Swinging for the Fences on Defense

We’re several weeks past the onslaught of free agency madness, still more than a month away from training camp, and right smack in the middle of the dog days of summer with the NHL. The Islanders, after the acquisitions this off-season of Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, and Nikolai Kulemin, have addressed many of the holes that have plagued them in recent years.

All except one. (Photo Credit: flickr/ Chiefx70)

Grinder Threads

Vanek Has To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em

The former Buffalo Sabre, New York Islander, Montreal Canadien and current Minnesota Wild winger, is reportedly in some hot water with the U.S. Federal Government. According to an NBC affiliate in Rochester, Vanek was summoned to the Federal Court House in Western New York because of his “involvement” in money laundering and illegal gambling activity charges stemming from The Marina Restaurant and Bar in Rochester, NY.

Filling The Gap On The Top Line

As of now, the New York Islanders do not have a forward that is undeniably the top line winger to play alongside of Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. Last year, the Islanders started the season with Matt Moulson on JT’s wing, who was soon exchanged for Thomas Vanek.

Both Moulson and Vanek fit perfectly on the top line. But with Moulson staying in Buffalo and Vanek currently preparing to wear a Minnesota Wild jersey in 2015, the top spot is once again vacated.

The Sutter Legacy Continues

The New York Islanders used their final pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft to select the 4th Sutter to become a part of their organization, Red Deer Rebels center Lukas Sutter.

2014 NHL Draft: Day 1 Report

The NHL Entry Draft began last night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA at the home of the Flyers. Day 1 featured only the 1st round and a lot of hype was going into the evening.

TCL Isles Round Table Discussion: The Islanders 1st Round 5th Overall Pick

The NHL offseason is officially underway for the New York Islanders. The focus now shifts to the NHL entry draft and I've summoned some of the TCL Isles staff to weigh in on what the Islanders should do with this year’s selection.

The Summer of Snow

The summer of Snow is upon us. For better or worse, the fate of the New York Islanders rests in the hands of General Manager Garth Snow over the next three months. His goal is simple even if the process is complicated: put the finishes touches on a “rebuild” started six summers ago and create a sustained contender for the last season at the Nassau Coliseum and the future of Brooklyn. (Photo credit: Official New York Islanders/flickr).

Islanders Name Greg Cronin Assistant Coach, Doug Weight promoted

The Islanders announce their coaching staff for the upcoming season plus a new title for Doug Weight.

Is trading for Evander Kane worth the headache?

With the draft approaching, the Islanders could be looking to flip their 5th overall pick to another team for a proven commodity.

Evander Kane has been swirling around the rumor mill. Recent history has not been kind to the relationship between the Winnipeg Jets and Evander Kane. The last we heard about Kane and where he thinks he will be for the foreseeable future was back in April when Kane was a healthy scratch in Toronto.

What is a player of his talent doing being a healthy scratch?

If Boyle Bounces, Whom Should The Isles Look To Add On Defense?

Despite the aggressive move made by Garth Snow to acquire Dan Boyle’s negotiation rights prior to the opening of free agency, early reports indicate that Boyle will choose to sign with a new team once he is eligible to listen to other teams on July 1st.

Boyle originally stated that he would have an answer for the Isles by the end of the week. As of today, Boyle's agent George Bazos told Arthur Staple of Newsday that there is nothing new to report since there really isn't a timetable for Boyle to make up his mind (Photo credit: aff ei/Flickr).

Staple notes that the Isles may not be willing to be as patient with Boyle and could look to flip Boyle's rights to another team in order to get back the draft pick they gave to San Jose. You may remember that Snow did the same thing a few years back with defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.