Player News - Islanders

Date: Team: Pos:

Keith Seabrook has signed to a one-year, two-way (AHL/ECHL) contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Seabrook, 26, played 186 games over three seasons in the AHL before heading to Europe and playing for Val Pusteria of the Italian Serie A League in 2012. The younger brother of Blackhawk's defenseman Brent Seabrook notched 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 18 games in 2012-13 before taking last year off. The Washington Capitals originally drafted the 6-0, 198-lbs defenseman in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft.
Aug 23 - 9:33 AM

Charles Wang has agreed to sell a minority stake in the New York Islanders.

Jonathan Ledecky, a former co-owner of the Washington Capitals, and investor Scott Malki will take majority control of the team in two years. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said in a statement. The NHL's Board of Governors still has to approve the deal.
Aug 19 - 4:29 PM

Joshua Ho-Sang doesn't want to conform to the NHL stereotype if it means he can't be himself.

He doesn't plan to change despite being labelled as a player with "character issues" because of his flashiness and outspoken personality. The Islanders don't appear to mind, as they chose him with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 draft, and Ho-Sang feels it will be a good fit. Ho-Sang has high expectations of himself and he has the skill to be successful at the NHL level.
Aug 19 - 12:00 PM

Lubomir Visnovsky could be a nice sleeper pick for the coming season, as the former 68-point blueliner will be off the radar after a concussion riddled 2013-14 season.

Visnovsky played in just 24 games last year accumulating 11 points. The 38 year-old will still be relied on for heavy minutes and to quarterback the power play for the Isles if he can stay healthy. The fiery Slovakian will also help usher in the new guard on the Isles blueline, including top prospects Griffin Reinhart and Calvin de Haan.
Aug 17 - 8:02 PM

Anders Lee is looking to catch on full time with the Isles this season after handling a 22 game NHL call-up quite well last season.

The 24 year old had 14 points during his NHL stint and another 41 in 54 AHL games during his rookie year. The hulking power forward has nice speed and strength, while he is capable of playing a variety of roles on the ice.
Aug 16 - 8:02 PM

A lawsuit was filed against New York Islanders owner Charles Wang on Monday, claiming he backed out of an agreement to sell the team.

The lawsuit claimed that NY ICE had completed all requirements for the sale, but "Wang was having seller's remorse because he believed he had agreed to sell the Islanders for a price too low." Wang agreed to sell the franchise to NY ICE in March for $420 million before he boosted the price in June to $548 million. According to the suit, the Pennsylvania group is asking the court to force Wang to sell them the team under the original terms or award a "breakup fee" of $10 million plus other damages. A New York Islanders spokesman said "the reports have no merit" when asked about the allegations made in the lawsuit.
Aug 12 - 10:38 AM

John Tavares is eager for the start of the 2014-15 season after a long summer.

"While the summer's been good for other reasons, it's been too long and I want to change that this coming season," said Tavares, who suffered a season-ending knee injury at the Winter Olympics in February while playing for Canada. "It's probably the longest stretch I've ever gone without playing. I’m looking forward to training camp and I want to finish off the summer strong and come into the year motivated with a lot to prove." He sat the Islanders last 22 games of the year, but his injury didn't require surgery. Tavares has had s good summer if training and he's excited by the team's off-season moves.
Aug 8 - 9:42 AM

Ryan Strome will likely play on the wing in 2014-15 if he makes the Islanders out of training camp.

New York will feature John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski and Frans Nielsen down the middle. Strome, who is a natural cetner, isn't concerned about the possible position switch. "It doesn't really change and I don't know what to expect," he said. "I played center most of my time here and then the last week I played wing and I thought I played pretty well. Things change and being versatile is obviously an advantage. Whatever they have in mind, I'm prepared for." Strome split the 2013-14 campaign between the Islanders and the team's AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. He produced seven goals and 18 points in 37 NHL contests.
Aug 4 - 10:40 AM

John Tavares' No. 91 will be retired by the OHL Oshawa Generals.

Tavares broke the OHL records by scoring 215 goals and 433 points during his junior career. He spent parts of four seasons with the Generals before he was dealt to the London Knights. This will be just the fourth number that the Generals have retired, along with the numbers of Red Tilson, Eric Lindros, and Bobby Orr. "To be up there with the three other guys that are there … it's hard to really believe it," Tavares said. "It's something I'll be pinching myself about for a long time. I really appreciate that people believe that I am a part of such a great history like that."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 1 - 4:31 PM

Kevin Poulin has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders.

Poulin comes with a $650,000 annual cap hit, but he'll technically only make $175,000 per season at the AHL level. We say technically because his contract comes with a guarantee that he'll earn no less than $275,000 annually, so he'll end up getting at least that amount even if he never gets called up to the Islanders.
Jul 24 - 10:46 AM

Defenseman Griffin Reinhart thinks he will make the New York Islanders in the coming season.

New York's first-round pick (No. 4 overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-4, 217-pound defenseman impressed Islanders brass at training camp and scored a goal in a preseason game against the Calgary Flames. But the Isles decided Reinhart would be better served returning to the WHL. In his final season of junior hockey, Reinhart learned what it takes to become a champion. The Oil Kings captain played 66 games in the regular season and playoffs, and combined for 34 points and a plus-31 rating, leading Edmonton to a Memorial Cup championship. Now, he's itching to make the Islanders. And, if he does, he'll be circling Dec. 27 on his calendar. That will be New York's first game against the Buffalo Sabres, who used the second pick of the 2014 draft on center Sam Reinhart, Griffin's younger brother. Many believe Sam will play in the NHL as early as this season. He had 105 points (36 goals, 69 assists) in 60 games for the WHL's Kootenay Ice in 2013-14.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 10:54 AM

Matt Donovan has taken the Islanders' one-year qualifying offer.

Donovan's deal is two-ways and will pay him $826,875 annually at the NHL level. He had two goals and 16 points in 52 games with the Islanders last season.
Jul 15 - 6:46 PM

Brett Gallant has accepted his qualifying offer from the New York Islanders.

That's a two-way deal that comes with a $605,000 annual cap hit, according to Cap Geek. Gallant had two points and 255 penalty minutes in 58 AHL games in 2013-14.
Jul 15 - 6:44 PM

The New York Islanders have signed Calvin De Haan to a three-year, $5.9 million contract.

De Haan had three goals and 13 assists in 51 contests with the Islanders in 2013-14. He also spent some time in the minors, but this contract all-but guarantees that he'll stay on the Islanders' roster next season.
Jul 15 - 4:32 PM

Casey Cizikas has agreed to a two-year, $2 million contract with the New York Islanders.

Cizikas had 16 points and 30 penalty minutes in 80 games with the Islanders last season. He was rather productive offensively in the minors before he established himself in the NHL, but he's not likely to spend much time on a scoring line with the Islanders.
Jul 15 - 4:29 PM


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