Monday, August 24, 2015

Isles Give Boulton A Tryout

After serving as the Islanders resident tough guy the last few seasons, Eric Boulton is in for a new role.  With his contract having expired following last season, the Islanders didn't renew it making Boulton an unrestricted free agent.

Up until now Boulton had remained unsigned, but he is taking a route that many veterans take to show they have a little left in the tank by accepting a try out, according to Newsday.
If he fails to make the roster he could use his many career experiences to help mentor as well as protect the kids in Bridgeport.  If you are not familiar with the AHL game, it is a much more physical brand of hockey compared to what we see in the NHL.  While his game may not translate up here like it used to, it is still a very much needed part of the game in the AHL.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Isles News Items of the Day

If you have been away from your phone/computer today you have missed some Islanders news stories.

Isles Sign Poulin

The Islanders signed goalie Kevin Poulin to a 1 year two way contract.  Poulin will make 275K in the AHL and 600K if he is on the NHL roster.  After an excellent start to last season where Poulin had essentially put the Sound Tigers on his back, his play really came back to earth as the season wore on and he finished with a 2.87 GAA and a .912 save percentage.  This was Poulins best season as starter since 2011/2012.  At 25, Poulins time could be running out and this year he figures on competing for time with rookie Stephen Williams who is expected to be with Bridgeport next season.

Carkner Signs AHL Contract

After missing all of last season, and with his contract expiring Matt Carkner signed a 2 year AHL contract with the Islanders AHL affiliate in Bridgeport today.  According to Arthur Staple, Carkner will serve as a player and coach.
Carkners style of play will translate well down there I think and his attitude will do wonders for the young players especially Scott Mayfield.

New Third Jersey Coming Next Month

The long awaited Brooklyn third jersey is expected to be released next month, according to multiple reports.  There is no new information yet regarding potential look or design of the jersey.

Monday, August 3, 2015

New Coliseum Name Within 30 Days?

According to the Sports Business Daily Journal, the refurbished Coliseum could have a corporate name within 30 days.  When news broke last year that they would seek a naming rights deal for the arena I tried to think of who it could be but nothing really fit for me so I am curious to see who ends up getting the deal.  Additionally, like was alluded to in a Newsday article last year, I hope they follow through with having the Veterans Memorial name still serve a presence on the grounds, it would be a real shame if they failed to do that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Free Agent Frenzy

With today being the start of NHL free agency, we will do our best to keep track of each signing here.

2:05 Buffalo signs Matt Donovan

1:55 Cody Hodgson signs 1 year deal worth 1 million dollars with Nashville

1:55 Bruins trade Zack Kassian to Montreal in exchange for Brandon Prust and a 5th round pick

1:51 Penguins sign Kael Mouillierat to a two way contract

1:51 Lightning sign Erik Condra to a 3 year deal worth 1.25 million per season

1:39 Leafs sign Pa Parenteau

1:31 Jets sign Alexander Burmistrov to a two year contract

1:31 Kings sign Jhonas Enroth to 1 year contract worth 1,250,000

1:24 Coyotes sign Zybnek Michalek to a 2 year deal worth 3.2 million per season

1:03 Calgary signs Michael Frolik to a 5 year contract worth 4.3 million per season

12:54 Phil Kessel traded to the Penguins

12:48 Oilers sign Mark Letestu to 3 year contract worth 1.8 per season

12:48 Flyers sign Micheal Neuvirth to a 2 year deal worth 3.25 million

12:45 Avalanche sign Blake Comeau to 3 year contract worth 2.4 million per

12:44 Andrej Sekera signs a 6 year contract worth 5.5 per with the Oilers

12:39 Sharks sign Paul Martin to 4 year contract worth 4.85 million per season

12:20 Francois Beauchemin signs a 3 year deal worth 4.5 per season with Colorado

12:14 Islanders re-sign Thomas Hickey to 3 year contract worth 2.2 per season

12:12 Islanders sign Thomas Greiss to a 2 year deal worth 3 million

12:10 Leafs sign Matt Hunwick to a 2 year contract worth 1.2 per season

12:04 Predators re-sign Mike Ribeiro for 2 years 3.5 million per season

12:00 Yannick Weber re-signs in Vancouver for 1 year 1,5 million

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Isles Sign Lee To 4 Year Extension

Photo by Zimbio

According to Arthur Staple, the Islanders have signed Anders Lee to a 4 year extension worth 3.75 million per season.
Lee had a breakout season last year scoring 25 goals and 41 points in 76 games.  He also had 1 point in 5 playoff games.  Throughout the season, Lee made the front of the net home and he was rewarded handsomely for it.  Late in the season, an article came out how Lee was offered a multi year extension last summer but instead of taking it took a one year contract betting on himself that he could earn more and it paid off.  Qualities of confidence and determination like that to me are things you look for in guys who wear letters on their uniform.

While the number is a bit higher then I anticipated this is an example of the Islanders betting on Lees goal scoring potential and that he will continue to mature.  With the Islanders lack of size and skill that Lee posses it is great that they were able to get a long term deal done rather than just another short term deal.

Isles Closing In On Deals For Hickey, Lee

According to The Score, the Islanders are closing in on a 3 year 6.5 million dollar contract extension for defenseman Thomas Hickey.

Hickey, who the Islanders claimed on waivers before the lockout shortened 2012/2013 season has had an up and down time with the Islanders.  At times you see what made Hickey worthy of the 4th overall pick in 2007 by the Kings.  However, at times you also see why Hickey was never given a chance in their organization other then their great depth.

I personally don't love this number for Hickey, however it isn't as bad as it could be.

Yesterday, Arthur Staple from Newsday reported that the Islanders were also closing in on an extension with restricted free agent forward Anders Lee.
After not making the team out of camp last year, Lee quickly showed them why that was a mistake as he ended up with 25 goals in his first full NHL season.  Those 25 goals left Lee at 9th in the rookie of the year voting at the NHL awards last week.

I am curious what the salary number will look like for Lee.  I would expect at least 2 million per season after seeing what other players have gotten in similar bridge contracts.  As far as next season for Lee, with the left wing spot open on John Tavares line the sky is the limit for him.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Meet Mathew Barzal

photo by hockeynow

Last night, the Islanders traded Griffin Reinhart to the Oilers for a first and second round pick in the draft.

With the first round pick, they selected center Mathew Barzal from the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.  In 44 games last season, Barzal had 57 points including 45 assists.  

The pick was praised among pretty much all fans and most analysts as well.  Prior to the start of the season, Barzal was thought to be a top 5 talent in this draft class.  The main reason he slipped so low was due to a knee injury that kept him out for part of the season of the season.  According to Arthur Staple, Barzals presence at 16 was the only reason the Islanders made the deal with the Oilers.  
The main strength of Barzals game is his play making ability as evidenced by his high assist total this season.  He is also an above average skater, according to hockey's future.

I hadn't thought about it til now but does his selection signal that Frans Nielsen time with the team could be winding down?  Interesting to think about in the coming season as Nielsen is in the final year of a 4 year contract