Player News - Islanders

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With the Islanders' management changing over the summer, Joshua Ho-Sang will get a fresh start in 2018-19.

Ho-Sang has plenty of offensive upside, but he ended up spending most of the 2017-18 campaign in the AHL. Even when he did play in the NHL last season, he was averaging a modest 14:17 minutes per game. He'll have an opportunity to prove himself with new head coach Barry Trotz though. "He’s got NHL skill, he’s got NHL ability," Trotz said. "From my standpoint, there are certain expectations we are going to have for him on and off the ice. I think he realizes a lot of his things in the past, where he got himself in maybe a little bit of, I don’t want to say trouble, but just in a situation where he comes across maybe poorly, that’s just a young man who is just growing up."
Jul 22 - 8:43 AM

John Gruden has been hired by the New York Islanders to serve as an assistant coach.

Gruden spent the previous two seasons as the head coach of the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs and he guided the team to a championship in 2018. The 48-year-old is also a former defenseman whose resume includes 92 NHL games.
Jul 19 - 9:12 AM

Ryan Pulock has signed a two-year contract with the New York Islanders.

Pulock scored 10 goals and 32 points in 68 games last season. He was a restricted free agent this summer. The Islanders didn't disclose the financial terms of the deal and they weren't otherwise available at the time of writing.
Jul 17 - 5:03 PM

The New York Islanders have signed Devon Toews to a two-year contract.

Toews had eight goals and 22 points in 30 AHL games last season. He was taken by the Islanders with the 108th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 16 - 6:12 PM

Kyle Burroughs has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders.

Burroughs had six goals, 25 points, and 99 penalty minutes in 75 AHL games last season. The 23-year-old hasn't made his NHL debut yet.
Jul 16 - 3:59 PM

Brock Nelson's arbitration hearing is set for August 3.

Nelson finished a three-year, $7.5 million contract. He had 19 goals and 35 points in 82 games last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 12 - 4:12 PM

Ross Johnston's recently signed contract with the Islanders is worth $4 million over four years.

Quite the commitment to someone who has three goals and six points in 25 career NHL games. Johnston can be a good source of penalty minutes for fantasy owners though if he secures a regular role with the Islanders.
Jul 9 - 7:50 PM

Ross Johnston has signed a four-year contract extension with the New York Islanders.

The financial terms of Johnston's agreement weren't immediately known. He had three goals, six points, and 62 penalty minutes in 24 games last season. He will be a good source of PIM if he secures a regular bottom-six role with the Islanders.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 9 - 3:28 PM

Chris Bourque has signed with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Sound Tigers are affiliated with the New York Islanders, but Bourque signed an AHL-only contract. Bourque, 32, has 51 career NHL games on his resume and has carved out a role as a top performer at the AHL level. He had 17 goals and 53 points in 64 games with the Hershey Bears last season.
Source: TheAHL.com
Jul 9 - 12:38 PM

Jan Kovar has signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the New York Islanders.

Kovar has never played in North America, but the 28-year-old forward has done rather well for himself in the KHL. He scored seven goals and 35 points in 54 KHL games last season. Prior to that he had recorded over 50 points in four consecutive KHL campaigns. It will be interesting to watch him during training camp and see how he fits into the Islanders' lineup. There certainly is top-six potential here.
Jul 9 - 11:37 AM

Lou Lamoriello doesn't harbor any ill-will towards the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lamoriello served as the Maple Leafs' general manager for three years, but Toronto decided to allow his contract to expire and promote Kyle Dubas to the role of general manager. Lamoriello has since become the president and GM of the New York Islanders, but he still has positive sentiments towards his former colleagues. "I’m happy for them," Lamoriello said. "There are very good people there. Starting with Larry Tanenbaum, ownership was always tremendous with me in giving me the autonomy there to do what I thought was best for the organization. And my relationship with [coach Mike Babcock] was impeccable. When it comes to them, I hope they enjoy all the success in the world … except when they play the New York Islanders." Lamoriello added that Dubas remains a good friend of his.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 8 - 8:22 PM

Mathew Barzal is embracing the idea that he will play a bigger role after John Tavares' departure.

Tavares was the face of the franchise and with him gone, the Islanders will be looking to Barzal to headline the team after his Calder Trophy-winning rookie season. Barzal is expected to move up to the first line and face off against the league's top defensive pairings. "He said it would be different my second year," Barzal said, referring to a conversation he had with head coach Barry Trotz. "I’ll get more attention and, without John, it will be amplified. I’m excited about that. That’s being competitive. I take that more as a compliment, more of a respect thing." The 2018-19 campaign might be a tough one for the Islanders, even if Barzal does well, but he does represent an encouraging future for the team.
Jul 8 - 3:35 AM

The New York Islanders have hired Lane Lambert to serve as their associate coach.

Lambert will continue to work under Barry Trotz as a result. Lambert had spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals while Trotz was the bench boss there. Trotz and Lambert also worked together with the Nashville Predators. "He knows the culture that we want," Trotz said of Lambert. "He’s demanding. He’s passionate. He’s been a really good ally."
Jul 6 - 8:07 AM

Brock Nelson was the only member of the New York Islanders to request for salary arbitration.

Nelson was on a three-year, $7.5 million contract. He scored 19 goals and 35 points in 82 contests in 2017-18.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:37 PM

Andrew Ladd remains upbeat about the New York Islanders after they lost John Tavares.

In particular, Ladd feels the emergence of Mathew Barzal helps mitigate the loss. Barzal had 22 goals and 85 points in 82 games en route to winning the Calder Trophy. "When you lose someone like John, it's nice to have someone as special as Mat Barzal to step up and be able to fill in for those minutes that are going to be needed to have someone fill," said Ladd. "He's a special player. I've played with the Patrick Kanes and [Jonathan] Toews and Eric Staals and Mark Scheifeles of the world. This kid is special." It's high praise, but it's also a lot to put on Barzal's shoulders. It seems Tavares' departure is adding to the pressure on Barzal going into his sophomore campaign.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 5 - 5:45 AM


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