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Tavares Signs His Entry Level Contract

The Islanders signed John Tavares to a three-year entry level contract on Wednesday. Tavares was selected by the Islanders first overall in the 2009 National Hockey League Draft.

“It’s an exciting time for the Islanders organization as we develop our young talent into a contender,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow.  “John provides another important piece to help us achieve our ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup.”

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Islanders Shopping Just About Done

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Alex Tanguay is pretty much the last big-name forward with scoring ability left on the free-agent shelves. Speedy Maxim Afinogenov is available, but after his past down season in Buffalo, there’s no market. Veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has resumed negotiations with Carolina, his previous team, and physical winger Travis Moen recently received $4.5 million over three years from Montreal.

In other words, free agency for the Islanders pretty much began and ended with the signing of goaltender Dwayne Roloson to serve as the backup for rehabbing Rick DiPietro or as fulltime starter until DiPietro’s return. There’s not going to be any scoring help added from the outside by all indications nor any size on defense.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow is believed to still be shopping for help in the enforcement department.

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Tavares Now The Islanders Focal Point

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

John Tavares said all the right things yesterday.

When asked if he could do for the Islanders what Sidney Crosby did for the Penguins, the Islanders’ recent first-overall pick said: “I want to be part of the team. It’s not just about me.”

He’s got a point, but the fact is, the Islanders got more than 10,000 fans to show up at the Nassau Coliseum to watch him get drafted—on TV—and had several hundred more come yesterday to his introductory press conference.

Tavares, who turns 19 in September, will skate for the first time with his new team tomorrow during minicamp and will be the focal point from the first game of the season on.

“We’ve got guys around him who will help him,” general manager Garth Snow said. “Whether it’s on the ice or off the ice.”

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Roloson Signs 2 Years with NYI

From On the Islanders’ Beat at Newsday:

The Islanders have reached agreement with Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson on a two-year deal believed to be worth $5 million. Signing a veteran starting goaltender solves their top priority, which was to have a 1A-caliber backup for starter Rick DiPietro in the event his injury problems continue.

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Update 2:36pm ET: Darren Dreger’s Twitter

Roloson tells TSN he wanted a 2 year deal and the Isles were quick to offer. Oilers wouldnt offer a 2nd year..

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Tavares Makes His Pitch

1st Overall Pick John Tavares throws out the first pitch at the Yankees/Mets game on Sunday at Citi Field.

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Islanders Talk

from GameOn,

Stan Fischler caught up with No. 1 pick overall John Tavares, No. 12 pick overall Calvin de Haan, Isles Owner Charles Wang and Isles GM Garth Snow on a busy Draft night for the Islanders.

I’ve posted the Tavares interview below & watch the other interviews here.

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20,000+ People Will Have Their Eyes On Snow

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

With only two days remaining before the Islanders make the first pick of the NHL draft in Montreal, excitement for the draft party planned by the club Friday night at the Coliseum is building as free ticket requests have climbed past 22,000. Team president Chris Dey said that’s a great indication of the vitality of Long Island as a hockey market, but there’s no mandate from the business side to general manager Garth Snow to draft fan favorite John Tavares ahead of Matt Duchene or Victor Hedman.

While the Islanders’ marketing department has worked hard to hype the draft party, Dey said, “It’s not like we put anybody’s name on it. We did what we normally do. We came up with a good idea to ticket the party. If we did it the way we normally do, which is just open the doors, we wouldn’t have had any idea what to expect.

“Fortunately for us, from a planning perspective, we decided to ticket it. Now, we know. It’s exciting. When you work hard every day, you hope you can get this kind of excitement and momentum behind what you’re doing. It’s a great time for us.”

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Can Anyone Read Garth Snow’s Mind?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The New York Islanders know who they’ll take with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft. But the rest of the world won’t find out until GM Garth Snow steps up to the podium Friday night in Montreal.

“That’s right,” Snow told ESPN.com on Monday.

Let’s give the Islanders credit. They’ve actually created some intrigue with their refusal to let us know their intentions. Most years, we head to the draft and it’s clear who’s going to go first. This is refreshing. We’re actually going to have to pay attention Friday night!

“Whether it’s fans or people in the media, it’s been a great topic for debate,” said Snow.

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Mike Weir Asked Who Should The NYI Pick?

via Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

“Boy, that’s a tough one,” said Weir, who counts former playmaking center Adam Oates among his friends and who has skated with the Washington Capitals in the past. “All I can go by is I watched quite a bit of the World Junior this year, and Tavares looked unbelievable. So, I’d have a tough time picking against him. I think any of those three…it depends on what the team’s needs are. I don’t know what the Islanders really need.”

Told they are the lowest-scoring team in the NHL, Weir said, “Well, I think Tavares would probably be a good pick.”

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Chynoweth Takes Assistant Job With Islanders

from the Southwest Booster,

Dean Chynoweth just completed a press conference where he resigned as Head Coach and General Manager of the Swift Current Broncos to assume an assistant coaching position with the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders.

Chynoweth had one season remaining on his contract after the Broncos’ Board of Directors exercised a club option for the 2009-10 season following the Broncos’ elimination from the Western Hockey League playoffs.

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