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Blog: The Great Debate That Is Jaro Halak

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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:

Ryan Strome Signs With Islanders

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From the New York Islanders:

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!!!

Anders Lee: Fantasy Dark Horse

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From NHL.com:

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. 

Stat projection: 22 goals, 26 assists, plus-3, 46 PIMs, 16 PPP, 194 SOG

Blog: When Will Ryan Strome Sign?

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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?

Blog: Ladd & Strome Look To Have Bounce Back Years

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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.

WGBB Chats With Islanders Assistant GM Doug Weight

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From SportsTalk1240:
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.

Blog: 10 Thoughts Before The Puck Drops

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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.

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

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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

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