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Former Islanders coach Scott Gordon, who was an assistant with the Leafs the past three seasons, told me last year that Kulemin was by far Toronto's best two-way forward.
Josh Bailey of the Islanders is seen on the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first period of the NHL hockey game at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders haven't been as competitive as they would have liked the past few seasons, save for the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
The NHL announced Thursday a series of rules changes for the 2014-15 season, following approval earlier in the summer by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association. Clipping, charging, elbowing, interference, kneeing, head-butting and butt-ending move from the general category into the same category as boarding and checking from behind.
As training camp nears, the anticipation of the upcoming season rises to a fever pitch. Consequently, so does the number of questions surrounding the Islanders.
Jack Skille is one of a group of new Islanders who probably thought, when they signed towards the end of a busy July 1, they had a better than decent shot to crack an opening-night roster in need of some overhauling. Of course, that changed by the end of business on July 2. Skille, Cory Conacher, Harry Zolnierczyk and T.J. Brennan all signed on the first day of free agency -- Conacher and Brennan both signed one-way deals for $600,000; Skille and Zolnierczyk signed two-way deals that would pay each of them $300,000 if they're sent to the minors and $750,000 and $650,000 at the NHL level.
Martin Brodeur has said he would like to play for a contender, preferably in the Western Conference and would settle for a back-up position if not given a chance to start. EA Sports is set to release a patch for NHL 15 that will remove all of the league's goalies and replace them with Brodeur, extending the already Hall of Fame goalie's career indefinitely in the virtual world.
Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter skates against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 18, 2014, in Uniondale, New York. Nino Niederreiter and the Wild agreed to terms on a three-year, $8 million contract Thursday, a week before players are scheduled to report for the first day of training camp.
NHL players no longer have an eternity to complete their penalty shot and shootout attempts with a slow-motion pirouette. That -- technically it's the banning of the "spinorama" in shootout/penalty shot attempts -- is one of the more noticeable among many rule changes announced by the league today: The 'Spin-O-Rama' move, as described in Section 24.2 of the 2013-14 NHL Rule Book, will no longer be permitted either in Penalty Shot situations or in the Shootout.
The newest Islanders have been trickling into IceWorks this week, trying to get acclimated to a new area and a new team. There's a core four of sorts among all the new faces who are crucially important to the team's success this coming season.
"Henning comes back to his own blue line and shoots it up ice to Tonelli. Tonelli comes in over the blue line on the off wing.
Without any more prompting, the Islanders all-world center went straight for the position that has plagued his franchise for almost two decades. "I think obviously goaltending was a big thing," Tavares told The Post on Tuesday at an NHL event at a Newark High School, his team having signed starter Jaroslav Halak to a four-year, $18 million deal, and added established backup Chad Johnson on a two-year, $2.6 million deal.
Jan 7, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders center John Tavares skates on the ice during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Islanders won 5-3.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 09:58 am
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