Submitted by View From Secti... on Tue, 10/25/2016 - 18:19
For years during the rebuild, the New York Islanders have struggled to find goaltending and depth. Three summers ago they signed Jaroslav Halak to a four-year deal and he became the undisputed number one goalie. Last year, the Islanders signed Thomas Greiss to a two-year deal and he not only filled in admirably, he helped John Tavares and the Islanders advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 23 years. Before last season began, Halak was injured to start the season and the Islanders claimed J.F Berube, Calder Cup winner and former Los Angeles Kings prospect to fill in when necessary and winning half of his games last year. All three goalies are on the roster to start this season and it appears it will continue until it is necessary to make a change.
Submitted by View From Secti... on Tue, 10/18/2016 - 10:19
Heading into tonight’s game against the San José Sharks, I just wanted to bring up a few thoughts as the season gets longer and we start to see the team materialize so fans have an idea of what to expect in the upcoming games.
Josh Bailey looks different this year and that’s a good thing. Bailey played in over 23 minutes against Anaheim and was not a detriment on the ice. I noticed it in preseason and he looks good so far, but what I need to see out of Josh is a full season of this new determination and not a 5-7 game streak.
I still feel the goaltending is good, but I’ll be critical of Jaro Halak because his last game should’ve been a shutout. He and the defense need to communicate to figure out when the defense should get involved in blocking a shot or letting clearing a path so he can clearly see the puck and make the save. Having said that, he should be in net tonight against the Sharks.
Submitted by View From Secti... on Sun, 10/16/2016 - 12:19
The New York Islanders lost their second consecutive game and begin the young season 0-2-0 by losing to the Washington capitals 2-1. I did not see the game but you can see the highlights here:
I really can’t give you me take on the game either but the theme is still the same after two games: Not everyone are on the same page yet. Here’s a quote from Ryan Strome via the New York Islanders:
“There’s not a lot of time to think about it, we have to play tomorrow night,” Strome said. “It’s important that we get on the same page. For bits and pieces of these games we’ve had some guys going, some guys not going, we need all of our guys on the same page – 12 forwards, six D for 60 minutes and we’ll be fine. We have a good opportunity tomorrow at home.”
On a night full of new faces and new line combinations, it was a pair of old running mates that accounted for the New York Islanders’ offense.
Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas and Nikolay Kulemin mounted a comeback effort for the Islanders, but the effort of the energetic trio was not enough, as the Isles fell to the New York Rangers 5-3 at Madison Square Garden on opening night.
Submitted by View From Secti... on Wed, 10/12/2016 - 13:19
It’s that time again where I try to take some pride in making my Eastern Conference predictions and finding out in 6 months whether I know what I’m writing about. Again, it is my opinion and not of the entire staff here at Isles Talk. I have my usual criteria where I place each team into four different categories: 6 Core teams, 4 bubble teams, 3 sophomore teams and 3 lottery teams. I’ll give a description of each one and since this is a New York Islanders web page, I’ll save my analysis for them at the end. Now I have to admit, I’ve had a really difficult time putting certain teams in different categories. Some of the teams are obvious, but I’m going to be honest this looks like a 12 team race for the playoffs. Many of the bottom teams have improved over the last year or two and some just don’t deserve to be where I put them.
Submitted by View From Secti... on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 16:19
As you all know – John Panarese has been writing with me for a long time. John and I met many years ago when I was introduced to him via my old boss at Avis where I used to work. John is his brother-in-law, and my old boss told me that I HAD to meet him, and I would be blown away by what he knows.
The New York Islanders announced today that Dennis Seidenberg has agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
Seidenberg, 35, scored 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 61 games with the Boston Bruins last season. It was the Schwenningen, Germany, native’s thirteenth National Hockey League season and seventh with the Bruins. Seidenberg won a Stanley Cup Championship with Boston in 2011.
Submitted by View From Secti... on Mon, 09/26/2016 - 18:19
With Team Europe making a stunning advancement into the World Cup Finals against everyone’s favorite Cup winner, Canada, there’s been a name floating around in the hockey media for all the right reasons, New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Halak, along with a group of Stanley Cup savvy veterans, have beaten teams like Team USA and recently just defeated Team Sweden to advance to the Cup final. Then there’s former Islanders Miro Satan comment about Halak’s performance:
#europe Miroslav Satan on Jaroslav Halak:"it's the best I've seen him."
The New York Islanders announced today that Ryan Strome has agreed to terms on a two-year deal.
Strome, 23, scored 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 71 games last season with the Islanders. The Mississauga, ON, native added four points (one goal, three assists) in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.
My Take: The plus side to this is that he’s signed. According to Art Staple, it’s a two-year deal worth 5 million. That’s close to where I thought Strome would be, especially when I had him compared to Mika Zibanejad, who got a slightly higher contract from the Rangers. So now let’s enjoy watching the World Cup and let the real training camp begin. Let’s go!!!
Lee took a big step back from a goal-scoring standpoint in his second full NHL season; he had 15 on 183 SOG after having 25 on 197 SOG playing mostly with John Tavares as a rookie. Veteran Andrew Ladd has the inside track on the top-line LW spot after signing a seven-year contract with the Islanders, but Lee remains a threat to regain his old spot or build chemistry on a young second line with rookie Mathew Barzal and bounce-back hopeful Ryan Strome. Lee, who missed all 11 of New York’s postseason games because of a broken fibula, can return to the 20-goal realm and build on his strong category coverage (51 PIMs, 14 PPP) as long as he remains on the Islanders’ first power-play unit.
Submitted by View From Secti... on Fri, 09/16/2016 - 13:19
With the New York Islanders training camp approaching, the biggest cause for concern is unsigned, restricted free agent center Ryan Strome. There has been a team policy in place for over a decade that if restricted free agent players are not signed by the start of training camp, they will not be playing the season for the Islanders. This has happened to three notable players: Brad Isbister, Zdeno Chara, and Sean Bergenheim. The first two called then majority owner Charles Wang’s “bluff” and they did not start the season with the Isles because of their contract hold-outs. The reason why they were brought back during the season was because it was the first year it was implemented and Wang cut them a break. The same could not be said for Bergenheim, who spent the year over in Europe. The most recent player to cut it close was Brock Nelson last year when he signed at the start of camp. Does Strome really want to sit out? The obvious answer is no. So what’s the hold up?
Submitted by View From Secti... on Thu, 09/15/2016 - 10:19
From NHL.com: David Satriano believes that both New York Islanders Andrew Ladd and Ryan Strome should have bounce back years this coming season and fans should look at putting them into their fantasy teams.
Andrew Ladd, LW, New York Islanders (ADP: 84.8; NHL.com: 90)
Ladd has provided underrated category coverage through the years, and has a chance to see an offensive boost after signing with the Islanders. He scored 25 goals between the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks last season, but took steps back in points (46), rating (minus-13), PIMs (45), PPP (14) and SOG (181) after finishing among the top 30 fantasy assets in 2014-15 (62 points, plus-9, 72 PIMs, 19 PPP, 224 SOG). Playing on the top line with elite center John Tavares and right wing PA Parenteau could mean big numbers across the board again for Ladd.
Submitted by View From Secti... on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:19
Hosts Gary Harding and John Sweeney welcome New York Islanders Assistant Coach and General Manager Doug Weight to the program, followed by longtime Islanders announcer Jiggs McDonald.
Submitted by View From Secti... on Sun, 09/11/2016 - 00:19
On behalf of myself, Gary, and John we’d like to welcome you back to another season of NHL hockey, and of course the New York Islanders. We hope that you have enjoyed your summer and hope that you are looking forward to another exciting season as much as we are. I know the regular season does not start for another month and training camp is even closer, but I wanted to give you my personal thoughts on what we should be expecting out of the Eastern Conference and how it will impact the Islanders. Many people in the media do not like to predict the future of their because if they get it wrong, the fans will let them hear about and hold a grudge for a decade, so I can’t really blame them. I however take pride in making educated guesses because it allows me to research the teams along with finding out what their fan bases are saying about the upcoming year.
BROOKLYN (July 12, 2016) – The New York Islanders announced today that Scott Mayfield has agreed to terms on a two-year deal.
Mayfield, 23, appeared in six games with the Islanders last season, compiling 11 penalty minutes and scoring his first NHL goal. The St. Louis, MO, native spend the majority of the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, scoring 12 points (five goals, seven assists) with 80 penalty minutes in 54 games.
The Islanders selected Mayfield in the second round (34th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He’s appeared in 11 regular-season games with the Islanders and two Stanley Cup Playoff games. Mayfield has also played 200 AHL games with the Sound Tigers.
Bridgeport, Conn. (July 5, 2016) – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced today that forwards Kellen Jones, Josh Winquist and Aaron Berisha, as well as defenseman Luke Juha have agreed to terms on one-year American Hockey League contracts.
My Take: Just some decent depth signings by Snow and just another sign that he’s busy with both clubs and not just the Islanders. Make no mistake, this year is going to be mostly about Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang and it would not shock me if all four players split time with the Sound Tigers and the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL. Juha recently attended the Islanders prospect camp and played at Penn State last year so he may spend some time in Missouri with goalie teammate and Islanders draft pick Eamon McAdam.
My take: If we’re not sending Pelech down to the minors, the remaining cap space is roughly $4,896,024 with Strome, Mayfield, Quine and Gibson left to sign. If the Isles elect to send him down, then we’re looking a little over 5.7 million in space. There are also three goalies on this team with one-way contracts. This may further speculation that Jaroslav Halak may indeed be traded before the season begins or shortly after. For now, this also makes Mikhail Grabovski going on the LTIR more plausible. Time will tell.
Submitted by View From Secti... on Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:19
As the New York Islanders offseason continues, fans have seen changes on the roster with the possibility of more moves to come. With the Islanders projected cap hit of $67,428,976 and the NHL cap ceiling at 73 million, the Islanders are left with roughly 5.5 million dollars. There are still a few restricted free agents that need to be resigned and that will decrease the cap space even more. Can anyone remember the last time the Islanders were this close to the ceiling? Nope. That’s because Islanders fans are used to being roughly 5.5 million away from the cap floor, just another reason to emphasize that the rebuild is over. However the Islanders are now in a bit of uncharted waters. They’re not trading for former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas just to make the cap floor, there a few contracts that fans want shopped and apparently the Islanders are trying to do the same.
Submitted by View From Secti... on Mon, 07/04/2016 - 09:19
From Gary, John, Paige and my self to everyone of you, have a happy and safe 4th of July. Take the day off from Islanders country, spend it with your other family, loved ones and don’t stress about what the next trade or signing or firing for one day. If you’re compelled to go to an Isles “tail gate” then we won’t stop that, but we’ll be annoyed at you because we didn’t get invited. Kick back, enjoy the day, and we’ll do this tomorrow.
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