Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Isles Set to Make Boychuk Highest Paid Player on Team

According to Elliotte Friedman from Hockey Night in Canada, it is believed that the Islanders have made Johnny Boychuk at least one offer that would make him the highest paid player on the team.  This of course means his yearly salary would surpass 5.5 million dollars which is the salary of both John Tavares and now Nick Leddy.
When asked by Stan Fischler if he would be back next season following last nights victory, Boychuk said with a smile, "Hopefully."

I am very curious to see what the team ends up giving Boychuk as far as a new contract goes.  Initially, I thought that 6 million per season would get it done.  However, with Leddy getting 5.5 per season in his deal I am not sure 6 will do it for Boychuk.  His brothers seem to be confident in him remaining with the team.  For Islander fans sake, myself included, I hope they are correct.

Big Third Period Gives Isles Victory Over Coyotes

photo by NY Post

Tonight, with the help of a huge offensive third period, our Islanders defeated the Coyotes by a score of 5-1.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-Congrats to Kael Mouillierat on his first NHL goal and NHL point.

-Great to see Brock Nelson have a multi point game tonight, if anyone deserved it he did.  It seemed like that questionable hit he took from Oliver Ekman-Larsson really helped him bring his game to another level.

  

-Another solid start from Chad Johnson.  With just 20 games left, getting Halak rest will be paramount as playoffs draw near.

-Lee continues his strive toward rookie of the year with his 20th goal of the season tonight.  He really can't afford to have many cold stretches as the season winds down to make it impossible for him to not be nominated for the award.

-Good to see Boychuk get one tonight, impressive wrist shot for someone who is known for his booming slapper.

While it wasn't a great effort by the team through 40 minutes tonight, the Islanders finally took advantage of a tired team with 4 goals in the third period tonight.  With the standings so tight the Islanders need to keep this up to maintain the top spot in both the division and the conference.

Next Game: Friday vs Calgary

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pre Game: Coyotes @ Islanders

Tonight, our Islanders look to rebound from Sundays shaky effort as they play host to the Arizona Coyotes for the final time in the Nassau Coliseum.

The goalie match up tonight features Mike Smith for Arizona.  Meanwhile, coming off a few good starts Chad Johnson gets the start for the Islanders tonight.

The Islanders lineup will be the same as Sundays loss meaning Frans Nielsen will remain.  His status for tonight was up in the air after being shaken up in Sundays contest.

BREAKING: Isles Sign Leddy to 7 Year Extension

photo by zimbio

According to Newsday, the Islanders have signed Nick Leddy to a 7 year extension worth 38.5 million dollars.
While I am thrilled that the Islanders inked Leddy for such a long time, the money is surprising to me.  I always thought that Leddy would top at 4.5 AAV.  For him to ask the 5.5 and the Islanders to give it to him really came as a shock to me.  Additionally, it shows that the Islanders have really turned a corner as a franchise that they were willing to pay him this much.  In prior years if a player asked for a contract like this, the Islanders would've either kept negotiations going deep into the summer, or simply showed him the door.

Monday, February 23, 2015

NEWSDAY: Isles,SMG Owe Nassau County Millions

According to Newsday, the Islanders and SMG owe Nassau County more than 3.6 million dollars in unpaid rent, utilities, and revenue payments for the Coliseum.

The article states that this debt has been outstanding since 2011 with only two payments have been made on it since 2012.

I am sure this will only get messier as the Islanders lease in Nassau County gets closer and closer to expiring.  

Isles Can't Buy a Goal in Shutout Loss

Earlier this evening, our Islanders were shutout 4-0 by the Vancouver Canucks.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-This definitely was not Jaroslav Halak's best game and I am sure he would be the first to tell you that.  I'm not sure what happened with him but he has been a bit shaky over the last week or two.

-If there was ever a game decided by special teams, this was it.  The Islanders went 0-5 on the power play, on top of that they also gave up two goals on the penalty kill as well.  Special teams, which have been an Achilles heel for the Islanders at some points this season really came back to bite them tonight.

-Forgetful home debut for Kael Mouillierat today.  While the first penalty called on him was soft, the second one was a dumb play by him and he has to know better than that.  The power play goal resulting from that penalty sent the team in the downfall they couldn't get out of.

-Josh Baileys failure on that glorious opportunity in front of the net in the second period is exactly why there are some that don't like him being on the first line.  While he has played better, when I see Josh Bailey I still don't see a top line player.

-Anders Lee was one of the better forwards today, along with his center John Tavares.  Lee had a few great chances, especially in the first but Miller wouldn't give in.  Meanwhile, Tavares had his legs going all game and created a few chances just based on effort which is always fun to watch.

After yesterdays exciting game, this was definitely a let down.  The poor play in the second period really put the team in a hole they couldn't dig themselves out of.  While they did have a better effort in the third period, this was a game where they simply couldn't buy a goal.

Next Game: Tuesday vs Arizona

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pre Game: Cauncks @ Islanders

This evening, our Islanders return home to play host to Ryan Miller and the Vancouver Canucks.

The goalie match up will feature Miller likely in net for Vancouver.  Meanwhile, Jaroslav Halak will be between the pipes for the Islanders.  With a win tonight, Halak will set the team record for most wins in a season by an Islander goalie.

The Islanders lineup will also look a bit different as well.  Lubomir Visnovsky will make his return to the lineup tonight after sitting out yesterday.  To make room for him, Brian Strait will spend tonight in the press box.  Additionally, tonight will be the home debut for Kael Mouillierat who made his NHL debut in Washington yesterday.