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Douglas Murray ejected in his first game back after suspension

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Douglas Murray was ejected in his first game back from a three-game suspension. (Photo: Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

 By Mike McMahon 

It only took Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray 6:29 minutes on ice to find himself in trouble with the league once again.

The Swedish defenseman was ejected from Thursday night’s game after hitting Islanders forward Johan Sundstrom from behind, sending his fellow countryman hard into the boards and causing an apparent head injury.

(GIF via @myregularface)

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • Calvin de Haan of Islanders hurt after collision, Ovechkin’s shot off chest

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    By Mike McMahon

    The New York Islanders have high hopes for defenseman Calvin de Haan, who they chose 12th in 2009 NHL Draft, but his progress has been slowed by injuries, particularly to his shoulder. His misfortune continued on Saturday after he fell while tussling with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin along the sideboards. Hobbled, de Haan tried to get to the front of the net to help goalie Evgeni Nabokov. For his troubles, the defenseman was the recipient of Ovechkin’s tipped shot directly into his shoulder. Read More…


  • Published On Apr 05, 2014
  • Lightning, Islanders go 13 rounds in shootout that features goals, ejection

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    By Mike McMahon

    The shootout is often referred to as “the skills competition” by fans, and the ones who were at the Lightning-Islanders matchup at  the Tampa Bay Times Forum got to see plenty of. It took 26 shooters to finally get Lightning a 3-2 win, and there was plenty of excitement to be had in the NHL’s longest shootout of the season. Here’s some of the highlights.

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2014
  • Thomas Vanek trade bungle is Garth Snow’s latest epic gaffe

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    New York Islanders GM Garth Snow

    GM Garth Snow’s trade market miscalculation will put the Isles in a sticky situation in June. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Wednesday was another bad day in a long line of them for Garth Snow, a man who probably thought he might salvage a lost season on Long Island with a bravura performance at the trade deadline but instead cemented his reputation as the Charlie Brown of NHL general managers, the one whose clothes fly off in all directions when each pitch he throws is hit for a screaming comebacker.

    While the deadline efforts of his peers will require the benefit of time and distance to adequately judge their success, the work of the Islanders GM needs no such perspective.

    It was a disaster.

    CAZENEUVE: Teams to watch in the post-deadline stretch

    While Buffalo’s dynamic duo of Darcy Regier (since fired) and his replacement, Tim Murray, were ultimately able to turn impending free agent Thomas Vanek into a first-round pick, three second-rounders, and forward Torrey Mitchell for the Sabres, all Snow could muster was a conditional second rounder (it’s gone if Montreal fails to make the playoffs) and prospect forward Sebastien Collberg.

    Get that? Buffalo walks away with four picks and an affordable depth forward for Vanek. Snow gets the football yanked away just as he leans into it and the endless rebuild on Long Island takes another step backwards.

    Of all the Garth Snows in the world, he’s the Garth Snowiest.

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • Thomas Vanek a healthy scratch for Islanders before trade deadline

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    Being scratched before Tuesday's game in Winnipeg could indicate Thomas Vanek's stay with the Islanders could be a short one. (David Hahn/Icon SMI)

    Being scratched before Tuesday’s game in Winnipeg could indicate Thomas Vanek’s stay with the Isles could be a short one. (David Hahn/Icon SMI)

    By Nick Stoico

    New York Islanders’ winger Thomas Vanek was a healthy scratch tonight against Winnipeg in what could potentially be his last evening with the team.

    Vanek, who is third on the team in points with 44 since being traded to New York on Oct. 27, is undoubtedly the Islanders’ top trading asset and with the trade deadline rapidly approaching (Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET), and it is easy to speculate that GM Garth Snow and head coach Jack Capuano would prefer to keep him healthy. Vanek is an unrestricted free agent this summer and has verbally expressed interest in testing the market. He could be a top-six forward on any team willing to make a deal with Snow and it would seem that a deal is certainly on the horizon.

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • UPDATED: John Tavares out for season after Sochi knee injury

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    John Tavares of Team Canada suffers a leg injury in Sochi Olympics.

    Canadians as well as Islanders fans have to be worried after seeing John Tavares go down and out of the Games. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    UPDATED: Early this morning, Newsday’s Arthur Staple reported that a post-game MRI on Tavares revealed a torn MCL and torn meniscus. The injury will force the 23-year-old to the sidelines for the remainder of the NHL season.

    Tavares reportedly will undergo surgery upon his return to New York. He’s expected to be ready when training camp opens in September.

    Despite a roster that features 11 of the NHL’s top-25 scorers, Team Canada can’t seem to buy a goal at the Olympics … and things won’t get any easier. In the press conference after his team’s narrow 2-1 win over Latvia, Canadian coach Mike Babcock confirmed that John Tavares suffered a leg injury and will be lost for the remainder of the tournament.

    The injury occurred when Tavares collided with Latvian defenseman Arturs Kulda in the second period. He did not return for the third.

    Tavares had been used primarily in a fourth-line role for Canada, but as the NHL’s third-leading scorer with 66 points, he clearly had the potential to assume heavier duty if asked.

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  • Published On Feb 19, 2014
  • Coaching change rumored for Islanders; Is Peter Laviolette on wish list?

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    Peter Laviolette coached the New York Islanders for two seasons.

    Peter Laviolette had some success with the Isles before wearing out his welcome. (Ed Betz/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    A season that began with such fresh promise is unraveling like a Rob Ford lie on Long Island. The Islanders are in last place in the Metropolitan Division, and coming off an eighth-straight loss on Thursday night. They’re struggling to correct their course before the playoffs are completely out of their reach, but the outlook is getting grimmer by the day.

    Something has to give. But are they really ready to pin the blame on coach Jack Capuano?

    Botta is a top-notch reporter with deep ties in the organization. If he’s throwing Laviolette’s name out for public consumption, there’s likely more than a little smoke here.

    And it’s a name that’s sure to catch the attention of the dispirited tribe known as the Isles faithful. Laviolette spent two seasons (2001-03) behind the bench on Long Island, guiding a hard-working team to the playoffs both times before being dismissed by infamous GM Mike Milbury in a fit of pique. Since then, Laviolette has won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes (2006), coached Team USA at the Olympics (2006), and guided the Flyers to the Cup Final (2010). These days he’s working as an assistant for Team USA, and is doing some heavy scouting ahead of the team’s roster selection.

    He’s an undeniably capable guy…but bringing him on now would be a pointless move, wouldn’t it?

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  • Published On Dec 06, 2013
  • Buffalo Sabres trade Thomas Vanek to Islanders for Matt Moulson, draft picks

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    Thomas Vanek scored at least 20 goals in each of his eight NHL seasons, topping the 40-goal mark twice. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

    Thomas Vanek scored at least 20 goals in each of his eight NHL seasons, topping 40 twice. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    According to Newsday’s Arthur Staple, the Sabres have already turned into sellers this season, trading Thomas Vanek to the Islanders, getting back forward Matt Moulson, a 2014 first-round pick, and a 2015 second-rounder.

    First thoughts? I’m guessing the “Fire Darcy” chants have been silenced in Buffalo. A franchise that has been pilloried by its fans and the press since the start of the season for its utter ineptitude on the ice and in the front office just pulled off the sort of deal that will make the suffering yet to come so much more bearable.

    They may have sewn a C on his chest earlier this month, but Vanek wasn’t going to re-sign with the Sabres when he hit free agency this summer. Not a chance. It’s one of the worst-kept secrets in hockey that Vanek is pining for a return to Minnesota next season, the state where he played his college hockey and where his good buddy, and former teammate, Jason Pominville currently skates. So removing the distraction and swapping him out for multiple assets makes sense.

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  • Published On Oct 27, 2013
  • SHANABANNED! Michael Grabner gets two games for elbowing Nathan Gerbe

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    By Allan Muir

    The NHL sent a strong and clear message with the five-game suspension handed to Colorado forward Cody McLeod this afternoon: hits from behind won’t be tolerated.

    Blindside head shots though? Eh, not so bad . . . at least, if you’re a first-time offender.

    That’s the takeaway from the two-game sentence handed to New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner on Monday evening.

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  • Published On Oct 21, 2013
  • New York Islanders make safe move in returning Griffin Reinhart to juniors

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    Defenseman Griffin Reinhart of the New York Islanders was sent back to his junior team.

    Blueliner Griffin Reinhardt said he would be happy just to stay in the NHL and practice with the Isles. (Seth Wenig/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    It was a numbers game, as much as a desire to enhance his development, that led the New York Islanders to return defenseman Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League today. With Cal Clutterbuck ready to return to action after spending the season’s first week on IR, somebody had to go in order to create roster space. And Reinhart, who’d been confined to the press box for the Isles’ first three games in favor of Matt Donovan and Brian Strait, was the easiest cut to make.

    That probably doesn’t make him feel any better about the demotion, though, since he’s now confined to junior hockey for the rest of the season. The fourth-overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Reinhart already has three years of that circuit under his belt, so there’s not a lot left for him to prove at that level . . . at least in his opinion.

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  • Published On Oct 09, 2013


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