INSIDE HOCKEY » New York Islanders http://insidehockey.com Get Inside! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:43:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Learning Starts Now For Isles’ Dal Colle http://insidehockey.com/learning-starts-now-for-isles-dal-colle http://insidehockey.com/learning-starts-now-for-isles-dal-colle#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:36:51 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=59094

The transition from junior hockey to the NHL is rarely an easy one, even for a highly touted draft pick like Michael Dal Colle of the New York Islanders.

Dal Colle got his first taste of life in the NHL Tuesday afternoon when he skated at the Nassau Coliseum during Day 1 of the Islanders’ summer mini-camp.

“I was definitely pretty anxious coming in,” Dal Colle admitted after his first session on the Coliseum ice. “We got it out of the way and it was kind of a load off my shoulders.”

Dal Colle spent a little more than hour on the ice along with the rest of the Islanders’ younger players and prospects who were divided into two groups that both received instruction from Isles’ coach Jack Capuano and his staff.

“I think the coaching staff sent the message, if you want to be a pro, you have to excel in all aspects,” Dal Colle told reporters after his time on the ice. “They told us that work ethic is what separates you if you want to play in the NHL and that was the main thing I got from it today.”

It was also a time for the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft to get to know his teammates and Long Island itself. “This is my first time here it’s definitely new,” Dal Colle said. “I don’t know too much about Long Island. I don’t know much about the facilities so I’m just trying to see what it’s all about and that’s definitely a good part of it.”

The rookie said a trip to the beach and to see “American Idol Live” were among the activities planned by the team for Dal Colle and his fellow camp attendees.

Like most NHL rookies, Dal Colle knows he needs to work on a few things before he’s ready to play in the NHL. “Junior is pretty fast but obviously you’re playing against men right now,” Dal Colle said. “Guys are bigger, faster, stronger, you can definitely see that for sure…Me, I know I have to get stronger if I want to play [in the NHL], so that’s the biggest thing for me.”

When he is ready for the NHL, Dal Colle should provide the Islanders with some skill and scoring punch on the wing. Last year, the Vaughan, Ontario, native scored 39 goals and 95 points in 67 games for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. He added another eight goals and 20 points in 12 playoff games.

So the learning has begun for Dal Colle, with a lot more to come before the start of the new season in October. So far,  the rookie is taking it all in and enjoying the process. “It’s been great. I don’t know too many guys here so I’m trying to get familiar with my surroundings, but it all went well.”

 

 

 

 

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Isles Acquire the Rights to Dan Boyle http://insidehockey.com/isles-acquire-the-rights-to-dan-boyle http://insidehockey.com/isles-acquire-the-rights-to-dan-boyle#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:30:46 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=58866

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The New York Islanders have acquired the rights to veteran defenseman Dan Boyle from the San Jose Sharks. The Isles sent a conditional fifth-round draft choice in 2015 to the Sharks which will become a fourth-round pick if Boyle signs with the Islanders. Boyle is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Boyle will turn 38 on July 12. Last season, he scored 12 goals and 36 points in 75 games for the Sharks.

In 954 NHL games, the Ottawa, native has scored 144 goals and 561 points with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks. He won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with Tampa Bay. Boyle’s best offensive season came in 2006-07 when he scored 20 goals and had 63 points.

This move is designed to add an experienced defenseman to the Isles young blue line corps. Boyle has a lot of experience as a power-play quarterback and would add offensive ability as well. He has struggled at times over the last two seasons, but is still capable of upgrading the Islanders defense in the short term.

Isles general manager Garth Snow now has an exclusive window to sign Boyle before free agency begins. He used a similar type of trade to acquire and sign goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Boyle will likely want at least a two-year deal or he can explore free agency this summer.

 

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Isles Sign Halak, Fill Biggest Need http://insidehockey.com/isles-sign-halak-fill-biggest-need http://insidehockey.com/isles-sign-halak-fill-biggest-need#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 02:32:46 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=58774

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The New York Islanders have come to terms with goaltender Jaroslav Halak on a four-year contract worth a reported $18 million.

The Isles acquired the rights to the 28-year-old Slovakian in a trade with the Washington Capitals on May 1st in exchange for a 4th-round selection in this year’s NHL Entry Draft.

Halak played for three teams this past season. In 52 games with the St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals, he finished with a 29-13-7 record, a 2.25 GAA and a .921 save percentage. He also recorded five shutouts. Halak’s career record is 144-85-59.

Halak’s best postseason performance came in 2010 when he led the Montreal Canadiens to the Eastern Conference Finals.

This move significantly upgrades the Islanders goaltending situation. Halak gives the team a bona fide starter in the prime of his career for the first time since Rick DiPietro started his long string of injuries in 2007-08.

GM Garth Snow knew the Islanders had to improve the goaltending position. The Isles had the NHL’s worst team save percentage last season with .894. Last year’s starter, Evgeni Nabokov, is an unrestricted free agent. Kevin Poulin was too inconsistent to be an NHL goalie and Anders Nilsson signed in Europe after demanding a one-way deal that the Islanders were not prepared to give.

“We’ve still only got one goaltender under contract, but this is a good first step,” Snow told Newsday. “Jaro’s ability to stop the puck is obviously high-end. We think this is a good deal for both sides.”

Since the Isles have struggled to sign big-ticket free agents in recent years, the trade for Halak’s rights was a smart and aggressive move by Snow. Today, he managed to sign the goalie he targeted.

The quest to sign a backup goalie continues. Snow has indicated  Nabokov could be re-signed to fill that role, most likely to a one-year deal.

The signing of Halak upgrades one of the Islanders’ biggest weaknesses and makes the team better for 2014-15.

NOTES:

The Islanders officially announced today that they would keep this year’s fifth overall pick and give the Sabres their first-round pick in 2015.

 

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Photo Gallery: Senators @ Islanders (4/9/14) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-senators-islanders-4914 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-senators-islanders-4914#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:19:31 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=58086

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The visiting Ottawa Senators defeated the NY Islanders 4-1  in their final meeting of the season, and the Islanders final home game.

Ottawa Goaltender Craig Anderson saw 46-shots on the night, saving 45, and allowing just one-goal.  His teammate, Senators Captain Jason Spezza provided the offense they needed to win, scoring two-goals and assisting on Matt Kassian’s empty-net-goal in the final seconds of the Third period.

The NY Islanders team  were extremely competitive throughout the game, throwing shots on net, screening Anderson all game and out-hitting the Senators 27-8.   Goaltender Anders Nilsson looked strong for much of the game, and came up with a few spectacular saves, making 28-saves on 31-shots.  Frans Nielsen scored the lone Islander goal, a backhand shot under a diving Craig Anderson at 0.22 seconds into the Third Period.  At that point Nielsen’s goal tied the game 1-1, before the Senators broke out, scoring three-unanswered goals to close out the game.

Three Stars of the Game

1) Jason Spezza
2) Ales Hemsky
3) Frans Nielsen

Winning Goalie:
Craig Anderson

Losing Goalie:
Anders Nilsson

Notes: Islanders lost Cal Clutterbuck mid-way through the game on Tuesday, he left with an upper body injury.

The NY Islanders were without Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body), John Tavares (knee), Michael Grabner (upper body), Brian Strait (hand), Kyle Okposo (lower body) and Calvin deHaan (lower body).

The Senators were without Bobby Ryan (sports hernia), Colin Greening (lower body) and Jared Cowen (lower body).

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Isles Drop Home Finale to Sens 4-1 http://insidehockey.com/isles-drop-home-finale-to-sens-4-1 http://insidehockey.com/isles-drop-home-finale-to-sens-4-1#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:33:53 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=58080

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The New York Islanders closed out their home schedule with a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday at the Nassau Coliseum. Jason Spezza scored twice for Ottawa while Craig Anderson made 45 saves to earn the victory. Frans Nielsen scored the only goal for the Islanders.

“I thought our kids battled, but the more skilled team won the game tonight,” Isles coach Jack Capuano said. “They are a skilled team and they caught our defense flat-footed on a couple of their goals.”

The first period started off with some physical play. Rookie Brett Gallant made his mark during his NHL debut, dropping the gloves with Matt Kassian of Ottawa midway through the first period and knocking the Senators’ winger to the ice with a hard right hand. The two players tried to fight a little earlier in the period but the linesmen stepped in and prevented the two from throwing punches. They were each assessed minors for unsportsmanlike conduct. When they came out of the penalty box, they dropped the gloves again and managed to complete the fight.

After a scoreless first period, Spezza got Ottawa on the board first when he scored on the power play at 12:45 of the second stanza. Chris Neil was in front of Anders Nilsson to screen the Isles netminder.

Nilsson made several impressive saves in the game, especially in the first two periods. He stopped a pair of odd-man rushes and a golden scoring chance by Kyle Turris with a fast glove.

The Isles evened the game 22 seconds into the third period when Nielsen backhanded home the rebound of a shot by Kevin Czuczman in the slot.

The game stayed tied until Spezza struck again with 7:15 left in the third period on a goal that was confirmed after a replay review. At first, play continued and the officials did not stop the game but the War Room in Toronto confirmed that Spezza’s shot went into the net and the Senators led 2-1.

Ales Hemsky gave Ottawa a two-goal lead at 14:26 of the third period on a goal Nilsson would like to have back. Kassian added an empty net goal in the final seconds of the game to make the final score 4-1 Senators.

The Isles finished the season with a disappointing 13-19-9 record at home. They are presently 18-18-2 on the road with three games remaining on the schedule.

The season continues Thursday night when the Isles travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens.

NOTES:

Denis Potvin received a warm ovation from the crowd when he was shown on the videoboard. Potvin currently does color for the Senators TV broadcasts.

Official attendance was 12, 922

The Islanders lost Cal Clutterbuck to an upper-body injury in the first period. He did not return.

The Isles outhit the Sens 27-8. Colin McDonald led the team with seven hits.

 

 

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Photo Gallery: NHL March Photos of the Month http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-nhl-march-photos-of-the-month http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-nhl-march-photos-of-the-month#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:12:50 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57978

Here are the March 2014 NHL Photos of the Month from the photographers at Inside Hockey.

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Spirited Isles Down Panthers 4-2 http://insidehockey.com/spirited-isles-down-panthers-4-2 http://insidehockey.com/spirited-isles-down-panthers-4-2#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 03:45:05 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57966

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The New York Islanders may be out of the playoff picture this season, but their youth-infused lineup continues to play enthusiastic and winning hockey in the season’s final weeks. Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist to pace the Islanders to a 4-2 win over the visiting Florida Panthers Tuesday night at the Nassau Coliseum. Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves to earn the win.

”No one is happy with where we are,” Martin said. ”It’s a rough year and a year we’re not proud of, but to be going down the stretch with some wins and playing good hockey definitely feels a little bit better.”

The Panthers scored first on a shorthanded breakaway goal by Quinton Howden just 1:50 into the game. Defenseman Matt Donovan had trouble reaching a pass at the Florida blue line and Howden was off to the races.

The Isles bounced right back, however, evening the score just 45 seconds later on a shot from the right point by Travis Hamonic. The first period ended in a 1-1 tie.

Although the Islanders outhshot Florida 11-5 in the first period, coach Jack Capuano was not pleased with his team’s play in the opening 20 minutes. “We got off to really slow start, Capuano said. “It wasn’t a good first period for us. We talked about it after the first period, being more physical and I think the last 40 minutes were better.”

Bailey broke the tie when he put home a rebound from just in front of the crease at 11:18 of the second period. Matt Martin made it 3-1 Isles at 17:36 of the second period when banged home the rebound of a shot by Colin McDonald. Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen had difficulty with rebound control throughout the game and the Islanders took full advantage.

Then, Mike Halmo scored his fist NHL goal at 4:21 of the third period when he swatted his own rebound into the net in a baseball-like swing just to the left of the near post.

“It feels good,” Halmo said after the game. “It’s a weight off my shoulders and I’m pretty happy. I just swung for the fences and hit it in, happily. It took a few minutes afterwards sitting on the bench for it to settle in.”

The Panthers managed a power play goal in the closing seconds of the game to make the score 4-2. With the win, the Islanders are now 4-0-1 in their last five games.

“We’re all trying to work hard down the stretch,” Bailey said. “All those guys [rookies] have done a great job for us, from practice to games,  they always give 110 percent, it’s paid off for us with a few wins here down the stretch and hopefully we can finish on a good note.”

The Islanders return to action Wednesday night when they travel to Ottawa to face the Senators.

NOTES:

Official attendance was 11,812

Prior to the game, Matt Martin was named the winner of the Bobby Nystrom Award. Nystrom was on hand to present Martin with the trophy which he has now won for three consecutive years. The award is given to the Isles player who best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication and is voted on by the fans.

Former Isles’ GM Bill Torrey was in attendance. Torrey now works for the Panthers organization.

Matt Carkner dropped the gloves twice in this game, once with Erik Gudbranson and later with Krys Barch.

 

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Isles Play Spoiler, Beat Devils 2-1 in Shootout http://insidehockey.com/isles-play-spoiler-beat-devils-2-1-in-shootout http://insidehockey.com/isles-play-spoiler-beat-devils-2-1-in-shootout#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 03:58:39 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57875

 

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The New York Islanders continued to play a spoilers role as the season enters its final weeks. Frans Nielsen and Brock Nelson scored in the shootout while Nielsen scored the only goal for the home team in regulation and the Islanders beat the visiting New Jersey Devils 2-1.  The shootout loss further hurt the Devils diminishing playoff hopes.

Anders Nilsson made 23 saves and stopped both New Jersey skaters in the shootout to clinch the victory for the Islanders.

“It was nice for me personally to bounce-back from the previous two games,” Nilsson said. “I felt calmer, felt comfortable and the guys helped me feel comfortable. They were tracking guys well, keeping them to the outside and cleared the view for me. I pretty much saw every shot. They made it easy for me to play.”

The game was a defensive struggle with few shots on goal and even fewer quality scoring chances. In fact, the Devils had only two shots on net in the first period while the Islanders had only three in the third. The Devils prevented the Isles from registering a shot on goal for the final 14:44 of regulation time.

The Islanders carried the play in the first period, outshooting New Jersey 9-2 but neither team was able to score. The Isles were also the more physical team in the opening stanza, outhitting the visitors, 19-4.

Nielsen made it 1-0 Isles just 2:12 into the second period on a rush down the right side. He sent the puck towards the net where it deflected off Patrik Elias of the Devils and past goalie Cory Schneider. Josh Bailey drew the only assist on the play.

The Devils evened the score at 10:20 of the second period when Adam Henrique beat Nilsson when he picked up a rebound of his own shot just outside the crease.

New Jersey controlled the tempo in the third period, outshooting the Islanders 7-3 but neither team was able to score and the game headed to overtime.

The biggest defensive play of the game came in the extra session when Thomas Hickey slid down to block an open shot attempt by defenseman Marek Zidlicky. Zidlicky would have had an excellent scoring chance had Hickey not made that play.

In the shootout, Nielsen opened up with a quick goal on his patented backhand move that quickly beat Schneider.

“He’s got a few go-to moves,” Isles’ coach Jack Capuano said when asked about Nielsen’s shootout performance. “When it comes down to the skills competition, he’s pretty good. He made a good move and fortunately for us it was in the back of the net.”

After Nilsson stopped Henrique’s shot, Nelson used his backhand to give the Isles a 2-0 lead in the shootout. Nilsson stopped Elias’ snap shot to clinch the win.

“It was a fun game to play,’” Nielsen said. ”We’re a young team and we’re working hard.”

The Islanders return to action Tuesday night when they host the Florida Panthers at 7:00 PM at the Nassau Coliseum.

NOTES:

The Islanders played the game with 10 rookies on their roster. Veterans Lubomir Visknovsky and Kyle Okposo remain sidelined by injuries.

Official attendance was 15,108.

The Islanders outhit the Devils 46-16. Cal Clutterbuck had nine hits to lead the way while Matt Martin added six.

 

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Photo Gallery: Islanders @ Hurricanes (3/25/14) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-islanders-hurricanes-32514 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-islanders-hurricanes-32514#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:04:10 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57844

Scoring Summary
1st Period
NYI    3:39    Colin McDonald (7) ASSISTS: Thomas Hickey (16), Ryan Strome (7)           NYI 1-0
NYI    5:26    Cal Clutterbuck (11) ASSISTS: Brock Nelson (13), Josh Bailey (22)               NYI 2-0
NYI    6:12    Colin McDonald (8) ASSISTS: Calvin de Haan (12), Travis Hamonic (12)    NYI 3-0
NYI    10:54  Matt Martin (6) ASSISTS: Kevin Czuczman (1), Thomas Hickey (17)             NYI 4-0
CAR   12:38   Jeff Skinner (27) (PP) ASSISTS: Andrei Loktionov (10), Jay Harrison (8)  NYI 4-1
CAR   15:06   Andrei Loktionov (6) ASSISTS: Jiri Tlusty (12), Brett Bellemore (3)            NYI 4-2

2nd Period
CAR    2:42    Alexander Semin (22) (PP) ASSISTS: Jordan Staal (23), John-Michael Liles (5)    NYI 4-3
NYI    16:57   Matt Martin (7) ASSISTS: Ryan Strome (8), Colin McDonald (8)                                   NYI 5-3
CAR   17:19   Nathan Gerbe (16) ASSIST: Jordan Staal (24), Ron Hainsey (11)                                   NYI 5-4

3rd Period
None

Notes
• Carolina won the season series, 3-1-0. New York’s win tonight snapped their six-game losing streak against the Hurricanes.
• The Islanders’ four goals in the first period equal the most Carolina has allowed in any period this season.
• Riley Nash played in his 100th NHL/Hurricanes game and won a career-high 13 faceoffs.
• Loktionov (1g, 1a) earned his second multi-point game in his last four contests. He tallied the game-winning goal and added an
assist on March 18 at Columbus, his first points as a member of the Hurricanes.
• Skinner now leads the team in goals (27) and power-play goals (10). Entering tonight, he ranked tied for 13th in the NHL in
power-play goals.
• Semin now owns 12 points (7g, 5a) in his last 12 games. Through games of March 24, only Gustav Nyquist (DET – 18) scored more
goals than Semin (15) since January 18.
• J. Staal (0g, 2a) has now registered 12 points (4g, 8a) in his last 10 games. He owns four multi-point games in his last nine contests
and recorded four points (2g, 2a) in four games against the Islanders this season.
• McDonald (2g, 1a) set a career high with three points and recorded his first multi-point game of the season.
• Martin (2g, 0a) registered his first multi-goal game since Feb. 24, 2011 at Philadelphia.
• Hickey (0g, 2a) earned his second multi-point game of the season. He registered three points (1g, 2a) on Dec. 29 at MIN

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Photo Gallery: Blue Jackets @ Islanders (3/23/14) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-blue-jackets-islanders-32314 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-blue-jackets-islanders-32314#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:45:08 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57764

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Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov lead the NY Islanders to a 41-save, 2-0 shutout victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets during Sunday’s matinee game at Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum.

Following their 6-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night, the NY Islanders made good use of the four days off that they had to prepare for their game against Columbus on Sunday.

Nabokov, who made 41-saves on the night, was the Islanders best player both on the ice and on the penalty kill, where he shut the Blue Jackets out, despite having six-power play opportunities.

Cal Clutterbuck lit the lamp behind Columbus Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky at 13.26 of the first-period, notching his 10th goal of the season, and the eventual game-winning goal on Sunday.  The play started out as a chip in by Defenseman Kevin Czuczman, Johan Sundstrom scooped up the puck behind the net and pass it through the goal-crease to Frans Nielsen at the right face-off circle.  The puck hopped over Nielsen’s stick, and bounced to the slot where Cal Clutterbuck buried it high over the glove of Bobrovsky.

Later on during an Islanders power-play in the second period, Defenseman Travis Hamonic showed off his offensive prowess when he went end-to-end, skating past all four Columbus defenders on a 200-ft rush, before beating Bobrovsky between his pad and blocker.

The Columbus Blue Jackets move to 36-29-6 for 78 pts, and the NY Islanders move to 27-35-9 for 63 pts.

The Blue Jackets will head home to will play the Detroit Red Wings at the Nationwide Arena on Tuesday at 7:30 pm.  The NY Islanders will head to Raleigh, North Carolina to play their Metro Division rival Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Three Stars of the Game

1) Evgeni Nabokov
2) Travis Hamonic
3) Cal Clutterbuck

Winning Goalie:
Evgeni Nabokov

Losing Goalie:
Sergei Bobrovsky

Notes: NY Islanders were without Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body), John Tavares (knee), Michael Grabner (concussion), Brian Strait (hand).

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