Islanders' Remaining Offseason Shopping List

Islanders' Remaining Offseason Shopping List

July 10th, 2019 By any metric, the 2018-19 version of the New York Islanders was a resounding success both on and off the ice. When Lou Lamoriello was hired to be the Islanders general manager, one of most important things that he brought to the Island wasn't just his hockey acumen, it was credibility. Despite...
New York City Teams Creating Buzz in Offseason

New York City Teams Creating Buzz in Offseason

July 6th, 2019 The New York Rangers' rebuild got a big boost with the additions of free-agent forward Artemi Panarin and young defenceman Kaapo Kakko with the second pick in the draft. The New Jersey Devils got Jack Hughes at No. 1 overall and traded for P.K. Subban ...

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July 1st, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there are last-minute reports of players making agreements with teams prior to the opening of free agency. These reports include signing for teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, and more. Free Agent Signings Before the Bell Even though teams aren't supposed to be talking money and term during the interview period, everyone knows they do. And, because of this, insiders like Frank Seravalli, Bob McKenzie, Elliotte Friedman, John Shannon, Andy Strickland and others can report, with near certainty, who is going where. Here are the names we've heard so far: Artemi Panarin to the Islanders The Columbus Blue Jackets apparently made a late-night, last-ditch effort to convince Artemi Panarin to stay in Columbus, offering 8 years and $12.5 -$13 million per season at him. Everyone is waiting to see what he does but speculation is that he'll go to the New York Islanders on a...
June 30th, 2019
New York Islanders

For New York Islander fans, this year's free agent frenzy, which opens up on July 1, may seem a little too familiar. Another Islanders captain, this time Anders Lee, is on the brink of leaving Long Island as tensions continue to rise on the eve of free agency. But this year is different as contract negotiations have been ongoing, unlike with John Tavares just a year ago. For Lee and the Islanders, the sticking point appears to be the term, with reports saying the former is looking for seven to eight years while the Islanders are looking for five to six. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is continuing to play hardball with Lee's camp while staying in the hunt for unrestricted free agent (UFA) prizes Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky. Will Lee have the patience to wait things out as the Islanders seek an upgrade or will he take advantage of the market? A lot of questions remain, with time ticking for the Islanders. Lee's Frustration Growing with Isles Since April,...
June 28th, 2019
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news out of New York where the Islanders may need to close the gap with goaltender Robin Lehner, the Columbus Blue Jackets are interested in Mats Zuccarello but how long a deal is too long, and the Boston Bruins have their eyes on keeping Marcus Johansson. Lehner Making Other Plans? Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports that there is a substantial gap in what the New York Islanders are offering goaltender Robin Lehner and what the 27-year-old star netminder is willing to accept. Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) A fantastic season that saw Lehner post a 2.13 GAA with a .930 SV% and be the top reason for the success of the Islanders this season, he's going to get paid but GM Lou Lamoriello is only offering a deal around $5 million per season. Staple writes: Craig Custance noted earlier this week, anything under $5 million per was likely a non-starter for Lehner’s camp.If the Isles...
June 21st, 2019
New York Islanders

The New York Islanders offseason started with question marks surrounding some of their key players, including Brock Nelson, Jordan Eberle, Anders Lee, and Robin Lehner. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello has said on multiple occasions that he would like to bring all four of them back. However, with the NHL Draft in Vancouver upon us and only two of the four aforementioned players signed - Eberle and Nelson - the next few weeks could prove to be very interesting for the Islanders. Eberle and Nelson Return After a "prove-it" season, Nelson, the Islanders' 30th pick in 2010, signed a six-year extension worth $6 million per year in late May. Nelson had a career high in goals and points during the 2018-19 season, looking much more confident than in years past. His skating and defensive awareness were also noticeably better, making the Islanders a fairly strong team up the middle. In a recent interview with Newsday, Nelson had this to say about signing with the...