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ISLANDERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Ice ready at Islanders' new home

The New York Islanders took one step closer to making the Barclays Center their new home.On Tuesday, the team's website released a time-lapse video showing the ice being placed in their new Brooklyn home. The Islanders will play three preseason games at Barclays Center before opening the 2015-16 campaign against the defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 9.New...
Via Fox Sports
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Islanders to replace Ice Girls squad with co-ed crew after move to Brooklyn: Report

In a move that reeks more of political correctness than equal opportunity, the New York Islanders said they are thawing out their Ice Girls squad and replacing them with a co-ed ice cleaning crew. The NHL hockey team is dropping the sexy, cheerleader-like team when it moves from Nassau Coliseum to Barclays Center in Brooklyn this fall, according to Sports Illustrated. ...
Via The Other Paper
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

FAIL: New York Islanders announce that the team's "Ice Girls" crew is no more

The New York Islanders announced that the team's "Ice Girls" crew is no more. Barry Baum, chief communications officer for Barclays Center, told Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated that the Islanders are instead going to use a co-ed ice crew which will be in charge of “helping create the best ice possible as mandated by the NHL.”“We decided to go in a different direction,”...
Via Bob's Blitz
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

New York Islanders are getting rid of their Ice Girls

The New York Islanders have discontinued their Ice Girls. With the Islanders moving to the Barclay’s Center for the 2015-16 season, the club decided it was time to stop the Ice Girls who were scantily dressed women in charge of shoveling the ice. Ice Girls have received their fair share of criticism for promoting sexism. The Islanders have had a crew since 2001.   Barry...
Via Puck Drunk Love
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Cover All Bases With Twin Rinks Acquisition

In a story published today on Newsday.com, New York Islanders outgoing owner Charles Wang purchased the bankrupt facility at Eisenhower Park, Twin Rinks, for 8 million dollars in upfront cash. This includes a 30 year licensing agreement with the county. But what does it mean for the team and its deal with Cantiague Park that was negotiated earlier in the summer? Sources told Paul...
Via Islanders Insight
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Billboards & More Arbour 8/30/2015

Last two days of August. Training camp is approaching and fast. The team will report for physicals on Thursday, September 17 and are in the process of making their way back to Long Island to complete their summer training. In Brooklyn, where the Islanders will begin the 2015-16 season at their new home, Barclays Center, billboards have started appearing as part of the marketing campaign...
Via Islanders Insight
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|29|15

It is hard to imagine – especially today – that a head coach of a professional team would be loved by every player he coached but that is part of the legacy Al Arbour will leave behind. “Al was a tremendous mentor, on and off the ice,” Denis Potvin said on a conference call. “There are so many things that I can say about Al, in particular the fact that when I first met...
Via Islanders Insight
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Al Arbour, who led Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups, dies at 82

New York Islanders fans will be losing more than Nassau Coliseum this season, they will also be without one of the men who helped bring the old arena to prominence. Al Arbour, the Hall of Fame Islanders coach who combined old-school discipline with out-of-the-box creativity to produce a modern sports dynasty with four straight Stanley Cup titles, died Friday after a long illness...
Via The Other Paper
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Isles open contract talks with Okposo

The New York Islanders and Kyle Okposo have begun talks on the right wing signing a multi-year contract extension prior to the upcoming season, according to a report by The Fourth Period.Okposo is in the final campaign of his five-year, $14 million contract, during which he is owed $4.5 million. The 27-year-old Minnesota native has established a connection with fellow linemate and...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders facing tough decision with Okposo

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Islanders find themselves at an interesting crossroads. Finally, after years of ineptitude, the Islanders find themselves in a position where they could be a contender over the next several years thanks to a ton of young, exciting talent and finally having the supplementary pieces in place. The thing about building a contender, however...
Via Sports-Glory
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders sign Carkner to professional tryout contract

The New York Islanders are willing to give veteran defenseman Matt Carkner another chance. Carkner, who is an unrestricted free agent, joined forward Tyler Barnes and goaltender Parker Milner in signing professional tryout contracts with the team on Monday. Carkner played two seasons with the Islanders, recording five assists and 195 penalty minutes in 75 games from 2012-14. The...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Bossy, his famous 1981 50-in-50 puck reunited

New York Islanders legend Mike Bossy's daughter mistakenly gave away dad's famous 1981 50-in-50 puck.It wound up on Ebay...Gavin Maloof learned of the auction and bought the puck for a reasonable $7,000."I said, 'We need to get this puck. It means a lot to Mr. Bossy,'" Maloof tells TMZ Sports."50 goals in 50 games. Only a handful of people have ever done that. I needed to buy this...
Via Bob's Blitz
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Brock Nelson Remains Unsigned

As of today, August 11th 2015, New York Islanders center Brock Nelson remains unsigned by the team. Nelson, a Restricted Free Agent, rejected the teams qualifying offer in early July, and has remained unsigned ever since. As the Islanders extended a qualifying offer, and Nelson is under the age of 27 with less than 7 years in the league, he remains a restricted free agent, with...

New York Islanders offseason recap

Last year: 47-28-7, third in the Metro Division. Lost to Washington in seven games in Round One. Key additions: Thomas Greiss, Matt Barzal Key subtractions: Griffin Reinhart, Tyler Kennedy, Lubomir Visnovsky, Michal Neuvirth, Colin McDonald, Matt Carkner, Eric Boulton Offense: The Islanders’ fourth-ranked offense returns every key contributor and could see significant jumps in production […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Sifferlen joins USPHL’s Islanders for 2015-16 season

Tyler Sifferlen joins Islanders Hockey Club. (Photo/Justin Soderberg/Mill City Sports)The summer halfway over and most skaters have been working on getting ready for the 2015-16 season, including UMass Lowell recruit and North Andover, Massachusetts native Tyler Sifferlen. The 19-year-old forward is preparing for his first season in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL...
Via Mill City Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Lubomir Visnovsky may start the year in Europe

Lubomir Visnovsky is currently lacking an NHL contract and is reportedly considering a move to Europe for the start of the 2015-16 season. The 38-year-old defenseman is coming off a two-year, $9.5 million contract with the New York Islanders, but the team has made it known they’re looking toward younger defenseman moving forward. That leaves Visnovsky on the outside and he may...
Via Puck Drunk Love
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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