Player News - Islanders

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Jaroslav Halak turned away 37 of 39 shots in Sunday's 3-2 semi-final win for Team Europe over Henrik Lundqvist and Team Sweden.

Halak was simply sensational, bailing Europe's defense on a two-on-one break for Sweden just before Tomas Tatar send them to the World Cup final to face Canada. It'll be a best-of-three series with the presumed-eventual winners.
Sep 25 - 4:17 PM

Jaroslav Halak will guard Team Europe's crease against Team Sweden in Sunday's semi-final.

Halak has turned away 95 of 111 combined shots as he played in all three of Europe's round robin games. He blanked USA, allowed two goals to the Czechs, and stopped 42 of 46 from the Canadians in his only loss. Suffice it to say if Europe can defend their zone well, then their Cinderella story has a real shot of continuing.
Source: Dan Rosen
Sep 25 - 12:32 PM

Cal Clutterbuck suffered a lower body injury and left practice early Saturday.

It does not seem to be a serious injury so expect Clutterbuck back at practice in the next day or two. Clutterbuck is capable of scoring 10-15 goals and 20-25 points but his fantasy value lies in hits where he usually is in the top-five in the league. Draft him accordingly.
Sep 25 - 9:33 AM

Still dealing with concussion symptoms dating back to February, Mikhail Grabovski unsurprisingly failed his physical.

The veteran forward is still not cleared to skate as he continues to recover from a concussion. His season continues to be in doubt. However even when healthy, the veteran forward has a high of 13 goals and 35 points since his 2011-12 campaign, so prospective fantasy owners shouldn't feel like their talent pool just got thinner.
Sep 24 - 1:07 PM

Johnny Boychuk has been sidelined with an upper body injury.

Coach Capuano noted that this is an ailment that's been "nagging" his stud defender, and there's no timetable for his return. However, it should be noted that neither party seems overly worried about the Boychuk. So this likely a cautious maneuver than anything else. Expect Boychuk to enter the season ready to try to finally hit the 10-goal mark after striking nine in each of the last two.
Sep 24 - 1:01 PM

Ryan Strome served as a center during Friday's practice.

Strome was paired with Anders Lee and Josh Bailey. Strome's a natural center, but for most of his 189-game NHL career he's served as a winger. There's no guarantee that this shift to center is a long-term change, but with training camp just getting underway, the Islanders are experimenting.
Sep 24 - 6:38 AM

Mikhail Grabovski is still dealing with concussion symptoms.

Grabovski has only played in one game since Feb. 19 and now his status for the start of 2016-17 is also in doubt. At this time he's not cleared to skate.
Sep 22 - 12:36 PM

Jaroslav Halak stopped 42 of 46 shots in Team Europe's 4-1 loss to Team Canada.

Don't let the stat line fool you, Halak was actually pretty good in this game. He made a few key saves to keep his team in the game early. His best save came when he robbed Brad Marchand of a sure goal (click the link below to see the save). The loss means that Team Europe finishes in second place in their group. They'll take on Sweden in the semi-final.
Sep 21 - 11:00 PM

Ryan Strome has agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Islanders.

He produced eight goals and 28 points in 71 games last season after he hit the 50-point mark in 2014-15. Strome will get a chance to prove himself over the next two campaigns to earn a heftier contract.
Sep 20 - 10:23 AM

Ryan Strome and the New York Islanders are closing in on the Islanders' self-imposed contract deadline.

The Islanders have a rule that any player not signed by the start of training camp won't be for the entire year. So unless the Islanders decide to break that rule, they need to agree to terms with Strome by Thursday morning. Strome is coming off of his entry-level contract. He had a 50-point rookie campaign, but followed it up with 28 points as a sophomore. He's got a lot of upside, but given the mixed start to his career, a bridge contract would likely be the best option.
Sep 20 - 8:36 AM

Jaroslav Halak blocked 28 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Czech Republic during World Cup action on Monday.

The Team Europe starter shut out the Americans on Saturday prior to backstopping the team to another victory on Monday afternoon.
Sep 19 - 5:58 PM

Tanner Fritz has agreed to a PTO with the New York Islanders.

Colin Markison will be at Islanders' camp on a professional tryout as well. Fritz had two goals and 10 assists in 19 games with Bridgeport of the AHL last season. Fritz and Markison both spent time with the Sound Tigers and the ECHL's Missouri Mavericks in 2015-16.
Sep 19 - 2:46 PM

Travis Hamonic is happy that he's still with the New York Islanders.

Hamonic had asked for a trade out of Long Island last year, but when one never materialized, he rescinded his trade request. "Reflecting on it during the summer, I was really appreciative of everyone’s respect, letting me deal with what was going on," Hamonic said. "Things solidified themselves in that situation and I’m excited to head into camp with a clear head, clear heart and ready to rock. Just keep moving forward. I’m happy as hell to be here."
Sep 18 - 11:50 AM

Joshua Ho-Sang says he learned from last year's training camp fiasco.

Ho-Sang overslept on the first day of training camp in 2015 and he was sent home immediately. This time, the 20-year-old says he knows better. "I don’t really think about it. It pretty much bugged me until I got here," Ho-Sang said. "Now I don’t care anymore. Show up on time." Ho-Sang's talent is undeniable, but whether or not he takes his responsibilities seriously will determine whether he becomes a good player at the NHL level or not. Ho-Sang scored 19 goals and 82 points in 66 games with OHL Niagara last season. Look for him to spend most of his time in the minors this season.
Sep 18 - 11:46 AM

Jaroslav Halak stopped all 35 shots the Americans sent his way in Saturday's tournament opener, winning the match 3-0 for Team Europe.

Halak was simply sensational, settling in quickly thanks to an early Marian Gaborik tally and forfeiting only a handful of juicy rebounds that his collapsed defense swatted away. Halak even stopped 17 shots in the third, as many as Europe had all game. One could not have imagined a more dominant way to begin the tournament for Halak, and will look to try his hand again on Tuesday against the Czechs.
Sep 17 - 6:18 PM


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