Player News - Islanders

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It's been reported that the Edmonton Oilers might sign Mikko Koskinen this summer.

Koskinen posted a 1.69 GAA and .931 save percentage in 31 KHL games in 2017-18. If the 29-year-old goaltender does sign with Edmonton, it will likely be to serve as Cam Talbot's backup instead of Al Montoya.
Apr 25 - 4:19 AM

Mathew Barzal has been named as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

Barzal is the heavy favorite to win after scoring 22 goals and 85 points in 82 games. In terms of points, only two players had better rookie campaigns than him in the salary cap era. They were Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Clayton Keller and Brock Boeser are the other two nominees for this year's Calder Trophy.
Apr 22 - 2:53 PM

The New York Islanders are expected to break ground on their new arena at some point in 2019 according to commissioner Gary Bettman.

The environmental review is expected to take 12-16 months and began last December. "Based on everything I know, based on everything I’ve been told, we expect that arena to be coming out of the ground sometime in the next nine months to a year," Bettman said Friday.
Apr 22 - 8:05 AM

Josh Bailey will play for Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship.

Bailey will join fellow Islanders Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier and Jordan Eberle on the roster. He broke out offensively in 2017-18 with 71 points (18 goals, 53 assists) in 76 games.
Apr 16 - 4:18 PM

Nikolay Kulemin (shoulder) believes he was close to a return to the lineup.

Kulemin, who was out of action since Nov. 7, thinks he could have played in the playoffs had the Islanders qualified. He was limited to 13 games in 2017-18 and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer.
Apr 9 - 12:34 PM

Calvin de Haan (shoulder) said he finally feels "human" again.

De Haan underwent surgery on Jan. 18 to repair a dislocated left shoulder. He expects to be ready for training camp and hasn't ruled out a return to the Islanders. De Haan can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Apr 9 - 12:30 PM

We aren't likely to see any major changes to the Islanders' management this season.

At least, if there will be any changes, we haven't seen indications of that yet. Bench boss Doug Weight and GM Garth Snow are still slated to lead the exit interviews. They're also scheduled to address the media with co-owner Jon Ledecky on Monday. The Islanders have missed the playoffs for two straight years and their big task this summer will be trying to convince John Tavares to sign a long-term deal with the club.
Apr 9 - 5:17 AM

Johnny Boychuk will undergo surgery on Monday.

Boychuk would not disclose what is bothering him, but he expects to be 100 percent by June. It has apparently been a nagging issue that has hindered him all season.
Apr 8 - 12:57 PM

Tanner Fritz has been loaned to Bridgeport of the AHL.

In 34 appearances with the Islanders in 2017-18, Fritz notched three goals and seven points.
Apr 8 - 11:24 AM

Mathew Barzal had a pair of assists Saturday to tie the rookie assist record for the Islanders.

Barzal ended the season with 63 helpers as he tied Hall-of-Famer Bryan Trottier for the most assists as an Islander rookie. The prohibitive favorite for the Calder Trophy, Barzal chipped in with 22 goals to give him 85 points, currently tied for 12th best in the NHL. It was quite the season for Barzal who will become the number one center for New York if John Tavares leaves as a UFA in July.
Apr 8 - 9:03 AM

Anders Lee scored his 40th of the season Saturday.

Lee became one of eight players to hit the 40 goal mark this season, joining Alex Ovechkin, Patrik Laine, William Karlsson, Eric Staal, Evgeni Malkin, Connor McDavid and Tyler Seguin. Lee had the least amount of assists among the octet with only 22 but it was still quite the season for the winger. He may not have as good a season next year for the Islanders if his center John Tavares bolts as he is eligible to become a UFA on July 1.
Apr 8 - 8:58 AM

Thomas Greiss stopped 36 of 39 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Greiss will finish the season with back-to-back wins, the first time he has done that since he had five-straight in November. The German netminder had another inconsistent season playing behind an invisible defensive unit. He'll finish the season with a 13-8-2 record, a 3.82 goals-against-average and a .892 save percentage. The Islanders have him locked up for another two years at a $3.33 million cap hit.
Apr 7 - 10:34 PM

John Tavares scored the overtime winning goal in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Tavares capped off what could be his last game as an Islander with an unbelievable dangle and snipe for the OT winner. If he hits the open market, he'll be arguably the most sought out after free-agent in recent memory and he showed why tonight. The 27-year-old center will finish off the season with 37 goals and 84 points in 82 games. Andrew Ladd, Anders Lee and Ryan Pulock also scored in the win.
Apr 7 - 10:01 PM

Nick Leddy will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Red Wings.

Neither team has anything to play for outside of improving their lottery odds, so it's not surprising to see the Islanders rest a key piece. Fellow blue liner Johnny Boychuk will also watch the game from the press box.
Apr 7 - 6:49 PM

Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Both teams are eliminated from playoff contention, but the result of tonight's clash will affect the draft lottery. Greiss has a 12-8-2 record with a 3.86 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage this season.
Apr 7 - 11:32 AM


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