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Written by Christian A. | 21 March 2012



Evgeni Nabokov signed a one-year contract extension with the New York Islanders this morning. According to Bob McKenzi of TSN, the deal is worth $2.75 million.

“I’m thrilled to commit to this team for next season,” Nabokov said in a team press release. “We have a great group in the locker room of young, talented players and we’re heading in the right direction. I’m excited to have the chance to help get this team back to the playoffs.”

Nabokov took over the reigns as the Islanders number one goaltender in December after Al Montoya was sidelined with a concussion. This season the Russian net minder has gone 17-18-3 with a goals against average of 2.56 and a save percentage of .912.

Islanders General Manager Garth Snow believes that Nabokov can still play at an elite level. “He’s given us a chance to win every night and we’re excited to have him back for another season,” he said in a press release.

The re-signing of Nabokov raises serious doubts that Al Montoya will return to the Islanders for next season. He has seen to limited game action since returning from injury. He’s only appeared in 23 games and has gone 7-6-5.

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Written by Christian A. | 20 March 2012



Newsday is reporting that Anders Lee is staying at Notre Dame for next season, contrary to reports which said he was planning to join the team once his season ended.

According to the report, Lee informed GM Garth Snow over the weekend that he intended to stay at Notre Dame for his junior season.

This past season Lee scored 17 goals and had 17 assists over 40 games for the Irish. Notre Dame’s season ended early after they did not receive an at large bid for the NCAA hockey tournament.

There is some concern that could become an unrestricted free agent by exploiting a loophole in the current CBA that says a college hockey player must be signed before the fourth June following his draft year. If they aren’t the player could become an unrestricted free agent and Lee’s fourth June is coming up next summer.

This situation happened last summer to the Islanders last summer when Jason Gregoire, an Islander third round pick in 2007, exploited the loophole and became a free agent. He eventually signed with the Winnipeg Jets.

But there is no indication that Lee will leave the organization and Newsday noted that the loophole will most likely closed during CBA negotiations.

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Written by Christian A. | 19 March 2012



Islanders fan favorite Michael Haley could be facing supplementary discipline following a fight filled game on Sunday afternoon between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Worcester Sharks.

According to Sharks Page.com, Haley jumped Mike Moore, captain of the Sharks, and bloodied his nose during the ensuing fight. Both wound up in the penalty box from the scuffle with Haley getting extra penalty minutes. Moore went off to have his nose fixed before returning and heading to the penalty box to serve his time. With no stoppages in play Moore and Haley both left the penalty box at the same time and would immediately go at it again. They were both handed five-minute majors for fighting and game misconducts for fight while leaving the penalty box.

Under the AHL’s rule 70.4, the pair could receive a six game suspension for their actions. The league will review the case.

Earlier in the first Trevor Gillies and Frazer McLaren dropped the gloves. Then at the 16:23 mark of the first period, Brodie Reid and Tyler McNeely were sent off for fight.

The Sound Tigers fell to the Sharks 5-2 after a bad second period which saw them allow four goals.

h/t: Lighthouse Hockey


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Written by Christian A. | 17 March 2012



Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Tonight the Islanders will take on the Montreal Canadiens north of the border. The Islanders will be looking to snap a five game losing streak.

 

The Islanders will start Al Montoya tonight in net. It will be the first game action for Montoya since February 20 and his first start since February 16. Capuano also said that Steve Staios, who is day-to-day with a lower body injury, and Jay Pandolfo are the scratches.

Below are the lineups for tonight’s matchup:

New York Islanders

Forwards
Matt Moulson-John Tavares-Kyle Okposo
Josh Bailey-Frans Nielsen-PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner-Casey Cizikas-David Ullstrom
Nino Niederreiter-Marty Reasoner-Matt Martin

Defensemen
Mark Streit-Dylan Reese
Travis Hamonic-Andrew MacDonald
Milan Jurcina-Mark Eaton

Montreal Canadiens

Forwards
Cole-Desharnais-Pacioretty
Bourque-Plekanec-White
Leblanc-Eller-Palushaj 
Staubitz-Nokelainen-Geoffrion

Defensemen
Gorges-Subban
Weber-Markov
St. Denis-Campoli

Video of the Day:

The Islanders married Weldon Malone and his fiancé Donna on the Nassau Coliseum ice prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers.  Weldon has to undergo surgery to take out a piece of his skull and his fiancé wrote the team. Nice of the Isles to something to lift his spirits prior to his surgery and hey, if you can find any women willing to marry you on a hockey rink in an ageing hockey arena……Marry her.

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Written by Christian A. | 16 March 2012

The Ontario Hockey League handed down a 10 game suspension to Islanders’ prospect Mike Halmo for his hit to the head of Nial Yakupov on March 10.

Halmo will miss the Owen Sound’s final two games of the regular season and eight of the team’s playoff games.

The Sound forward had just signed an entry-level deal with the Islanders just hours before the incident occurred.

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Written by Christian A. | 16 March 2012

Here are the Islander headlines for Friday, March 16.

Flyers 3, Islanders 2 - New York Islanders

Flyers Top Islanders 3-2 for 7th Straight win in 8 Games - Associated Press

Islanders’ Rally Comes up Short - Newsday

Bryz Loses Streak But Flyers Beat Islanders to Stay ‘on Right Path’ - Philadelphia Daily News

Moulson & Martin Post 3-2 Isles Loss - Hockeybuzz

Flyers 3, Islanders 2 - Lighthouse Hockey

Flyers 3 Islanders 2; It Really Wasn’t That Close - Islanders Point Blank

Isles Rally But Fall to Flyers: 3-2 - Examiner.com

Sorry Coach Capuano, But John Tavares Will Diagram This Play for Islanders (VIDEO) - Puck Daddy

Video: Is This the Play John Tavares Would Like to Run - Islanders Point Blank

Brock Nelson Advances in WCHA, Draws Praise - Lighthouse Hockey  

Ref Auger Injured in Flyers Win over Islanders - NHL.com


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Written by Roberto Scalia | 16 March 2012



Coming off two straight painful losses with blown leads late in the third, the Islanders playoff hopes looked bleak, but that doesn’t mean they were gonna stop trying to win games. Last night the Islanders came out head to head with the Flyers, but luck was on the Flyers’ side last night, as Rinaldo skated into the corner, put it on net and just happened to find a very small hole in Nabokov’s positioning to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.

Later in the period, Jaromir Jagr would completely outwork, Islander captain, Mark Streit and find partner Claude Giroux all alone in the slot. Giroux would fire a one-timer right past Nabokov and make it 2-0. The lead would hold up through the first, and in a period where the Islanders were staying with the opposition, the concluding of opportunities is what allowed one team to be in the lead, and the other to be trailing.

There wouldn’t be too much difference in the second, as most of it was spent battling back and forth, until Scott Hartnell got loose on a breakaway and fired a perfect shot right over Nabokov’s glove to make it 3-0. It seemed like a 5th straight loss would be inevitable, and then the third period started.

Unlike the usual events, this time it was the Islanders making a comeback as Michael Grabner finally got one past the stone wall now known as Ilya Bryzgalov, who set the Flyer record for most minutes without letting up a goal last night, as he deflected a shot from the point right past him. Only 35 seconds later, it was Mark Streit outbattling the opposition, putting it in front, where John Tavares fired it in for his 31st of the season and 70th point, the first Islander to reach the amount since Alexei Yashin did it 10 years ago.

The comeback would end there however, as no matter what the Islanders tried with the extra skater, they just couldn’t get that third one past Bryzgalov.

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