Player News - Islanders

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Matt Martin is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer.

He has led the NHL in hits for five years in a row. Martin contributed 10 goals, nine assists and 119 penalty minutes in 80 games in 2015-16, while racking up 365 hits. He would prefer to re-sign with the Islanders rather than test the open market.
May 16 - 9:16 AM

Frans Nielsen isn't sure if he'll be back with the Islanders next season, but he would like to be.

"It's going to be a little bit interesting. It's a weird feeling, for sure, not knowing if you're going to be back or not," he said. "I love being here and I would love to be back. We'll see what happens." His agent has been involved in some calls with GM Garth Snow, but there have been no contract negotiations. Nielsen can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
May 16 - 9:10 AM

Thomas Greiss helped Team Germany defeat Team USA in international competition for the first time in 23 years.

The Germans won the game 3-2. Greiss stopped 31 of 33 shots in what is arguably the biggest upset of the 2016 World Hockey Championship. Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer scored the game-winner for the Germans.
May 15 - 4:21 PM

Sebastian Collberg is on unconditional waivers.

Collberg's contract will presumably be terminated if he goes unclaimed. He had one season left on his entry-level deal. Collberg was originally taken with the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but the 22-year-old forward hasn't made much of an impact in the minors. He had three goals and 10 points in 42 AHL contests in 2015-16.
May 13 - 1:30 PM

Islanders GM Garth Snow expressed an interest in re-signing Kyle Okposo.

Okposo didn't have contract talks with the Islanders during the season and he's due for a big raise over his current $2.8 million annual cap hit. It might be challenging for the Islanders to re-sign Okposo and make it work within their cap situation, but it's far from impossible. If Okposo does test the free agent waters, he could end up being the best player on the market, depending on if Steven Stamkos re-signs or not.
May 13 - 11:02 AM

Thomas Greiss' strong play in relief of the injured Jaroslav Halak has pushed him into the conversation as the team's starter going forward.

"[Greiss] proved to be a No. 1 goalie in the League this season," Islanders GM Garth Snow said. "Thomas came in and displayed a great work ethic whether he was playing or whether he was backing up on a certain night. I think Thomas earned the respect from our players, from our coaches because of his personality, his demeanor, his work ethic. And when he got the opportunity to play, he seized it and he played great for us." Greiss is signed through the 2016-17 at a cap hit of $1.5 million while Jaroslav Halak has two seasons left on his contract at $4.5 million annually. It wouldn't be surprising if they open up the 2016-17 campaign as goaltenders 1A and 1B as opposed to the more clear cut roles of starter and backup.
Source: NHL.com
May 12 - 5:05 PM

Brock Nelson will play for Team USA in the 2016 World Championships.

Nelson had a goal and five points in 11 playoff games with the Islanders. Prior to that he had 26 goals and 40 points in 81 regular season contests. This will mark the fourth time that Nelson is playing for the United States in an international competition.
May 12 - 10:35 AM

Islanders GM Garth Snow doesn't anticipate making any changes to the team's coaching staff over the summer.

In other words, Jack Capuano is expected to return as the team's bench boss for the 2016-17 campaign. That's not surprising after Capuano led New York to its first playoff series win since 1993. In parts of six season's as the Islanders' head coach, the team has posted a 210-175-56 record and has made the playoffs three times.
May 11 - 10:16 AM

Travis Hamonic said the health of his family member has been "stabilized."

Hamonic wanted to be traded to be closer to home because of serious health concerns for a family member, but he rescinded that request now. "In the last little while, we've learned the situation has stabilized itself," he said. "Just relieved for that, thankful for that, pretty grateful. I love being an Islander, it's my home here, my family loves it, I love my teammates, this organization. Being an Islander is one of the best things I do with my life." His trade request went public in November, but he stayed with the Islanders for the entire season.
May 10 - 4:03 PM

Travis Hamonic has reportedly rescinded his request to be traded.

He originally asked to be traded last September to be close to his Winnipeg home, but he ended up playing the entire season with the Islanders. Now, it is being reported that he doesn't want to be moved, which is good news for New York.
May 10 - 12:31 PM

Thomas Greiss will join Team Germany in Russia for the World Championship.

The Islanders were knocked out of the playoffs by Tampa Bay this past weekend. Greiss had a 2.46 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage, while filling in for injured netminder Jaroslav Halak.
May 10 - 12:26 PM

Anders Lee (leg) feels like he could have been ready if the Islanders' second-round series against Tampa Bay would've went seven games.

Lee suffered a broken left fibula at the end of the regular season. He didn't get to play in the playoffs as a result and will have to wait until next year after the Lightning eliminated the Isles in five games.
May 10 - 12:21 PM

Kyle Okposo hasn't had contract talks with the Islanders all season.

There is still time for that change before he can become an unrestricted free agent in July, though. Okposo said he is open to coming back, but he is also "comfortable" with testing the open market. His previous contract had an annual average value of $2.8 million, so he is due for a substantial raise.
May 10 - 12:16 PM


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