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from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
Here are four reasons for the Islanders to be optimistic:
John Tavares: A two-time finalist for the Hart Trophy (2013, 2015), Tavares is an elite player in the NHL. One of his many attributes is his ability to get the most out of the players around him. Tavares turns 25 on Sept. 20.
"He's gone through Matt Moulson, he's gone through PA Parenteau. … no matter who's on that line and when they're going, he finds a way to get it done," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "He makes players around him better and he leads by example, and he's only getting better as a leader too. He's still a young captain in this League."
Experience gained: The Islanders entered last season with some playoff experience (2013 against the Pittsburgh Penguins), but a few more players got a taste after a seven-game series loss to the Washington Capitals. Key young players such as Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson gained valuable experience and now have a better idea of what it takes to succeed in the League.
“We’re more than capable as a hockey team. You get this group and put them together, you have to be able to grow with the team and go through the experiences without jumping the gun and changing things or bringing in new people. Management has shown confidence in the group.”
-Cal Clutterbuck of the New York Islanders. More from Clutterbuck by Cory Wright at NewYorkIslanders.com.
from Stu Hackel of The Hockey News,
The Islanders’ move from suburban Nassau County to Brooklyn, New York City’s largest borough, means more than a new venue in a new town for the up-and-coming club. It also has serious implications for the team’s existing Long Island fan base and presents an opportunity to develop a new one.
What is little known, however, is that the move ushers in a different and unique business model for owner Charles Wang and his partners, Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin, one that offloads the team’s entire back-office operation to the Barclays Center staff.
Essentially, the hockey team no longer administers or controls its own business operation, a highly unusual situation.
The agreement to move the franchise includes the provision that the arena pays Islanders ownership an annual sum to play at Barclays Center and, in exchange, Barclays Center acquired all ticket and suite sales, sponsorships, marketing and promotions and their revenue.
That arrangement was confirmed by Brett Yormark, the CEO of both the Barclays Center and the NBA Brooklyn Nets, the original team in the building, in a late June conversation.
Yormark added, “Charles made a promise to us and he’s delivered a very good team to us, and we’re going to monetize it.”
from the HHOF,
Bryan Trottier was a modern-day player with old-fashioned attributes. At a time when specialists were beginning to take over from the all-round player, Trottier was a throwback. He was a defensively sound centerman with the vision and instincts of a pure scorer. Over an 18-year National Hockey League career, he led his teams to the Stanley Cup six times, including four consecutive titles with the New York Islanders in the early 1980s. And his achievements went beyond team success. He was the winner of the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer and the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player. Trottier, at his retirement, was the league's sixth-highest all-time scorer.
In 1974, however, the NHL was reacting to the threat of the World Hockey Association. The elder league held a semi-secret draft with an emphasis on underaged players - teenagers who were 17 and 18 years old. Trottier was chosen 22nd overall in the second round, and he was the ninth underaged player taken that year. He was a promising forward, but hardly anyone pegged him as a dominating player. The New York Islanders, the team that selected him, even suggested he spend another year in junior, making him the only secret underaged player to wait to turn pro following that draft.
Watch the Legends of Hockey feature on Bryan Trottier below...
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
Nostalgia finally can be left behind, because it was all so real for the Islanders on Wednesday night. Their new digs at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center were no longer an abstract, but a home.
The Islanders played their Blue-and-White prospect scrimmage in front of 6,311 surprisingly engaged and paying fans, and 19-year-old Josh Ho-Sang, the 28th overall pick from the 2014 draft, stole the show with three assists.
There was hockey in the Borough of Kings, and now it’s here to stay.
“There has been a lot of anticipation over the last couple years, and now we’re just weeks away,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. “As you can you can see walking through the concourse, and all the Islander jerseys on the street, our fans have been tremendous.”
Snow carried a pool of reporters in his wake as he tromped through the corridors before the game, and then and out onto the street, occasionally stopping to shake hands and say hello. The anticipation was to see the new Islanders’ locker room and surrounding “campus,” but it was still far from completion. The extent of progress? Walls had been put up and the electricity seemed to be in place.
from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,
The New York Islanders announced today that forward Anders Lee has agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
Lee scored 25 goals and 41 points in 76 games as a rookie last season with the Islanders. The Edina, MN, native finished second on the Islanders in goals and fourth among National Hockey League rookies.
“Anders has proven to be an effective goal scorer over his two seasons with the club,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We’re thrilled to have another home-grown talent signed long term.”
The Islanders selected the 24-year-old winger in the sixth round (152nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He has 57 points (35 goals, 22 assists) in 100 career NHL games and 46 points (25 goals, 21 assists) in 59 career American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
“I’m extremely excited to finalize this deal and ensure that I’m a New York Islander for the next four seasons,” Lee said. “The organization has been nothing but first class to me from the moment I was drafted. I look forward to competing for the Stanley Cup in each year while playing in front of the best fans in the NHL."
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"We obviously have an opening in net behind Jaro [Halak]," Snow said. "That’s no secret. I don’t anticipate [blueliner Lubomir] Visnovsky coming back so there’s potential for one of our young defensemen to earn a spot, whether it’s [Scott] Mayfield, [Ryan] Pulock, [Griffin] Reinhart, we’ll see what happens via the trade route at the draft and then look into free agency. Those are not guarantees. We feel we have a good group. I’m not shy to say we’d be happy to have the same group back."
But will it include top-line winger Kyle Okposo? Veteran Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple, who is very plugged into the team he covers, raised eyebrows last weekend when he suggested Okposo could potentially be traded.
Snow when asked by ESPN.com refused to comment on the report or those rumors. Clearly from my own re-con I can say other teams have phoned on Okposo, but whether or not the Isles are actively shopping him doesn’t seem clear.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Kyle Okposo, who is entering the final season of a five-year, $14-million contract, could be on the trading block, according to two league sources outside the Islanders' organization.
The 27-year-old wing has posted the best back-to-back seasons of his career, but Snow might not be interested in ponying up for a long-term deal for Okposo, who missed 22 games after emergency surgery to repair a detached retina in January.
Both sources indicated that nothing appears to be imminent. But with eight teams already committed to at least $63 million on a projected $71-million salary cap for 2015-16, player moves could come fast and furious during draft weekend, and Okposo's extremely modest $2.8-million cap hit could be enticing.
Snow would not discuss specific players, but he told Newsday he will be busy fielding and making trade proposals, either to move players or maneuver up the draft board with only a pair of picks among the first 100 selections at his disposal.
No penalty on the play and Boyle went to the dressing room and did not return.
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