Category Archives: New York Islanders

Islanders searching for defenseman

TheFourthPeriod.com writes … The Islanders have been linked to the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, as both teams look to shed salary and have defensemen up for grabs.

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Oilers should not go after Josh Bailey

Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal writes … If the Edmonton Oilers are targeting a New York Islanders forward, Josh Bailey shouldn’t be No. 1 on their list

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Islanders willing to trade their pick

Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post writes … GM considering offers for Islanders’ first-round pick

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Could the Leafs trade Phaneuf to the Islanders?

Islanders looking to deal

ARTHUR STAPLE of NewsDay writes … Islanders GM Garth Snow looking to trade

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Leafs have talked to Islanders about Boyles rights

Islanders tying to trade Boyles rights

Tsn.ca is reporting that the ISLES (are trying) TO TRADE BOYLE AFTER FAILING TO SIGN HIM TO NEW DEAL

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Evgeni Nabokov could be back on Islanders’ radar

The last stretch of the Islanders’ season isn’t just for evaluating the young players who have been rotating through the lineup.

Evgeni Nabokov, for example, isn’t signed for next season. He’s had two injuries, including a groin problem that cost him a month and left the Isles hanging during their ugly November and December.

But he showed on Sunday a little bit of why the Islanders might be interested in a fourth season employing the 38-year-old in a backup role next season.

It’s inevitable that by the March 5 trade deadline, general manager Garth Snow will trade Vanek

It’s inevitable that by the March 5 trade deadline, general manager Garth Snow will trade Vanek, now even more so in the wake of star center John Tavares’ injury, sustained while playing for Team Canada en route to its gold medal. The Islanders are 12 points out of a playoff position with six teams to leapfrog as the final 22-game stretch begins on Thursday with the Maple Leafs at the Coliseum.

Islanders to go into full sell mode

The impact on the Islanders is immediate. Any hopes of clawing back into the playoff race are shot. The Islanders entered the Olympic break 3-6-1 in their past 10 games, 12 points behind Detroit — a team that has played two fewer games — for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The playoff hopes were probably toast regardless, but the Islanders started 2014 with eight wins in their first 10 games. They will also come out of the break with games against Toronto, New Jersey, Florida, Winnipeg and Edmonton, not exactly a murderer’s row. The trio of Thomas Vanek, Tavares and Kyle Okposo is as lethal a line as there is in the NHL. Only two other lines (the David Krejci and Jonathan Toews lines) have produced more than their 33 goals this season.

Now it’s likely that Okposo will be the only one of those three on the ice for the Islanders when New York plays the Oilers after the trade deadline on March 5.

If he wasn’t already, GM Garth Snow has to go into complete sell mode.

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