Player News - Islanders

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Dennis Seidenberg was named the Best Defenseman at the 2017 World Hockey Championship.

He produced one goal and seven assists for eight points in eight games for Team Germany. Seidenberg also earned a spot on the tournament All-Star Team. The 35-year-old defender had a strong World Cup of Hockey for Team Europe as well and played well for the Islanders in 2016-17. He will be back with the Isles next season after he signed a one-year extension last month.
May 24 - 10:07 AM

Luke Richardson has been hired by the New York Islanders to serve as an assistant coach.

Richardson was an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators from 2009-2012 and then was the head coach of the AHL's Binghamton Senators from 2012-2016. He also has 1,417 games worth of NHL experience as a player. "Luke brings a tireless work ethic and outstanding character to our organization," Islanders head coach Doug Weight said. "He'll have his hands on every aspect of the team, including our systems, skill development and team culture. Luke's coaching experience, including four years running an organization as Head Coach in Binghamton, make him an excellent addition to our staff."
Source: NHL.com
May 18 - 12:03 PM

Mathew Barzal captured the WHL championship with Seattle and was named the MVP of the playoffs.

He registered seven goals and 25 points in 16 games. The 16th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft of the Islanders had 69 helpers and 79 points in 41 matches for the Thunderbirds during the regular season. Seattle will start their quest for the Memorial Cup this later this week.
May 15 - 5:39 PM

Linus Soderstrom has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Islanders.

Soderstrom posted a 1.34 GAA and .943 save percentage in 22 Swedish league games during the 2016-17 regular season. He then had a 2.11 GAA and .922 save percentage in 16 playoff contests to lead HV71 Jonkoping to a championship. The Islanders took him with the 95th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
May 11 - 6:03 PM

Brock Nelson scored twice for the United States in a 3-0 win over Italy on Wednesday in preliminary round action at the World Hockey Championship.

He has three goals and one assist in four games at the tournament so far. Nelson had 20 goals and 45 points in 81 games for the Islanders during the 2016-17 campaign.
May 10 - 5:33 PM

John Tavares underwent surgery on his right hand a week after the regular season completed.

He is scheduled to have his cast removed next week. It was apparently an issue that lingered through much of the season, but he is expected to be fine for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Tavares produced 28 goals and 38 assists in 77 games. He sat out the last five contests of the year due to a hamstring injury.
May 9 - 8:53 AM

Thomas Greiss stopped 42 of 43 shots to hand Germany a 2-1 victory over Team USA in the 2017 World Championship.

Greiss had to stand out in order for Germany to stay in this one as the United States outshot them 20-6 in the third period alone. It's got to be a thrill for him after his 2016-17 run ended with the Islanders falling just short of the playoffs. Greiss had a 2.69 GAA and .913 save percentage in 51 regular season games in 2016-17. This was the first game of the 2017 Worlds for Germany and America.
May 5 - 5:01 PM

Travis Hamonic was named a finalist for the NHL's Foundation Player Award.

The award is given to the "NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community." The winner is also given $25,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. Hamonic was nominated alongside Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Apr 25 - 8:54 PM

Dennis Seidenberg has agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million extension with the New York Islanders.

That's a raise on the $1 million he earned from New York in 2016-17 after being bought out by the Boston Bruins. He had five goals and 22 points in 73 games while averaging 19:26 minutes per contest with the Islanders this season.
Apr 24 - 2:04 PM

There is a good chance that Ilya Sorokin could stay in the KHL next season.

The Islanders hope he comes over after a .929 save percentage and 1.61 goals-against average in 39 games for CSKA Moscow but with the NHL not going to the Olympics, the Russians will need goaltending at the 2018 Games and Sorokin could be the best of the remaining bunch. Stay tuned as the Islanders have a great one in Sorokin but may not be able to use him as quickly as they anticipated.
Apr 17 - 10:31 AM

The New York Islanders want to sign John Tavares to a long-term extension in the off-season.

Tavares will let the Islanders know if he is interested in a long-term deal in the next few weeks and if so, the negotiations will start soon. If not, Tavares, who is eligible to become a UFA after the 2017-18 season, will likely be dealt during this off-season. It should be interesting this spring and summer in Brooklyn.
Apr 16 - 11:39 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman feels the renovated Nassau Coliseum is "not a long-term option" for the Islanders.

The Islanders are currently playing in Barclays Center, but the arena owners are reportedly looking to push the team out after the 2018-19 campaign. There's also been complaints about the quality of the ice there with Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck recently suggesting that the poor ice quality resulted in John Tavares' season-ending lower-body injury. That said, Bettman isn't ready to say that the situation between the Islanders and Barclays Center is untenable.
Apr 14 - 10:17 AM

Doug Weight has been named as the New York Islanders' head coach, which removes the interim tag from his title.

The Islanders posted a 24-12-4 record after Weight took over as the head coach on Jan. 17. Prior to becoming the bench boss, Weight was serving as the team's assistant general manager. Meanwhile, the Islanders are reportedly also looking to hire a team president that would be above GM Garth Snow. It also remains to be seen if Weight will keep the assistant coaches, which are holdovers from when Jack Capuano was the bench boss, or if he'll make changes.
Apr 12 - 10:20 AM

The Islanders posted a 24-12-4 record during Doug Weight's tenure as head coach.

It's not clear if Weight will continue to serve as the head coach next season or possibly resume his previous role as the assistant GM. For his part, John Tavares offered his support. "I think you saw what he brought to the team and really sparked the great finish we had to the season and gave us a great opportunity to make it," Tavares said. "I think he did a great job of handling the group and there’s a lot of respect for Dougie. He was great for me as well, challenged me and tried to put me in a position to succeed individually. So yeah, I thought he did a great job."
Apr 11 - 9:26 AM

Ryan Strome (wrist) might have been able to return to the Islanders' lineup next week had they made the playoffs.

In other words, the Islanders would have gotten help from Strome in the first round if they had avoided elimination. As it is, Strome should be fine for the 2017-18 campaign.
Apr 10 - 4:40 PM


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