Player News - Islanders

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New York Islanders winger Matt Martin easily leads all NHL skaters in hits since 2012-13, the most recent lockout.

Martin has delivered 974 hits in 205 games played. He's the only player who cleared 800 hits in that time frame, as Cal Clutterbuck comes in at 768, the only other player above 700. Martin is also a source of PIM (114 in 2014-15, 561 in 358 career games), so he could be a somewhat-interesting utility consideration if you can stomach the loss in traditional stats.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 29 - 1:57 PM

Eric Boulton will be at training camp for the Islanders on a professional tryout.

He dressed in 10 games with New York during the 2014-15 season. Boulton had two goals and 30 penalty minutes during that time. If Boulton lands an NHL roster spot he can rack up PIMs, but there are better options available who will play far more regularly.
Aug 24 - 6:07 PM

New York has signed Matt Carkner to a professional tryout.

Carkner agreed to a two-year AHL contract with Bridgeport earlier this month. He earned two goals, three points and 38 penalty minutes in 19 games with the Sound Tigers last year. If he can't land an NHL spot then Carkner will return to the AHL in 2015-16.
Aug 24 - 2:18 PM

Tyler Barnes has inked a professional tryout with the Islanders.

He tallied 34 goals and 74 points in 71 games for the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL last season. Barnes also added 18 points in 21 playoff matches and he played in two regular-season games with Grand Rapids in the AHL. If he performs well then it could lead to a minor-league deal with the Isles organization.
Aug 24 - 1:51 PM

Tyler Kennedy still doesn't know who he will be suiting up for next season.

"I tried my best last year. I did everything I could to have a good year, and things didn't really work out," said Kennedy. "I hope my agent does a good job. I have a lot of faith in him." The 29-year-old had just six goals and 14 points in 38 games with the Sharks and Islanders last year. He may have to accept a pro tryout if he wants to continue playing in the NHL.
Aug 23 - 8:07 AM

Tyler Kennedy is skating with a group of Penguins players who are holding informal preseason workouts.

Pittsburgh offered Sergei Gonchar a professional tryout, but GM Jim Rutherford said they "haven't discussed" asking Kennedy to attend training camp. Kennedy is looking for a new team as an unrestricted free agent after appearing in 38 games between the San Jose Sharks and the New York Islanders last year.
Aug 19 - 5:10 PM

Matt Carkner has signed a two-year AHL contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Carkner didn't play for the Islanders in 2014-15 because of a back injury and when he was healthy he suited up in the AHL. He accounted for two goals, three points and 38 penalty minutes in 19 games with New York's minor-league affiliate last season.
Source: AHL.com
Aug 13 - 9:33 AM

Arthur Staple of Newsday Sports reports that there "no news on talks" with restricted free agent Brock Nelson.

Nelson produced 20 goals, including 10 on the power play, and 42 points in 82 games last season. The 23-year-old will likely need to show more consistency before he lands a lucrative long-term deal, but he does have very good upside.
Aug 11 - 5:18 PM

Kevin Poulin has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the New York Islanders.

He will earn $600,000 in the NHL and $275,000 at the AHL level. Poulin posted a 16-21-7 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.87 goals-against average with New York's minor-league affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, last season.
Aug 11 - 3:28 PM

Michael Dal Colle hopes to play for the New York Islanders and for Canada at the World Junior Championship this season.

"That's come across my mind quite a few times," he said. "I'm definitely preparing myself for a big year this year." The 19-year-old was a force for the Oshawa Generals en route to a Memorial Cup title in 2015. Dal Colle was one of the final cuts from Canada's World Junior squad last year and would love an opportunity to represent his country. However, his top priority is cracking the Islanders' roster at training camp.
Aug 10 - 6:02 PM

Lubomir Visnovsky is entertaining the possibility of signing with a European club.

Visnovsky is intent on extending his playing career, but he's unlikely to re-sign with the New York Islanders. The 38-year-old had five goals and 20 points in 53 games last season. If he does land an NHL contract, we would be very hesitant to recommend drafting him in standard leagues at this stage of his career.
Jul 28 - 10:04 PM

Louis Leblanc has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders.

Leblanc was taken by Montreal with the 18th overall pick back in 2009, but he has fallen well short of expectations. The Canadiens traded him cheaply to Anaheim last summer and the Ducks didn't even bother to present him with a qualifying offer this year. He had 14 goals and 29 points in 71 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 17 - 2:01 PM

The New York Islanders have inked Kevin Czuczman to a one-year extension.

Czuczman had seven points and 56 penalty minutes in 50 AHL contests last season. The 24-year-old blueliner participated in 12 games at the NHL level back in 2013-14.
Jul 15 - 12:13 AM

Mike Halmo has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Islanders.

Halmo had a goal and 32 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Islanders in 2014-15. He might be able to play more regularly with New York next season, but it we don't think it will be as more than a bottom-six forward.
Jul 15 - 12:11 AM

The New York Islanders have yet to re-sign restricted free agent Brock Nelson.

Nelson earned $1.925 million last season and had 20 goals and 42 points in 82 contests. Nelson got off to a hot start with 19 points in his first 20 games but then regressed to normal numbers as he had nine, eight and six points respectively in his final three quarters of the season. Look for a 30-35 point season in 2015-16 for the winger.
Jul 4 - 6:59 AM


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