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There's plenty of interest in potential free agent Kyle Okposo.

Okposo will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Now that all teams are allowed to talk to free agents, there's reportedly many inquiring about Okposo. According to Arthur Staple, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Detroit, Buffalo and Florida are all reportedly interested in his services. The 28-year-old had 22 goals and 64 points in 79 games in 2015-16. He'll command a long term deal and a lot of money.
Jun 26 - 6:29 PM

Expect a lot of interest in unrestricted free agent Kyle Okposo.

The veteran can listen to offers from NHL teams on Saturday and we know of at least five squads that are allegedly rather keen on signing the winger to a new deal. Detroit, St. Louis, Winnipeg, L.A. and Minnesota are said to be in on Okposo. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 11:45 AM

Kyle Okposo (as well as every other pending free agent) can listen to offers from the other 29 teams as of 12:01 AM Saturday.

It's very unlikely that Okposo will return to the Islanders so there should be a lineup at his front door. While nothing will be official until July 1 when contracts expire, Okposo and his agent could quickly come to an agreement with another team. The talented winger had 22 goals and 64 points in 79 games last season and that production will come in handy for any NHL team as well as poolies.
Jun 25 - 8:46 AM

The New York Islanders would love to re-sign Frans Nielsen.

Nielsen is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. GM Garth Snow said that he talked to Nielsen's agent within the last week and while they have moved closer to a deal, nothing is imminent. Nielsen had 20 goals and 52 points and that could be hard to replace should he bolt to greener pastures. Nielsen should be a 20 goal, 50 point player once again next season so draft him accordingly.
Jun 25 - 8:42 AM

The New York Islanders have selected Kieffer Bellows with the 19th pick in the 2016 Draft.

Bellows, son of former second overall pick in 1982 Brian Bellows, appears to be a chip off the ol’ block. HE accomplished the rare feat of 50 goals and 100+ PIMs over 62 games with the US National Development Team U-18’s. A shoot-first forward, Bellows appears to exemplify the idea that all that matters is the ability to fill the net. His defensive and skating prowess have been questioned regularly, but sometimes the results speak for themselves. He’ll likely be taking his talents to Boston University, where he’ll have plenty of opportunity to refine his game.
Jun 24 - 9:43 PM

The New York Islanders will kickoff the season with 10 of their first 13 games at home.

The tradeoff is that 17 of the Islanders' final 24 contests will be away from home. The Islanders had a 25-11-5 record at home last season compared to a 20-16-5 road record.
Jun 22 - 8:35 AM

Expect to see Matt Martin hit free agency on July 1.

Apparently there are no negotiations on-going between Martin and the Islanders. Martin had 10 goals and 19 points last season with 119 penalty minutes. His real value in fantasy is in the hits category as he has led the NHL in each of the last five seasons, picking up 365 in 2015-16.
Jun 19 - 8:51 AM

Kyle Okposo is likely to hit the open market on July 1.

"All indications are that we're headed to free agency with Kyle," said Okposo's agent, Pat Brisson, on Monday. The 28-year-old winger scored 22 goals and 64 points in 79 games for the Islanders last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 6:21 PM

The yearly breakdown of Casey Cizikas' five-year, $16.75 million contract extension has been revealed.

Cizikas will earn $2 million in 2016-17, $3 million in 2017-18, and then $3.5 million, $3.75 million, and $4 million in each of the final three campaigns. All-in-all, it's a lot of money to give to a guy that averaged just 12:41 minutes per game in 2015-16. That being said, he managed to record 30 points despite that limited role and at the age of 25, it's not out of the question that he might develop a bit more.
Jun 3 - 2:39 PM

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

Holmstrom had four goals, 24 points, and 138 penalty minutes in 76 games with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2015-16. The 29-year-old forward is likely to remain in the minors for the entirety of the 2016-17 campaign.
Jun 2 - 6:17 PM

Casey Cizikas has inked a five-year, $16.75 million extension with the New York Islanders.

Cizikas would have been a restricted free agent this summer after completing his two-year, $2 million deal. The 25-year-old forward is getting that sizable raise after scoring eight goals and 30 points in 80 contests in 2015-16. He added another three assists in 11 playoff games.
Jun 2 - 3:28 PM

The New York Islanders have inked Bracken Kearns a one-year, two-way deal.

He generated 23 goals and 53 points in 73 games with Bridgeport of the AHL this past campaign. Kearns also had one assist in two outings with the Islanders.
Jun 1 - 1:08 PM

Ilya Sorokin is the KHL's top goalie for the 2015-16 season.

He captured the award and was named to the league's All-Star team. Sorokin posted a 17-7-4 record for CSKA in the regular season along with a 1.06 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage. He also went 15-5 in the playoffs and lost in Game 7 of the Gagarin Cup final to Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Sorokin was chosen in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Islanders.
May 31 - 6:25 PM

Jaroslav Halak reportedly needs sports hernia surgery.

It's unclear if he has had the procedure already, but once he does it will take him approximately six-to-eight weeks to recover. Halak missed the last 17 games of the regular season and the playoffs because of a groin injury.
May 18 - 10:10 AM

Jaroslav Halak isn't sure what the Islanders will look like in the crease next season.

Thomas Greiss stepped up when Halak was hurt in 2015-16 and the Islanders like 24-year-old netminder Jean-Francois Berube. The three-goalie system isn't an ideal situation and it is unlikely to continue. "I like it here, but they just have to decide which way they want to go for next season," said Halak. "J-F is a young goalie, Greisser played well all season long. So we'll see." He posted 18 wins along with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage this past season, but he appeared in just 36 contests.
May 16 - 9:29 AM


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