Player News - Islanders

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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

Casey Cizikas will need six weeks to recover from his finger injury.

Cizikas missed the Islanders' final six games. The Islanders failed to make the playoffs, so he'll have all summer to recover and prepare for the 2017-18 campaign.
Apr 10 - 4:39 PM

Nikolay Kulemin's upper-body injury was a shoulder problem.

Kulemin won't need surgery to correct the problem. He had 12 goals and 23 points in 72 contests this season.
Apr 10 - 2:23 PM

Cal Clutterbuck was dealing with a nagging groin injury.

Clutterbuck won't need offseason surgery to deal with the issue. He had five goals and 20 points in 66 games this season.
Apr 10 - 2:22 PM

John Tavares is hoping to sign an extension with the New York Islanders this summer.

Tavares is eligible to re-sign with the Islanders starting on July 1. He's still locked up for the 2017-18 campaign so he doesn't have to ink a new deal this summer, but if he doesn't then there will be speculation about his long-term plans.
Apr 10 - 12:01 PM

Andrew Ladd had been playing through a nagging injury for the first few months of the season.

That might explain why Ladd struggled right out of the gate in 2016-17 only to get better as the campaign went on. Now that he's adjusted to playing with the Islanders and he'll presumably be healthy going into 2017-18, it'll be interesting to see how he does next season. He'll be a good buy-low candidate going into drafts.
Apr 10 - 11:30 AM

Connor Jones will join the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Jones had no points in four games with the Islanders. At the AHL level he has 18 points and 87 penalty minutes in 56 games.
Apr 10 - 10:25 AM

Adam Pelech will continue his 2016-17 campaign by heading to the AHL.

Pelech had three goals and 10 points in 44 games with the Islanders. He's also recorded a goal and four points in 11 AHL contests.
Apr 10 - 10:24 AM


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