Player News - Islanders

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Josh Bailey's position with the New York Islanders might not be secure after his challenging 2013-14 campaign.

Bailey had just eight goals and 38 points in 77 games last season. He's signed through 2017-18, but the offseason additions of Mikhail Grabovski and wing Nikolai Kulemin further marginalized Bailey and he'll also be pressured by up-and-coming forwards Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, and Anders Lee as they fight for roster spots. For his part, Bailey is hoping to use the fact that he's spot's in jeopardy as motivation. "If someone were to take it the opposite way, it wouldn't work out for them," Bailey said. "There's certainly some points of inconsistency I'd like to correct and my goal totals aren't anywhere what I'm capable of or want them to be."
Sep 15 - 5:49 AM

Kyle Okposo spent much of the summer training with John Tavares.

The Islanders tried putting Okposo and Tavares on the same line last season and it worked out great. Okposo was the big benefactor as he went from recording 24 points in 48 games in 2013 to 69 points in 71 contests last season. With them continuing to work together over the summer, it should be easy for them to pick up where they left off.
Sep 15 - 5:45 AM

Brock Nelson could be first in line to play on the top unit with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo as the Islanders head into training camp.

Whoever gets the role will get an immediate jump in fantasy value as Tavares is one of the top 4-5 centers in the NHL and Okposo is not too shabby as well. Nelson potted 14 goals and 26 points in 72 games with the Islanders last season but ended the season with three goals in his last three games. "Johnny and Kyle are great players. To play alongside them, you have to be precise and on top of your game every minute," Nelson said. "If you're there, there's pressure to produce." He is obviously worth selecting if he is on the first line, but don't count on that being a permanent decision if it happens at the start of the season.
Sep 14 - 8:41 AM

Ryan Strome could be in some difficulty to make the Islanders roster out of training camp.

Anders Lee could be in the same boat as both players can be sent to the minors without going through waivers, something that isn't available to other Islander forwards. Strome could move from center to the wing as the Isles are strong down the middle with John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski and Frans Nielsen already assured of spots in the lineup. Strome had seven goals and 18 points in 37 NHL games last season, showing that he deserves a chance to stay.
Sep 14 - 8:37 AM

Jack Skille, who signed a two-way deal with the Islanders on July 1, is confident about making the team.

Skille will get $750,000 if he makes the team and $300,000 if he is sent to the minors. "I have a lot more confidence, I'm a stronger player in a lot of areas," Skille said. "I'm expecting to have a strong camp, to make a strong showing. I signed here for a reason. I think they're going to give me a good, strong look. A lot of it as a player in this situation, it goes on the coach's trust. You've got to earn his trust right away, get him on your side. That's through smart play, good decisions on the ice and accepting your role. When you consistently do that in practice, in games, you earn the coach's trust. It's a huge piece for a player in my situation." The 27-year-old was selected seventh overall by Chicago in the 2005 Draft but has only 24 career goals in 194 NHL games. He had four goals in 16 games with Columbus last season and had an assist in six playoff games as the Blue Jackets used him throughout their only round of post-season action. He has little to no
Sep 13 - 8:49 AM

John Tavares joined some of his Islanders teammates for informal skate at IceWorks on Wednesday.

He's recovered from the knee injury he suffered at the Winter Olympics and is eager to get the 2014-15 campaign started. Tavares registered 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games last season, but he sees areas where he can improve. "I know I wasn't totally happy with the way I played on a consistent basis," said the Islanders captain. "I want to lead by example, so I'm the first one to say I know I have to be better."
Sep 11 - 11:23 AM

John Spano, who was previously jailed for wire and bank fraud as a result of his attempt to own the New York Islanders, has been indicted for theft and forgery.

Spano got approval from the NHL board of governors to buy the Islanders from John Pickett for $165 million, but documents quickly emerged that cast doubt on the validity of his financial situation. He eventually admitted that he lied in order to obtain a $80 million loan to purchase the team and was sentenced to 71 months in prison. Spano was then sentenced to an additional 51 months in prison less than a decade later as a result of another fraud case.
Sep 10 - 6:15 PM

The season-ending knee injury superstar John Tavares sustained last February is behind him and the Islanders' captain says he'll be 100 percent when training camp opens.

"It [the knee] is great," Tavares said. "I was cleared to play the first week of May, so if we were in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs I'd be playing. I had a normal offseason and the injury has been put behind me for a good three months now." Tavares missed the final two months of last season after suffering a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus in his left knee playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. "I'd say it's out of my mind for sure," he said. "I've had a long time. You get in a game, you're always anxious, but I've played in some pretty intense scrimmages throughout the summer. I tried to skate a little more than I usually would just because I've had a lot of time off, probably the most time off I've had in my career with playing. Being three months, almost four months since I've been cleared to play, I've had a lot of time to get over some of those mental things."
Sep 8 - 10:47 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman likes the new prospective owners of the New York Islanders

Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin have agreed to take a minority stake in the Islanders with both taking majority control in two years. "We're going through the franchise transfer process, so it would be premature and inappropriate for me to comment on it until we complete that process," Bettman said. "Personally I like them and find them engaging, but ultimately it's a decision that gets made by the Board of Governors."
Sep 6 - 7:46 AM

Frans Nielsen expressed his excitement on the Isles' offseason moves on Thursday after practice, saying that there will be increased competition for ice time with the new free-agent signings.

"I really like what we did," Nielsen said of the Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin signings. "I think we're going to be a really tough team to match up against because we'll have so much offensive firepower, so many guys who can step up and do it." The Isles had a few capable offensive players last season, but after John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, not many produced points consistently. With a 58 point breakout year last season, Nielsen and the newcomers will try and make the Isles a more dangerous offensive team beyond the first line.
Source: Newsday
Sep 4 - 8:15 PM

Keith Seabrook has signed to a one-year, two-way (AHL/ECHL) contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Seabrook, 26, played 186 games over three seasons in the AHL before heading to Europe and playing for Val Pusteria of the Italian Serie A League in 2012. The younger brother of Blackhawk's defenseman Brent Seabrook notched 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 18 games in 2012-13 before taking last year off. The Washington Capitals originally drafted the 6-0, 198-lbs defenseman in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft.
Aug 23 - 9:33 AM

Charles Wang has agreed to sell a minority stake in the New York Islanders.

Jonathan Ledecky, a former co-owner of the Washington Capitals, and investor Scott Malki will take majority control of the team in two years. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said in a statement. The NHL's Board of Governors still has to approve the deal.
Aug 19 - 4:29 PM

Joshua Ho-Sang doesn't want to conform to the NHL stereotype if it means he can't be himself.

He doesn't plan to change despite being labelled as a player with "character issues" because of his flashiness and outspoken personality. The Islanders don't appear to mind, as they chose him with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 draft, and Ho-Sang feels it will be a good fit. Ho-Sang has high expectations of himself and he has the skill to be successful at the NHL level.
Aug 19 - 12:00 PM

Lubomir Visnovsky could be a nice sleeper pick for the coming season, as the former 68-point blueliner will be off the radar after a concussion riddled 2013-14 season.

Visnovsky played in just 24 games last year accumulating 11 points. The 38 year-old will still be relied on for heavy minutes and to quarterback the power play for the Isles if he can stay healthy. The fiery Slovakian will also help usher in the new guard on the Isles blueline, including top prospects Griffin Reinhart and Calvin de Haan.
Aug 17 - 8:02 PM

Anders Lee is looking to catch on full time with the Isles this season after handling a 22 game NHL call-up quite well last season.

The 24 year old had 14 points during his NHL stint and another 41 in 54 AHL games during his rookie year. The hulking power forward has nice speed and strength, while he is capable of playing a variety of roles on the ice.
Aug 16 - 8:02 PM

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