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My Thoughts On Mayfield Extension

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From the New York Islanders:

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.

Garth Gets Sirius On XM

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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow joined Steve Kouleas and Scott Laughlin from Sirius XM on Thursday afternoon. You can listen to it here:

Sound Tigers Add Depth

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From Soundtigers.com

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.

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Berube Signs One Year Deal

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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.

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Blog: What To Do With Mikhail Grabovski

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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.

Blog: Take The Day Off

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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.

PK (@Netminder39)

Isles Ink Parenteau For One Year

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My Take: Let’s reshuffle the lines from my previous post:

Ladd-Tavares-Parenteau
Lee-Nelson-Bailey
Kulemin-Strome-Prince
Chimera-Cizikas-Clutterbuck
Quine

Blog: Goodbye To The Old & Embrace The New

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Well yesterday was quite the emotional roller coaster for many Islanders fans as they said goodbye to home-grown players Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen while welcoming veterans Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera to New York. Now many people have been analyzing if the Islanders have gotten equal value back by saying, for example, the Islanders made lateral moves, meaning the goals lost by the previous three may be closely made up by the newest two members. To further that point, many believe the Islanders neither improved and maybe even fell back as an organization. Most fans were wondering why couldn’t Islanders general manager Garth Snow resign some treasured players like Martin and Nielsen and sign someone like Ladd. My response to these questions is simply this: You’re analyzing the wrong players.

Blue and White Scrimmage

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Even though it’s not hockey season, it doesn’t stop dozens of hopeful hockey prospects to play the game.  Hockey players from all over try to make a good impression on Snow as they show off their skills.

During the first few minutes of the first game, the Blue and White team which consisted of Florian Baltram, Connor Graham, Joshua Ho-Sang, Keeghan Howdeshell, Mitch Hults, Zack Jordan, Maximilian Kastner,Colin Markinson, Kyle Schempp, Kyle Burroughs, Matthew Finn, Luck Jimmy Schuldt, Andon Song and Ryan Obuchowski, and Ilya Sorokin in goal.

Isles Get Chimera For Two

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Even at a tender age of 37, Chimera can still skate and play on the penalty-kill. Can score still goals and again a good presence in the locker room. More to come

PK (@Netminder39)

Isles Sign Ladd To 7 Year Deal

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Stamkos, Hall, Lucic Off Radar; Plan D/E/F

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My Take: At least the Stamkos signing comes a day before free agency begins and not for a week into it. I never thought Stamkos was coming to Long Island anyways due to the money situation with the Islanders, but this makes Tampa Bay as close to an Eastern Conference Dynasty as it gets.

Blog: Who Will Replace The Goals?

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As this week has become a whirlwind of stress for many Islanders fans as they’re saying goodbyes to Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin while hoping Frans Nielsen returns, there is also frustration about who the Islanders should sign this coming Friday. Many fans want the “Go-all-in” and sign a player like Steven Stamkos. I don’t blame them as he would give the Isles a Crosby-Malkin type of team and help for John Tavares. Many fans are worried that without signing top free agents, the Isles won’t be able to reproduce the goal production left by Okposo and Nielsen. So once again, let’s do the math and see how bad of a situation the Islanders are in:

These are the following players that scored a goal for the Islanders and will no longer have contracts with the Islanders (I’m purposely putting Nielsen in here for the sake of this article, sorry):

Okposo: 22
Nielsen: 20
Martin: 10
Zidlicky: 4
Strait: 1
Bernier: 1

Total: 58 Goals

Islanders Qualify Six Players

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From Art Staple at Newsday

My Take: Not really surprised the Isles got this done early, although I was wondering if Gibson was going to be given an offer. So now that the younger players have at least been qualified, the Islanders can now turn their attention to free agency. With a few teams making some surprise moves not to qualify a few players, the Islanders shopping menu may have gotten a little bigger.

Isles Talk Literally Talk About The Draft & More

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Gary and John made things easy for me as they invited me to their show on WGBB to talk about the New York Islanders draft, the significance of it and what the Isles free agency may look like in a few days. Please give it a listen at SportsTalk1240

Blog: What Would You Do If You Were Isles GM?

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I’ve, talked about the graduates, the professionals and the drafted prospects of the New York Islanders all week long and I’ve given my five players who could be taken at number 19 should the Islanders draft at that spot. Now this is my once-a-year treat where I play arm-chair GM and I try to improve the team while still trying to stick to what Garth Snow could do, meaning keeping things on a budget and not spending all the money and “Going all out” in the end of June. I do believe that will be his goal, improving the team while still on a budget, which is why I have never written anything on Steven Stamkos coming to the Islanders. It’s just nice to think about, but there are other teams more desperate for him and the Isles should take advantage. So let’s set the scene: You’re watching the draft or you’re in Buffalo, you tell the Toronto fan next to you to stay quiet for one second because they’re still cheering about tanking this season to get their savior, Auston Matthews.

Blog: Who Will Still Be There At 19?

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We’ve gone over the prospects in the New York Islanders organization and now it’s time to see who might be joining them starting on Friday at 7pm. In earlier years I would write about 10-15 different prospects leading up to the draft. By Friday morning, I’d predict who the Islanders would take in their respective slots. This year, I’m narrowing it down to five players. Mind you, I’m not necessarily putting players in here for the sake of what the Islanders need, but who should be around number 19 should the Islanders be drafting at all, more on that tomorrow. Now if there is a player who you were hoping to see when the Islanders select, it’s probably because they’re going to go top 15 or they should fall well into the 20’s. The five players to keep an eye on are as follows (no particular order):

Blog: The Barzal Effect

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Part three of the Prospects are the ones who are not yet old enough or talented to make it to the professional teams. With another year of development, each of these players should be making their way to either Bridgeport or the Islanders in the near future. I’ve selected five players who will either see time in Bridgeport next year or may just make the Islanders sooner than later. Now this list could change after this weekend, but I’ll say this now, I don’t think the players ranked first or second will change after this weekends draft in Buffalo, that’s how good they are and it’s also a reason why I’m reading/hearing Islanders general manager Garth Snow is looking to trade the 19th overall pick, but more on that in another piece. So in this finale section of prospects, here are my top five players.

Blog: The Professional Prospects

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In the second category of prospects that I’ll go over will be five players who are entering or are already into playing professional hockey either in the ECHL, AHL or NHL. The main criteria to this list is potential, who has the best chance at seeing legitimate ice time in the NHL. Let’s get to them.

Blog: The Graduating Prospects

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Usually around this time of year I am writing up different draft eligible player profiles for Isles Talk and by the morning of the draft, I’ll pick who I believe the Islanders will take. I got pretty good at it in recent years as I have predicted Ryan Pilon, Michael Dal Colle, Ryan Pulock, Griffin Reinhart, Calvin de Haan and I let my pit bull pick John Tavares. That prediction article will be coming up later on this week, but after the Islanders did not have a first round pick, Islanders general manager Garth Snow made a huge trade (Reinhart for what would eventually become Barzal & Beauvillier) at the draft last year, I was unprepared to give any info. This time around for the Islanders, as I have stated before, is a transitional period for the franchise so I will be going over some of the prospects the Islanders currently have, and then by the end of the week I will go over the different scenarios the Islanders could make at the draft.

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