 overall, to the Lightning in exchange for No. 28.
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Impact
With that pick - which was originally the Rangers' before they sent it along in the Ryan Callahan-Martin St. Louis swap - Snow chose much-maligned forward Josh Ho-Sang. Having said in the lead-up to the draft that, "In three years, I'll be the best player in this draft, and I have no doubt," the multi-racial star from Toronto already had ruffled feathers. And if those ruffled feathers allowed him to be ripe for Snow's picking, then he certainly didn't mind. "I care that we win," Snow said. "We get the players that we feel can help us win a championship, and we don't give a sh-t what anyone else thinks." He then paused for a quick moment before adding, "Except our fans, of course."
Islanders pick Joshua Ho-Sang with 28th pick | 06/27/2014 10:06 PM
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The Islanders selected Windsor Spittfires scoring star Joshua Ho-Sang with the 28th overall pick in the 2014-15 Friday night.
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Islanders acquire 28th pick in the first roun | 06/27/2014 9:58 PM
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The New York Islanders have acquired the 28th pick in the first round from Tampa Bay for the 35th and 57th picks.
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Impact
The Lightning acquired the first rounder from the Rangers in the Martin St. Louis trade. The Lightning will get a player seven picks later and a late second rounder as well.
Isles take Michael Dal Colle with fifth pick | 06/27/2014 7:43 PM
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The New York Islanders have taken Michael Dal Colle with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Impact
Michael Dal Colle is a speedy, powerful winger with an imposing frame whose soft, quick hands have generated 39 goals and 95 points in 67 games for the OHL's Oshawa Generals this past season. He is a versatile player who contributes in all three zones, and can impact a game through his speed, his toughness, along the boards and on the penalty kill. What sets him apart is his ability to do all that while honing elite offensive skills. Dal Colle is not a flashy player, but his solid puck carrying, shooting and passing skills compliment his strong body and we expect him to have a long career as a top-six NHL forward. That being said, he will have a tough time sticking with the Islanders in 2014-15.
Islanders might end up keeping fifth pick | 06/27/2014 10:45 AM
News
The New York Islanders having gotten any offers for the fifth overall pick that were strong enough to entice GM Garth Snow.
New York Newsday

Impact
A lot could change before now and the NHL Entry Draft, but it at least looks like the Islanders will end up using the fifth overall pick. Who the Islanders take will be dependent on what the teams above them do, but as we noted in our mock draft, it wouldn't be surprising if they end up taking Michael Dal Colle.
Boyle 'open to all options' including Tampa | 06/26/2014 5:53 PM
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Dan Boyle would consider a return to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
"At this point Dan is going to be open to all options," said his agent George Bazos. "All I can say I know he loves it down there. Winning the Cup and everything down there could be one of the highlights of his career." Boyle, who still owns property in the area, played with Tampa Bay for parts of six seasons after he was traded from Florida during 2001-02.
Report: Isles ready to make splash on July 1 | 06/25/2014 9:26 PM
News
Garth Snow was reportedly extremely aggressive in courting top-notch free-agents in the opening of this year's free agent interviewing period which kicked off Wednesday at midnight.
Newsday

Impact
According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, Snow was working the phones starting at 12:01am and apparently reached out to former Rangers center Brad Richards and Pens' defenseman Matt Niskanen. Snow and the Isles gave up their first round pick of 2015 to the Buffalo Sabres in the Thomas Vanek trade, and are determined not to cede a lottery pick such as Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.
Detroit interested in pending UFA Dan Boyle | 06/25/2014 4:30 PM
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You can count the Detroit Red Wings among the teams that are interested in Dan Boyle.
Helene St. James on Twitter

Impact
Getting Boyle would help round out the Red Wings' defense given that Kyle Quincey isn't expected to re-sign. As previously noted, Boyle is looking for a two-year deal.
Report: Rangers, Leafs interested in Boyle | 06/25/2014 2:10 PM
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The New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly interested in Dan Boyle.
ESPN.com

Impact
Boyle is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Maple Leafs' interest is being termed as "serious" while the Rangers might view him as a fallback option if they can't re-sign Anton Stralman. Either way, Boyle is seeking a two-year deal.
Ryan Pulock expected to play in AHL in 2014 | 06/22/2014 8:15 AM
News
Look for defenseman Ryan Pulock to start the season with Bridgeport of the AHL in 2014-15.
New York Newsday

Impact
Pulock was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Pulock is a solid defenseman with some offensive capabilities, as he had 23 goals and 63 points in 66 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. Look for him to spend the season with Bridgeport, possibly getting a callup late in the season before being a likely contender for a job on the Islanders blueline in 2015-16.
GM says Islanders may trade 5th overall pick | 06/22/2014 8:10 AM
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GM Garth Snow said that the New York Islanders fifth overall pick is in play as the team needs a top notch blueliner and winger.
New York Newsday

Impact
The Islanders are looking for a left winger to play on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo while every team needs help on the blueline. The Islanders could get Thomas Vanek to return as an unrestricted free agent after dealing him to Montreal at the trade deadline. Stay tuned.
Nabokov not likely to re-sign with Islanders | 06/18/2014 2:11 PM
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Evgeni Nabokov is expected to test the unrestricted free agent waters.
ESPN.com

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The New York Islanders are willing to re-sign him, but Nabokov would be reduced to serving as the team's backup. He'll turn 39 years old in July though and we anticipate there being a market for him as a clear starter. That said, he might be able to join a team that has a vulnerable starter or an unclear goaltending situation where he'll be able to compete for the number one spot throughout the season.
Boyle hasn't ruled out signing with Islanders | 06/18/2014 1:35 PM
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Although the New York Islanders are now shopping Dan Boyle's rights, the defenseman hasn't ruled out the possibility of ultimately signing with them.
ESPN.com

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"Garth's done a great job, he's kept us abreast of everything along the way, we understand he's got to protect his interests," Boyle's agent, George Bazos said, referring to Islanders GM Garth Snow. "That being said, we haven't closed the door on talking to them. The Islanders gave Dan a lot to think about." The Islanders acquired Boyle's rights from San Jose for a conditional fifth round pick that will be upgraded to a fourth rounder if he signs with them. Boyle can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Islanders are trying to trade Dan Boyle | 06/18/2014 12:57 PM
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The New York Islanders are shopping the negotiating rights to defenseman Dan Boyle.
Pierre LeBrun on Twitter

Impact
The Islanders acquired Boyle's rights from the San Jose Sharks, but they haven't been able to convince him to sign with them so far. Boyle is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Isles bring back assistant coach Greg Cronin | 06/16/2014 6:00 PM
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The New York Islanders have hired Greg Cronin as an assistant coach.
Islanders.nhl.com

Impact
He has spent the last three seasons with the Toronto Maples Leafs, but he worked with the Islanders from the 1998-99 to 2002-03. Cronin will work alongside Bob Corkum and Matt Bertani on Jack Capuano's coaching staff.
Isles promote Doug Weight to assistant GM | 06/16/2014 1:12 PM
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Doug Weight has been promoted to assistant general manager of the New York Islanders.
NHL.com

Impact
He had been working as a special advisor to general manager Garth Snow and he will retain his role as an assistant coach alongside bench boss Jack Capuano. Weight has served in that capacity since he retired as a player after the 2010-11 season.
Dan Boyle doesn't have a timetable with Isles | 06/13/2014 4:47 PM
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Dan Boyle's agent said his client doesn't have a timetable when it comes to when he'll make his intentions known to the Islanders.
Arthur Staple on Twitter

Impact
New York acquired Boyle's rights from San Jose in the hope of signing him before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Islanders might attempt to trade him again if they can't ink him in the next week or so.
Dan Boyle would consider signing with Toronto | 06/12/2014 4:06 PM
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Dan Boyle is reportedly interested in signing with Toronto.
TSN.ca

Impact
Darren Dreger of TSN reports: "The Toronto Maple Leafs are high on Dan Boyle's list. ... Boyle wants a two-year deal, and the money might be more than the Leafs are willing to pay but they definitely have interest." He's expected to tell the Islanders his intentions at some point this week, but he appears to be leaning towards testing the open market.
Dan Boyle to advise Isles of plans by Friday | 06/10/2014 10:46 PM
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Dan Boyle will reportedly inform the Islanders of his plans by the end of the week.
Arthur Staple on Twitter

Impact
It seems a longshot that Boyle will want to sign with the Isles despite the fact the team gave up a conditional 5th round pick to acquire his rights since the veteran blueliner has sights set on playing with a contender to close out his career. Look for him to test the free agents waters on July 1st.
Report: Isles unlikely to sign Dan Boyle | 06/09/2014 1:43 PM
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There's reportedly "a very slim to no chance" that Dan Boyle signs with the New York Islanders.
Andy Strickland

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Andy Strickland reports that the veteran defenseman wants to play for a contending squad at this stage in his career. However, he still plans to give New York a fair look before he is able to test the market on July 1. The Islanders acquired Boyle's rights from San Jose for a conditional 2015 fifth-round draft pick last week.
Agent, Boyle have touched base with Isles GM | 06/06/2014 9:53 AM
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Dan Boyle's agent, George Bazos, said that Islanders GM Garth Snow has spoken with him and the veteran defenseman he represents.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
"We're all just at the beginning stages of everything," Bazos said. "I can say Dan originally was willing to keep all options open. Obviously the Islanders are a young, fast, exciting team. But until we really start to talk more in-depth, it'd be impossible to categorize that." New York is obviously hoping to sign him before he can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but until the trade was announced Boyle didn't even know the Islanders were interested in him. The trade for his negotiation rights was struck on Thursday afternoon.
Islanders acquire Dan Boyle's rights | 06/05/2014 4:16 PM
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The New York Islanders have acquired Dan Boyle's rights from San Jose for a conditional 2015 5th-round draft pick.
Arthur Staple on Twitter

Impact
The selection becomes a 4th rounder if Boyle signs. The Sharks announced that they wouldn't be bringing back Boyle about a month ago and he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The veteran defenseman recorded 12 goals and 36 points in 75 games this past season.
Jesse Graham signs ELC with Islanders | 05/31/2014 6:51 PM
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The New York Islanders have signed Jesse Graham to a three-year, entry-level deal.
Islanders.nhl.com

Impact
In 66 OHL games split between Niagara and Saginaw, he recorded 11 goals and 43 assists. Graham posted four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games for the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport at the end of the year. New York selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.
Report: Ville Pokka signs with Islanders | 05/28/2014 2:21 PM
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Ville Pokka has reportedly inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Islanders.
Arthur Staple on Twitter

Impact
Pokka had six goals and 27 points in 54 SM-liiga games with Karpat in 2013-14. He was taken in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Islanders.
Report: Anders Nilsson heads to the KHL | 05/26/2014 4:01 PM
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Anders Nilsson has reportedly signed a deal with Ak Bars Kazan, according to Sportbox.ru.
Igor Eronko on Twitter

Impact
He just wrapped up winning a bronze medal with Sweden at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. Nilsson was slated for restricted free agency this summer. He shared time with AHL Bridgeport and the New York Islanders in 2013-14. In 19 NHL outings, he posted an 8-7-2 record with an .896 save percentage and a 3.11 GAA.
Anders Nilsson helps Sweden win bronze | 05/25/2014 2:04 PM
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Anders Nilsson and the Swedes won bronze at the 2014 World Hockey Championship by beating the Czech Republic 3-0 on Sunday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
It remains to be seen if Nilsson will return to the NHL next season or ply his trade in Europe. He might have better financial opportunities overseas, as he is a restricted free agent with mediocre numbers with the New York Islanders.
Halak calls Isles 'perfect fit' for him | 05/23/2014 11:01 AM
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Jaroslav Halak felt the New York Islanders were a "perfect fit" for him.
New York Newsday

Impact
Halak agreed to a four-year, $18 million contract on Thursday. "They have a good group of young guys who are only going to get better," Halak said. The Islanders are hoping that in Halak, they finally have a reliable starter. Halak had a 2.25 GAA and .921 save percentage in 52 games in 2013-14. The Islanders ranked 28th in the league with 3.18 goals allowed per game.
Islanders choose to keep 2014 first rounder | 05/22/2014 3:25 PM
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The New York Islanders will keep their first round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Islanders.nhl.com

Impact
The team had a choice to give up their first rounder in this year's draft or next year's and they have decided to give the Buffalo Sabres their 2015 first-round selection. The draft choice was part of the Thomas Vanek trade. The Islanders will pick fifth overall in June.
Isles sign Jaroslav Halak to a 4-year deal | 05/22/2014 3:16 PM
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Jaroslav Halak has inked a four-year, $18 million deal with the New York Islanders.
Arthur Staple on Twitter

Impact
He posted a 29-13-7 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.25 goals-against average in 52 games with St. Louis and Washington this past season. Halak was also briefly a member of the Buffalo Sabres in 2013-14, but he didn't play any games with them. He was acquired from Washington for a fourth-round pick and is poised to be the Islanders' starting goaltender next season.
Griffin Reinhart unfazed by Twitter critics | 05/22/2014 12:08 PM
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Griffin Reinhart took some heat on Twitter for his mistake in double overtime against Val-d'Or at the Memorial Cup on Tuesday.
Edmonton Journal

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The play was more of a bad bounce than anything else, as a hard pass from teammate Henrik Samuelsson hopped over his stick and resulted in a breakaway goal by Anthony Richard. However, he isn't letting the words of his "critics" get to him. "It doesn't bother me. It's a fan's perspective," he said. "It's interesting to see what people think and all that. Reading some of the things is pretty funny, but it doesn't get to me." Reinhart was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft and there's a good chance that he'll playing for the Islanders at some point next season.
John Tavares on the mend, resumes skating | 05/15/2014 5:38 PM
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John Tavares told a Buffalo radio station on Thursday that his recovery from knee surgery is going well and that he's been cleared to resume skating.
NHL.com

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"Everything's pretty much back to normal," Tavares told WGR 550 in Buffalo. "I was cleared last week to resume full activity, so I skated with the London Knights [of the Ontario Hockey League] as they're preparing for the Memorial Cup for three days and three practices, and I feel really good. I'm just happy I'm able to put this behind me, move forward, and look toward next season." Tavares was enjoying an excellent season before he sustained a torn MCL and a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was hurt while playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Brock Nelson scores twice in loss to Latvia | 05/15/2014 5:08 PM
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Brock Nelson scored two goals in a 6-5 loss for the United States against Latvia on Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Latvians also defeated Finland at the 2014 World Hockey Championship. Seth Jones picked up a goal and two assists in the contest, while Tim Thomas allowed six markers on 25 shots.
Anders Nilsson likely to play in Europe | 05/02/2014 10:29 AM
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Anders Nilsson is leaning towards playing in Europe in 2014-15.
New York Newsday

Impact
Nilsson is set to become a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He had a 3.11 GAA and .896 save percentage in 19 games with the Islanders in 2013-14. Even if he sticks with New York, he will probably start next season in the minors.
Isles have interest in Nabokov as a backup | 05/02/2014 10:27 AM
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The New York Islanders are still interested in bringing back Evgeni Nabokov, even after acquiring the negotiating rights to Jaroslav Halak.
New York Newsday

Impact
That being said, if Nabokov returns to the Islanders, it would be as the team's backup goaltender. Nabokov is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Halak is interested in signing with Islanders | 05/02/2014 10:26 AM
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Jaroslav Halak is open to signing a long-term deal with the New York Islanders.
New York Newsday

Impact
"Absolutely," Halak's agent, Allan Walsh said. "The Islanders are uniquely situated -- they have some very good young players on their roster and some more good young players coming up. They took a step back this season, but I think it's temporary. Why wouldn't we be interested in talking?" The Islanders sent a fourth-round pick to the Washington Capitals in exchange for the negotiating rights to Halak, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Isles acquire Jaroslav Halak from Capitals | 05/01/2014 2:19 PM
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The New York Islanders have acquired Jaroslav Halak from Washington in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.
Islanders.nhl.com

Impact
The pick was originally obtained in a trade with Chicago on February 6 for forwards Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin. Halak posted a 29-13-7 record in 52 games with St. Louis and Washington this past season. He was also a member of the Buffalo Sabres, but he didn't see action with them. He finished the year with a .921 save percentage, a 2.25 goals-against average and five shutouts. Halak is slated for unrestricted free agency in the summer, so he needs a new contract.
Charles Wang mulling options with Islanders | 04/23/2014 10:01 AM
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke on Tuesday and said that Islanders owner Charles Wang is still debating what move he wants to make with regards to the possible sale of the team.
New York Newsday

Impact
Wang has gotten some expressions of interest about the Islanders, should he opt to sell them. One potential suitor is reportedly Andrew Barroway, who is a wealth manager based in Philadelphia. At the moment though, it sounds like nothing is imminent.
Isles to host Sept. game at Barclays Center | 04/22/2014 10:14 AM
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The New York Islanders will participate in a preseason game at Barclays Center on Sept. 26.
Islanders.nhl.com

Impact
Barclays Center will become the Islanders' new home starting with the 2015-16 campaign. The Islanders have already played in one previous exhibition match in the arena. "We are extremely excited to play our second game at Barclays Center," Islanders GM Garth Snow said. "It was a special night, seeing all of our passionate fans pack the building last September and hearing the 'Lets Go Islanders' chant throughout the game. We are looking forward to making Brooklyn our home the following season. This is a great way for our fans to see how easy the commute is to this world class facility in Brooklyn, the friendly staff that awaits them as they walk through the entrance, and the numerous amenities that only Barclays Center offers."
Tavares: Isles need to protect leads better | 04/17/2014 9:54 AM
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John Tavares thinks the Islanders need to get better at protecting leads.
New York Newsday

Impact
The Islanders were 15-6-6 when taking a lead into the third period, which was the worst winning percentage in the league in that situation. Every other squad won at least two-thirds of their games when leading through 40 minutes. Tavares also feels the team needs to improve its play at home and on special teams. "We have to be a lot better in a lot of areas, our consistency has to be a lot better," Tavares said. "When we're playing well and doing the right things consistently we're a good team. We showed that last year and we showed that during the stretch from December into January and the young guys showed it at the end of this season."
Islanders have a tough draft decision | 04/16/2014 10:03 AM
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The New York Islanders have to decide whether or not to allow the Buffalo Sabres to take their 2014 first round pick to complete the Tomas Vanek trade.
New York Newsday

Impact
The Islanders have the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Given that, it might seem obvious that the Islanders would keep the pick and hope to improve in 2014-15. However, the 2015 draft is far deeper and includes two potential superstars in Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. It would be terrible for the Islanders if they miss the playoffs again in 2014-15 only for their lottery pick to belong to Buffalo.
Lubomir Visnovsky still has symptoms | 04/15/2014 10:31 AM
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Lubomir Visnovsky isn't out of the woods yet when it comes to his recovery from a concussion.
New York Newsday

Impact
"Sometimes I feel good, sometimes not too well," Visnovsky said. "It's a long summer, four, five months, so hopefully I will be OK . . . [Retirement] is not for me yet. Think positive." Visnovsky had 11 points in just 24 games in 2013-14. He's dealing with his second concussion since the beginning of the campaign.
John Tavares reaffirms commitment to Isles | 04/15/2014 10:29 AM
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John Tavares denied the rumors that he wants to be traded.
New York Newsday

Impact
"I signed six years because I wanted to be here. There's no part of me that wants to leave," Tavares said. "I think [the talk] is a product of the team not winning, and the perception around here from other markets is always a lot different from what actually happens. I know we've still got some great things we can accomplish here and my mindset hasn't changed." Tavares' season was cut short due to a knee injury sustained during the Olympics. Before that happened, he had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games with the Islanders in 2013-14.
Isles will keep coach Jack Capuano | 04/14/2014 4:30 PM
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Islanders GM Garth Snow said that Jack Capuano will be back behind the bench next season.
New York Newsday

Impact
"Cappy will be back," Snow said Monday. "If we have an opportunity to add to our staff, the way we'd look to add a player, then we'll do that. But I don't expect to change the current staff." He just finished his fourth season with the club, where he has compiled a 118-120-39 record.
Ryan Strome plays well in last quarter | 04/14/2014 8:40 AM
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Ryan Strome had six goals and 14 points in his last 22 games.
New York Newsday

Impact
Strome began to show why the Islanders selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft and if he progresses, not too many teams will have the strength up the middle in their top two lines like New York has. John Tavares is unquestionably the top dog on the Island but with Strome fitting in nicely as the number two center, the Islanders have as solid a 1-2 punch as anyone with the exception of the Penguins, in the NHL.
Anders Nilsson goes above .500 in 2013-14 | 04/13/2014 8:55 PM
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New York Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson finished his season on a positive note, helping his team win 4-3 (SO) on Sunday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
That win pushes Nilsson over .500 (8-7-2) on the season with a .896 save percentage and 3.11 GAA.
Frans Nielsen enjoys his best career season | 04/13/2014 8:49 PM
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The 2013-14 season was by far the best ever in New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen's NHL career.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He collected four assists in the last two games (two assists apiece) to finish with career-highs in goals (25), assists (33), points (58) and SOG (167).
Anders Lee ends goal drought Friday night | 04/12/2014 11:54 AM
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Anders Lee potted his seventh goal of the year in the Islanders' 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey on Friday.
New York Newsday

Impact
He snapped a 12-game goalless drought in the process. Lee had two assists during his goal slump. In his previous eight NHL games, he amassed six markers and three assists.
Anders Nilsson helps Isles knock of Devils | 04/11/2014 11:28 PM
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Anders Nilsson blocked 25 of 27 shots to lift the Isles to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Devils on Friday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Nilsson snaps a two game losing slump and improves to 7-7-3 on the year with a struggling .894 save percentage and 3.13 goals against average. The 24 year old Swede is now 3-0 in shootouts.

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