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Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Okie Dokie Edition: 7/4/15

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It’s Independence Day in the United States, where we celebrate with barbecues, family, friends and fireworks. Some even partake in an alcoholic beverage or two – or four and five. However you choose to mark this historic date in United States history, be safe and enjoy it with the people that matter the most in your life.

For us at Islanders Insight, after some server maintenance this morning, we are back online and looking forward to the Blue-White scrimmage on Wednesday evening at Barclays Center. I will be on hand with Scott Charles to cover the event live so keep it tuned in for all the latest updates. You can follow us both on the Twitter machine, @tazman19 and @scottmcharles.

Islanders Showing Faith In Roster During Free Agency

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When free agency began on Wednesday, July 1st, the New York Islanders weren’t expected to make any drastic moves, in spite of a first round defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals in last season’s opening playoff round.

The Isles amassed over 100 points for the first time in over 30 years and placed fourth in the National Hockey League in goals per game (2.99), trailing only the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers in the overall rankings.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Making a List, Checking it Twice: 7/3/15

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 29:  The New York Islanders celebrate their 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 29, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders offseason checklist is getting smaller two days after the start of free agency. Personally, this speaks to General Manager Garth Snow‘s ability not to sign players quickly, but to limit the amount of offseason moves he needs to make.

Islanders Summer Report Card: Matt Martin

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UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 28: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders skates before a game against the New Jersey Devils at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 28, 2013 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Matt Martin

Season: 78 GP — 8 G — 6 A — 14 PTS — 114 PIM — -4

Career: 358 GP — 32 G — 37 A — 69 PTS — 561 PIM

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Slow and Steady: 7/2/15

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on April 7, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 5-4.

The New York Islanders flew virtually under the radar yesterday, methodically making the necessary moves, ones most could have expected.

New York Islanders Sign Goaltender Thomas Greiss

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 15:  Thomas Greiss #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins warms up prior to playing the Tampa Bay Lightning at Consol Energy Center on December 15, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Daniel Kubus/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders departed from their usual sit and wait philosophy on the first day of free agency.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: All is Quiet For Now: 7/1/15

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders takes a penalty shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As free agency looms, starting at 12 P.M. ET, the collective hockey world will be avoiding work at all costs, flipping through Twitter and hoping their team can make a splash. For Islander fans, the mood will be more relaxed.

NY Islanders Most Expensive Game For 2015-16 Season Is Home Opener At Barclays Center

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The New York Islanders enter the 2015-16 NHL season with high expectations. Last year, the Islanders finished with an overall record of 47-28-7, even in a tough Metropolitan Division, and were led by standout John Tavares, who had his most productive season of his career. Tavares, also the club’s captain, found the net 38 times and contributed 48 assists, helping propel the Islanders to a remarkable 21-6-3 record versus their division opponents.

The Islanders will take the ice for preseason games beginning on September 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers. The preseason lasts until October 4, and tickets for these exhibition contests are averaging $153.89 on the secondary market. Over that span, they will also face clubs like the New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals.

Islanders Summer Report Card: Kyle Okposo

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on April 7, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kyle Okposo

Season: 60 GP – 18 G – 33 A – 51 PTS – 12 PIM – -8

Career: 450 GP – 117 G – 188 A – 305 PTS – 259 PIM

Contract: 2.8mm cap hit through 2015-16

Islanders, Anders Lee Agree To New Deal

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07:  Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders looks on before a face off against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 7, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 5-4.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Check one item off of the New York Islanders’ to-do list this summer, as the organization announced today that forward Anders Lee has agreed to terms on a four-year, $15 million contract.

Per the Islanders’ press release:

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Before the Frenzy: 6/30/15

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at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season.

The beginning of July often brings up a lot of feelings for hockey fans and writers.

Islanders Summer Report Card: Josh Bailey

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in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 27, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Josh Bailey

Season: 70 GP – 15 G – 26 A – 41 PTS – 12 PIM – +3

Career: 476 GP – 81 G – 137 A – 218 PTS – 147 PIM

Contract: 3.3mm cap hit through 2017-18 – UFA

Islanders Announce Rookie Camp Rosters

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The New York Islanders and Barclays Center are getting set to host the team’s annual summer event, the Blue-White scrimmage game and skills competition on Wednesday, July 8. This will be the first official team activity taking place – not counting NHL mandated exhibition games – at their new home on Atlantic Avenue.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: NHL Draft Hangover Edition (6/29/15)

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The New York Islanders head into the July 1 free-agent frenzy having had a successful draft weekend, according to our own Chris Triantafilis.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Now What Do We Do? 6/28/15

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NHL: Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders

Now that the NHL draft has concluded with the New York Islanders and general manager Garth Snow scoring high marks all across the league, what’s next? What else is going on as we sit here on a gloomy Sunday morning waiting for the clouds to lift so summer can resume?

1 - In House Cleaning: Snow has to get Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Thomas Hickey, all restricted free agents, under contract for the 2015-16 season. There is no question in most analysts minds that all three will be completed with little drama and even less fanfare.

Snow, Islanders Are Winners At 2015 NHL Draft

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SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26:  Mathew Barzal poses after being selected 16th overall by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It was supposed to be a quiet process at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft for the New York Islanders, who entered the weekend with five draft picks, none of them in the first two rounds. Instead, Islanders general manager Garth Snow proved, once again, that he had a few surprises up his sleeve and made the Islanders winners, once again, on draft day.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Whatta Ya Do For An Encore? Edition: 6/27/2015

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UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 15:  Islanders General Manager Garth Snow speaks to the media during a press conference to announce center John Tavares has signed a six-year contract extension with the New York Islanders on September 15, 2011 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Islanders)

When things got underway in Sunrise, Florida for the 2015 NHL entry draft, there were no eyes on the New York Islanders table. Well, except for the smattering of East coast transports who now make their home in the sunshine state.

Blog: Isles Select Anthony Beauvillier

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Islanders general manager Garth Snow may have scored another gem in trading up to draft Anthony Beauvillier. He’s labeled as a center but can play left wing as well. He’s the kind of player every coach loves because you can put him in any spot and he’ll do it. He’s very smart and can read plays very well. He’s lightning quick and as I have stated before can play any role you ask of him and he’ll compliment his line mates like belongs on that line. Make no mistake, this kid can score and will be a big offensive threat. He’s got top 6 written all over him. He’ll need time to physically mature, but he’s got enough of that and when he’s ready will be a great complement. Think Ryan Strome (Style).

Name: Anthony Beauvillier

Position: C/LW

Height/Weight: 5’10” 173lbs

ISS: 41

Central Scouting: 33 (North America)

TSN Bob McKenzie: 43

TSN Craig Button: 18

Blog: Isles Select Mathew Barzal

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The New York Islanders pulled a trade that didn’t necessarily catch fans off guard, but it was what the Isles got in return that was pure magic by general manager Garth Snow. The Islanders traded 2012 4th overall pick Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in this years draft.

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 6/26/15

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during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is today, but if you forgot to mark it on your calendars, I won’t fault you. That’s because, for the first time since the 2007 draft, the Islanders don’t have a single draft pick until the third round.

At this time last season, the Islanders picked Michael Dal Colle with the fifth-overall pick – the sixth time in the last seven seasons the New York held a top-five draft selection – before also trading into the back end of the first round to draft Joshua Ho-Sang.

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