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Free Agent Talk On The New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Frans Nielsen

Frans Nielsen stillis Islanders property and there still seems to be a better chance than not that he will remain with the Isles. A report Monday indicated Nielsen had turned down an Islander contract offer worth $5.5 million per season. Sources had indicated in the past week that the two sides had moved closer on a deal, one that was likely to be six or seven years in length to keep the average annual value below that $5.5 million number and keep Nielsen in an Islander uniform for the rest of his NHL career.

Things change daily, even hourly, when it comes to the free-agent frenzy, so one side or the other could have altered their stance. But last I heard, $5.5 million per was not the right number and the sides were closer on a deal....

Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin

Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin are headed elsewhere, that much is certain. There’s been no contact between either player’s representative and Garth Snow of late.

A source indicated over the weekend, when the unrestricted free agent contact period began, that a slew of teams had already reached out about Okposo, who could be the prime Plan B for teams that don’t land Steven Stamkos or simply the Plan A for some other clubs. The Jets, Blues, Red Wings, Wild, Sabres and Kings have reached out. Expect the Panthers and Canadiens to do so as well, though it’s believed that Okposo would rather head closer to his Minnesota home than north to Canada.

Martin’s reported suitors included the Rangers (gasp!) and the Leafs. The Rangers make sense from Martin’s perspective -- he loves the New York area, his longtime girlfriend Sydney Esiason has strong ties here -- but from the Rangers’ side it would mean shuffling some pieces around to make room....

more on each of the above plus other names...

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The New Ownership Group For The New York Islanders

from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

NHL owners on Wednesday approved the transfer of majority ownership in the Islanders from Charles Wang to the duo of Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky, commissioner Gary Bettman said. The vote took place at the league’s board of governors meeting in Las Vegas.

Bettman said Malkin and Ledecky will own 85 percent of the team and Wang will retain a 15-percent share.

The deal, agreed to in September 2014, valued the Islanders at about $485 million and included an unusual stipulation that Malkin and Ledecky spend two seasons as minority owners before taking over control of the team this summer.


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The New York Islanders Have Decisions To Make

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The rumor mill has been working overtime this week, with Snow among numerous GMs who are trying to remake their teams with the specter of a flat salary cap heading into next season and the prospect of an expansion draft looming next offseason. That may mean some surprising names could be bandied about in trade talks when the teams convene on the First Niagara Center on Friday to begin the draft.

Snow gave a window into some of his thinking during a satellite radio interview on Friday morning. The Islanders have three veterans who are now just two weeks from unrestricted free agency and Kyle Okposo, the biggest name among them, is clearly headed elsewhere.

“We’re just in a situation with the salary cap that you really have to analyze where you are today and where you’re going to be in five years from now. So there’s always tough decisions,” Snow said. “Kyle’s a great person. He’s been a terrific player for this organization. Wish him nothing but the best.”

Snow was not asked about Matt Martin or Frans Nielsen, but sources indicated that Snow and Marc Levine, Nielsen’s agent, have been in contact on a long-term deal in recent days.

Martin, like Okposo, appears headed for a new team once free agency begins on July 1.


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New York Islanders Announce A Five-Year Contract For Casey Cizikas

BROOKLYN (June 2, 2016) – The New York Islanders announced today that Casey Cizikas has agreed to terms on a five-year contract. Cizikas’ new deal extends through the 2020-21 season.

Cizikas, 25, scored 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in 80 games last season during his fifth year with the Islanders. The Toronto, ON, native posted career highs in both assists and points during the regular season, before adding three assists in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

“Casey has developed into a highly dependable two-way center and we’re pleased to sign him through 2021,” General Manager Garth Snow said. “His energy and passion both on the ice and in the community, make him an invaluable piece of our lineup.”

The Islanders selected Cizikas in the fourth round (92nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. In 290 career NHL games, Cizikas has 82 points (29 goals, 53 assists). He’s added eight points (three goals, five assists) in 24 career playoff games.

“I’m thrilled to remain a New York Islander for the next five years,” Cizikas said. “The organization has been first class ever since I was drafted and we’ve come so far as a team during my time hear. I’m excited to continue to be a part of this group as we build towards the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup.”


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Busy Summer Ahead For Garth Snow

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Garth Snow offered few specifics on how he plans to improve the Islanders this offseason but said he’ll “leave no stone unturned” in trying to get the team to be a Stanley Cup contender.

“I obviously have the same mentality going into this offseason in the 10 years I’ve been here,” Snow said on a conference call Thursday. “We’re looking to take the next step. We’re coming off another 100-point season, but for us it’s not good enough. We’re looking to get better like every team in the league.”///

Snow got some good news on Tuesday when Travis Hamonic rescinded his trade request from before the 2015-16 season began, but the general manager still has to wrangle with the pending free agency of Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin, three of the longest-tenured Islanders.

“That’s the challenge for us,” Snow said. “We need to devise a way to keep all three. Whether that can happen, I can’t answer that right now. We want to maintain the positive strides we’ve made in the recent past and take that step to the next level.”

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With Health Issues Of A Family Member Stabilized, Travis Hamonic Wants To Remain With The Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Travis Hamonic will remain an Islander.

The 25-year-old defenseman informed general manager Garth Snow today that Hamonic no longer wishes to be traded closer to his Winnipeg home, a request he made before the start of training camp after getting some dire news on the health of a family member.

“When Garth and I spoke last summer, the whole reason why this came about was some serious health concerns for a member of my family back home,” Hamonic said. “It was a tough, trying year but I had the support of the whole organization and my teammates the whole year and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.

“In the last little while, we’ve learned the situation has stabilized itself. Just relieved for that, thankful for that, pretty grateful. I love being an Islander, it’s my home here, my family loves it, I love my teammates, this organization. Being an Islander is one of the best things I do with my life.”


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What’s Next For The New York Islanders?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The loud thud here on Sunday afternoon was the sound of the window slamming shut on the Islanders under the ownership of Charles Wang.

It is over, the good, the bad and the ugly of this era that ended with this 4-0 Game 5 elimination defeat to the Lightning that left no doubt as to the identity of the better team in this conference semifinal series.

It is over, this era that was dominated for so long by financial crisis and the owner’s unsuccessful repeated attempts to sell the grandiose Lighthouse real estate plan to the either the politicians or citizens of Long Island, both of which constituencies said no to footing the bill for an arena to replace the Coliseum.

It is over, this era under which the team actually left its Long Island birthplace to become squatters in Brooklyn.

And the critical point to remember is that no one has any idea what’s coming next, when the ownership group of Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin takes charge in July — a transfer of power that apparently will allow the current administration to run the entry draft and oversee the opening of the free-agent market.


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The Tampa Bay Lightning Have Advanced To The Eastern Conference Finals

Erik Erlendsson via Twitter reminds us this ts the 3rd ECF under Steve Yzerman in 6 years.

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 4-0 today and won the series 4-1.

They will meet the winner of the Washington/Pittsburgh series.

added 6:42pm, from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight season, eliminating the New York Islanders with a 4-0 win in Game 5 of the second round at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

Defenseman Victor Hedman scored twice, and forwards Brian Boyle and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal. Goaltender Ben Bishop made 28 saves.

Kucherov leads the NHL with nine goals in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games; he had 10 goals in 26 playoff games last year, tied for third in the League.

Bishop also shut out the Detroit Red Wings when the Lightning eliminated them in Game 5 of the first round, after Game 7 shutouts last year against the Red Wings in the first round and New York Rangers in the conference final.


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Win Or Go Home For The New York Islanders Today

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

They may not have a wealth of playoff experience, but this group of Islanders certainly knows what it takes to stay alive in a series.

“We just want to keep playing, we want to win the Stanley Cup. We have to just get a win [Sunday],’’ John Tavares said. “Don’t want to make it much bigger than that.”

They’re down 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Islanders’ situation is clear: Win Game 5 this afternoon against the defending Eastern Conference champs or see their deepest playoff run in 23 years end.

And that’s not all that would end with a loss Sunday. Kyle Okposo, Tavares’ longtime linemate, will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, so this season’s last game could be Okposo’s last game as an Islander after nine seasons and 529 games in the orange and blue.

The same is true for Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin, two other long-serving Islanders.


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Is It The Islanders’ Time?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This is the time for the Islanders, who have had the better of the play for a majority of the series’ 244:22, to step up. This is the time for the Islanders’ best players to step up. This is the time for Jack Capuano to coach with quiet desperation.

We can celebrate the unique place the Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck fourth line has on its team’s depth chart, but the truth is that though it is something very fine indeed for Martin, Cizikas and Clutterbuck when they are the Islanders’ best players (as they were for much of Games 3 and 4), it is not so fine for the Islanders.

This isn’t a fair fight for John Tavares, whose time and space have been limited by the Lightning, and whose support as a franchise player has been limited by general manager Garth Snow’s inability — or refusal — to use some of the organization’s overflow of prospects as bait to acquire a worthy partner both to aid the center and deflect some of the attention and responsibility on No. 91’s back.


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