Player News - Islanders

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John Tavares is in no hurry to sign a contract extension with the New York Islanders.

The 2017-18 season is the final one on his current contract. "For me, there’s really no rush," Tavares told Newsday. "I’m trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it’s been good so far . . . In terms of signing a new contract, there’s a lot that goes into it. To really dive into all the details, get into all the conversations I’ve had with Garth [Snow], the team and Doug [Weight], I don’t think it’s productive to the situation and the negotiating. I prefer to keep it all internal, that’s the best way to keep it all open, honest and healthy." The Islanders captain had 28 goals and 66 points in 77 games last season. Getting him signed long-term is obviously high on the team's to-do list.
Aug 16 - 7:00 PM

Shane Prince will be out anywhere between four to six months after undergoing ankle surgery.

Prince was dealing with a high ankle sprain late in the season. During his rehabilitation in the summer, he felt increasing discomfort and was then told he needed surgery to repair the injury. The 24-year-old had five goals and 18 points in 50 games with the Islanders last season.
Aug 14 - 4:49 PM

Islanders forward Anders Lee is excited to have Jordan Eberle on the roster for the 2017-18 season.

"[Eberle's] bringing a right-handed shot as a forward that can obviously shoot and score from anywhere," Lee said. "He's a playmaker out on the ice and sees the ice extremely well. He can add some extra threats for us on the power play that can really help elevate us." Eberle accounted for 51 points last season in 82 games, but he is projected to skate alongside John Tavares and could return to the 60-point plateau in 2017-18.
Aug 11 - 12:53 PM

Stephen Gionta has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders.

Gionta will earn $650,000 at the NHL level or $225,000 in the minors. In 26 appearances with the Islanders last season, he contributed one goal and five assists. Gionta also had three points in seven outings with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Aug 8 - 2:36 PM

Doyle Somerby is expected to test the open market as a free agent on Aug. 15.

"It almost doesn't make sense not to talk to everybody," agent Brett Peterson said. "You're drafted when you're 17 and a half with no say who picks you. If you choose to complete your college career, you have that right. That's just the way the market is. They have a lot of defensive prospects in New York. So that's how we landed at this." Somerby completed his fourth season with Boston University in 2016-17 as a stay-at-home defenseman. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder was the team's captain last year. He still could sign with the Islanders after they drafted him 125th overall in 2012, but he wants to see what else is out there.
Aug 6 - 9:29 AM

Calvin de Haan and the New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.3 million.

The agreement was made before his scheduled arbitration hearing on Wednesday. De Haan had his best offensive season in 2016-17 with five goals and 20 assists for 25 points in 82 games. He also ranked fourth in the NHL with 190 blocked shots. "Calvin is a home-grown product of the organization and has developed into one of our top defensemen during his time with the organization," GM Garth Snow said. "He plays important minutes for our club and we're excited to have him back for one more year." The 26-year-old defender will be eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Aug 2 - 11:17 AM

John Tavares didn't want to discuss details on his contract situation, but he reiterated Tuesday that he wants to stay with the New York Islanders.

Tavares has been eligible to sign an extension since July 1, but he still doesn't have a new deal and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. However, he is confident that something will be worked out eventually. "I think I'll just keep that all internal," Tavares told TSN in Toronto. "We've had great open communication, it's obviously a great place to play, I've enjoyed my time being an Islander and I want that experience to continue. For me, I just want to get ready for the upcoming season and work on being the best player I can be for the Islanders."
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 1 - 6:37 PM

Calvin de Haan and the New York Islanders appear to be far apart in contract talks.

The Islanders submitted an offer of $1.95 million, while de Haan is asking for $5 million. If they can't bridge the gap then the two sides will have an arbitration hearing on Wednesday.
Jul 31 - 1:46 PM

Calvin de Haan has an arbitration hearing slated for Aug. 2.

The two sides will continue to talk contract to avoid the hearing. The Islanders defenseman posted personal bests in 2016-17 with five goals and 20 assists for 25 points in 82 games. De Haan also had a plus-15 rating along with a 139 hits and 190 blocks.
Jul 28 - 5:02 PM

Connor Jones has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders.

Jones had five goals, 19 points and 89 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL last season. He also played in four matches with the Islanders at the end of the year, including his NHL debut on Apr. 2.
Jul 27 - 1:04 PM

Kieffer Bellows will play in the WHL this campaign and then hopes to join the Islanders for the 2018-19 season.

Bellows notched seven goals and seven assists in 34 games for Boston University last year. He chose to continue developing his game with the Portland Winterhawks rather than return to the college ranks. "I think just the 72 games in the [WHL] regular season is the biggest thing," said Bellows. "I can't thank [Boston University coach David] Quinn enough and all the guys on the team. I had an unbelievable first year at Boston University, but I just felt it was best for me to go and play more games." He was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 25 - 8:34 PM

Adam Pelech has signed a four-year contract with the New York Islanders.

Pelech's new deal will reportedly have an average annual value of $1.6 million. "Adam has proven at a very young age that he's capable of playing an important defensive role on our team," said GM Garth Snow. "He will be an important piece of our defensive core moving forward and I'm excited to watch him continue to develop at the NHL level." He produced 10 points in 44 games with the Isles last year and he had five points in 13 AHL appearances with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Jul 24 - 3:39 PM

The New York Islanders have elevated Greg Cronin from the position of assistant coach to associate coach.

Cronin joined the Islanders as an assistant before the start of the 2014-15 campaign. He had also previously served as an assistant coach with the Islanders from 1998-2003. "Greg's hockey knowledge and experiences of over 30 years in the coaching profession are an asset to our coaching staff," Islanders bench boss Doug Weight said. "He's run our penalty-kill the past several seasons and each year, it's been one of the best in the league. He has a tireless work ethic on the bench during games, at practice and in meetings. His desire to get the best out of every player, to help achieve our goal of winning is impressive and I'm thrilled to continue to work with him."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 5:48 PM

John Tavares' former teammate Matt Martin doesn't think we should read too much into the fact that he hasn't signed an extension with the New York Islanders yet.

Tavares still has a season left on his existing deal, but he could have re-signed with the Islanders as early as July 1. Given how critical he is to the Islanders' franchise, it wouldn't have been surprising had he signed as soon as he was eligible. As Martin noted though, it's not that simple. "I think Johnny's a pretty loyal guy," Martin said at the NHL Store Powered by Reebok on Monday. "It's a tough decision. Obviously his next contract is probably going to be where he essentially plays for the rest of his [NHL] career. It's something he's got to think over and consider. A great player in Stamkos went through the same thing last year and it went right to the wire and he decided to stay home. I don't think that he didn't sign July 1 is any indication he's not signing with the Islanders. I think it's a process that he's got to think over and do what's best for him and his family."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 18 - 9:31 AM

Christopher Gibson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders.

Gibson had a 2.52 GAA and .912 save percentage in seven AHL contests last season. In 2015-16 he appeared in four games with the Islanders and posted a 3.40 GAA and .882 save percentage over that span.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 14 - 2:35 PM


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