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 (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

Andy Graziano and I have begun our annual season review, taking a look back at the 2016-17 Islanders and analyzing each player's performance in a down season that saw the team miss the playoffs by one point.

We will be offering two reviews per week that will take us right through to the beginning of training camp in September. Of course, there are a couple of things to sort out prior, such as free agency and potential trades that could alter the look of this franchise going forward.

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 (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan filed for arbitration on Wednesday, the NHLPA announced. 

Newsday's Arthur Staple reports the Islanders and de Haan are having discussions about a new deal. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Islanders have extended one-year qualifying offers to restricted free agents Calvin de HaanAdam PelechChristopher Gibson, and Connor Jones, the team announced Monday.

By extending qualifying offers to the above players, the Islanders retain negotiating rights.

De Haan, 26, had five goals and 20 assists in 82 games last season while earning $2.5 million.

Pelech, 22, had three goals and seven assists in 44 games last season while earning $832,500 during what was his second season in the league.

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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

With the Stanley Cup Final in the rear view mirror, all of the soon-to-be 31 NHL teams are prepping for an Expansion and Entry Draft frenzy, and Darren Dreger thinks the Islanders are a team to watch.

Dreger said on Tuesday on Montreal's TSN 690 that the Islanders are one of the most intriguing clubs leading up to the two drafts, and GM Garth Snow does have a preference on what defense man he'd like to hold onto. 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

This probably doesn't come as much of a surprise. De Haan had a splendid year last year, and Hamonic had a down one, so it's better to sell high on Calvin than low on Travis. Plus, Hamonic is an alternate captain and one of the most vocal leaders in the dressing room. I'm sure the Isles would love to hang onto both if they could. I just don't see how they will...

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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

Reports have indicated that the Islanders are in the market for a top-six forward, and blue line mainstay Travis Hamonic could be a player New York deals to make it happen. Will the Isles trade a core piece away to improve up front? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

There have been some murmurs that the Islanders are getting ready to deal a defensemen to procure a top-six forward, and one name that has popped up is Travis Hamonic. Should the Isles trade Hamonic, under team control for another three seasons, to make that forward upgrade?

Tags: Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster)

John Tavares is now more willing to wait on an extension with the Islanders, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

Tavares and his agent, Pat Brisson, feel more comfortable with the general direction of the Islanders, from their new home to what their plans are to build the team into a contender.

Dreger went on to add that a large factor on Tavares' future with the Islanders depends on what pieces GM Garth Snow is able to add in the near future. With New York unable to protect all four of their young defenders from the expansion draft, Dreger believes either Calvin de Haan or Travis Hamonic will be traded. If the Islanders can acquire a top-six forward for one of those players, that could go a long way in helping convince Tavares to sign a long-term extension.

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New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

The Detroit Red Wings could have interest in trading for D Calvin de Haanaccording to Elliotte Friedman of SportsNet.

Friedman went on to say the Islanders are worried about losing de Haan in next month's expansion draft to the Vegas Golden Knights.

New York might choose to trade de Haan, who has played well during the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, rather than lose him in the expansion draft and get nothing in return.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Josh Bailey (illness) missed practice on Tuesday, with interim head coach Doug Weight saying Bailey should be fine for Wednesday night's game against the Rangers.

Weight added that the lines would remain the same.

Bailey, 27, has 12 goals and 37 assists in 71 games this season, but has failed to notch a goal or assist over his last five games.

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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jean-Francois Berube and Thomas Greiss both allowed four goals as the New York Islanders lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-4, on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:11 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Andrew Ladd, Thomas Hickey
  • 14:14 CAR Jaccob Slavin; Assists: Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask
  • 14:40 CAR Joakim Nordstrom; Assists: Lee Stempniak, Slavin
  • 17:32 NYI Stephen Gionta; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Nikolay Kulemin 

Second period:

  • 2:43 NYI Calvin de Haan; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang, Hickey
  • 6:51 CAR Justin Faulk; Assists: Jordan Staal, Noah Hanifin
  • 8:02 CAR Jeff Skinner; Assists: Elias Lindholm, Matt Tennyson
  • 8:58 CAR Faulk; Assists: Noah Hanifin, Patrick Brown
  • 11:45 CAR Slavin (short handed)
  • 13:50 NYI Ho-Sang; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier

Third period:

  • 3:43 CAR Skinner (Penalty Shot)
  • 10:57 CAR Slavin; Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Staal
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Carolina Hurricanes, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his goal during overtime with defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) celebrates against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his goal during overtime with defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) celebrates against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

Calvin de Haan made Andrew Ladd's homecoming special.

A minute-and-a-half into overtime, de Haan took a cross ice feed in the neutral zone from Ryan Strome, skated into the Vancouver zone, and used a stutter step move to get separation from Sven Baertschi. He cut into the circle and sent a perfect pass through two Canuck defenders to find Ladd's stick set up perfectly along the ice in the crease for the game-winning goal.

For Ladd, a British Columbia native, is was his 19th goal of the season and his 11th in the past 20 games.

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Mar 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) and center Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrate a goal by Ladd against Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Mar 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) and center Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrate a goal by Ladd against Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists and the Islanders scored three times in the third period to rally for a 5-4 win over the Stars on Thursday night at American Airlines Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:29 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Jason Chimera
  • 19:52 DAL Jamie Benn (power play); Assists: Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza

Second period:

  • 7:33 DAL Radek Paksa; Assists: Patrick Sharp, Greg Pateryn
  • 10:14 DAL Jason Spezza; Assists: John Klingberg, Tyler Seguin
  • 14:49 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Ryan StromeJosh Bailey

Third period:

  • :25 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Anders LeeJohn Tavares
  • 7:46 NYI Dennis Seidenberg; Assists: Calvin de HaanRyan Strome
  • 9:30 NYI Nikolay Kulemin; Assists: Nick Leddy
  • 17:09 DAL Jamie Benn (short handed); Assists: 
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal with right wing Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal with right wing Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The roadie from hell has officially begun. Nine straight games away from Brooklyn for the New York Islanders, who entered play last night tied for fewest road wins in the entire National Hockey League at seven.

After a first period that saw them take the lead on a beauty from Josh Bailey, still their most consistent offensive player all season, they fell asleep at the wheel with the clock running down and surrendered an awful goal to Henrik Zetterberg with 0.1 seconds remaining to tie the game.

Instead of getting down, they picked themselves up, went out and executed simplicity on the road, exactly what is needed to pick up two crucial points at this juncture of the regular season, when the grind of an 82-game schedule really starts to wear down the body, no matter how conditioned or prepared you think you might be.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Philadelphia Flyers with during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Philadelphia Flyers with during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

After allowing five goals in three consecutive games against the Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs, you would not have been alone in not liking the Islanders chances too much heading into their own 'house of horrors' against a team they do not seem to match up well against, the Philadelphia Flyers.

In dropping the first two games of the season series and allowing over 80 shot attempts both times, New York fell to 33-77-11-6 lifetime in Philadelphia with one regulation win over their last 24 games in the city of brotherly love. But this is a team riding high in the confidence department lately with a remarkable turnaround from the first half of the season, and they put a halt on all the bad mojo in capturing a huge 3-1 victory.

Although they did allow another 80 shot attempts, 36 came in the opening twenty minutes of Flyers domination, where the Islanders were fortunate to come out of tied at one thanks to a power play goal by Anders Lee, as he deflected John Tavares' bullet snapper from the right wing faceoff circle to collect his 19th goal, pushing him to within one of his second 20-goal season and just six off his career high, set in 2014-15 over 76 games.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Maybe Josh Bailey is the elite winger the Islanders have been searching for.

Bailey, 27, set up the game-tying goal with just under a minute-and-a-half in regulation with a beautiful slap-pass toward the front of the net that Andrew Ladd was able to deflect home. Then, in overtime, Bailey took a pass from Calvin de Haan and chipped it past James van Riemsdyk's stick, springing Brock Nelson for his game-winner, allowing the Isles to pick up huge second point on the evening.

Bailey also contributed a goal, his 11th of the season, with six-and-a-half minutes left in regulation to tie the game at four. It was Bailey's fifth goal in the last six games.

With the three-point game, Bailey improved to 6-8-14 over his last 12 games

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson plays the puck while being defended by Florida Panthers center Jinathan Marchessault during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson plays the puck while being defended by Florida Panthers center Jinathan Marchessault during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders beat to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, in overtime Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:23 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk
  • 13:27 TOR Nikita Soshnikov; Assists: Nikita Zaitsev, Morgan Rielly
  • 14:51 TOR Auston Matthews; Assist: Morgan Rielly
  • 18:13 NYI Nikolay Kulemin; Assists: Casey Cizikas, Shane Prince

Second period:

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Toronto Maple Leafs
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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

The Colorado Avalanche are shopping their top offensive stars, but they have a steep asking price. Should the Islanders engage? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss… 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

The Avalanche are seeking a "top-level" defenseman, a first round pick, and more in a deal for Gabriel Landeskog, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Andy, have you heard if the Isles have had any talks with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on Landsekog?

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

What will the Islanders trade deadline strategy be? It's anyone's guess, but ESPN's Craig Custance suggests GM Garth Snow should entertain being an aggressive buyer.

In his Eastern Conference trade season preview, Custance says that, while he would normally advise teams as out of it as the Islanders are to sell off some useful parts (Thomas Hickey and Calvin de Haan are two pieces he mentions by name), he thinks the John Tavares situation complicates matters.

"If the Islanders start selling off parts and continue the slide backwards, it gives Tavares little reason to commit long-term, even for someone who has been as loyal as Tavares has been to the team that drafted him," he writes. "Keeping Tavares has to be the priority, and Snow has to give him a reason to stay. Instead of selling, the better strategy would be to aggressively pursue another cornerstone to add to Tavares long term."

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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Brian Erni, SNY.tv

There's a crunch coming to the Islanders defensemen. That's because the upcoming NHL expansion draft, set to take place this June, is undoubtedly going to mix some things up on New York's blue line, and it should create some urgency for Garth Snow in the next few months.

The rules of the draft allow teams to protect either seven forwards and three defensemen, or eight skaters overall. Players with no-move clauses must be protected, so Johnny Boychuk isn't going anywhere. The Isles will also undoubtedly protect Nick Leddy and Travis Hamonic. And if they choose to protect Ryan Pulock, which they will have to do based on his eligibility if they don't want him exposed, that will leave them room for four more skaters (three once you factor in John Tavares).

It all adds up to the reality that Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey will both be left unprotected, which forces Garth Snow to make a decision. Either trade one (or both) before this year's trade deadline and not risk losing one of them for nothing, or roll the dice and watch his old assistant snatch one up for the Knights' inaugural roster.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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Islanders captain John Tavares and head coach Jack Capuano discuss how the team is looking to get by their recent struggles.

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv 

There are many questions concerning the New York Islanders these days, from network and local media, ownership, management, players and most loudly, fans. And almost all those questions are justified. But there is only one small problem - nobody seems to have any answers.

Yesterday, general manager Garth Snow held a meeting with season ticket holders at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. After making some canned remarks about having belief in the players and them still possessing plenty of fight, Chris Botta on Twitter remarked, "No real talk. No anger. No "I screwed up and have to fix this." No leadership. Just self-serving spin."

Snow has never been known to make any of his thoughts public through any discussion outside of his inner circle, whether that be media or the hard working season ticket holders that keep this franchise from crumbling at his feet. As real Snow as you're ever going to get would have been about a month back when he addressed reporters at Northwell Health Ice Center and proceeded to make a joke out of wasting two years of J.F Berube's career.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

Even with a sloppy, 6-2 loss in Columbus on Saturday evening, the New York Islanders have still made quite a recovery from the first two months of the 2016-17 season. Heading into the end of November with a record of 6-10-4, the team recovered and has since won five of seven, picking up points in six of those games to climb back to a reasonable mark of 11-11-5 as we near the middle of December.

It might be not enough, however, to lift them back into the playoffs for the third time in four years, when all is said and done.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) celebrates his game winning goal against the Calgary Flames with New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during the overtime period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) celebrates his game winning goal against the Calgary Flames with New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during the overtime period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

To say Thomas Hickey has a knack for the dramatic could be the understatement of the 27-year-old Calgary native's New York Islanders career. Once again, New York was up against the odds, down a defenseman due to a late second period injury to Adam Pelech and forced to play the remainder of the game rotating the five still standing.

Having tied the most minutes he has played over the past six games, 19:48, the diminutive yet tough and rugged Hickey found himself as the lone defenseman in the three on three extra session, on the ice with captain John Tavares and Shane Prince.

However, defense was hardly on his mind as he set up shop to the right of Calgary goaltender Brian Elliott and deflected Tavares' floater from the high slot between the netminder's arm and watched it roll into the cage, giving his team a much needed, if slightly unearned, two points.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Shane Prince, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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New York Islanders right wing Ryan Strome (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders right wing Ryan Strome (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke)

Entering play on Thursday, the Islanders are 6-9-4, with just 16 points. That puts them dead last in the Eastern Conference and ahead of only Arizona in terms of futility in the NHL. With New York seven points out of a playoff spot and seven teams to leap if they're going to qualify for their third consecutive trip to the postseason, the situation looks bleak.

Still, the Islanders are confident they can get their season turned around. So what has to happen for the Isles to resurrect their 2016-17 campaign?

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

The Islanders have expressed interest in trading for Sabres LW Evander Kane, though nothing seems imminent. 

"The New York Islanders came in and starting kicking tires on Evander Kane, but nothing came of that," Bob McKenzie of TSN reported. "Nothing is imminent at this moment, but the Buffalo Sabres will consider it for the right defenseman."

Kane, 25, has zero goals and two assists in eight games this season.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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Andrew Ladd celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the second period. (AP)
Andrew Ladd celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the second period. (AP)

Entering play on Tuesday, the Islanders are 5-8-4, with just 14 points. That putts them dead last in the Eastern Conference and tied for last in the NHL.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

For a day, all focus shifted to a problem that too many people choose to not think about. The incredible rash of stray animals that are too often left behind in search of a warm, comfortable and loving home to lay their head.

There is a reason dogs are used within our military, trained to help someone who was the victim of an unfortunate accident do daily tasks we take for granted and offer grief counseling to those going through a difficult time in their lives. They always seem to make things better. They possess a 'sixth sense' that draws them even closer to those who really need their positive attitude and selfless dedication to please. And make no mistake, our feline friends can be just as comforting, albeit in a more independent way.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders could potentially trade goaltender Jaroslav Halak and defenseman Calvin de Haan, reports Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun

Although Garrioch does not list any possible suitors for the two Islanders, he does say, especially with the New York's slow start, head coach Jack Capuano could be fired before season's end. 

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Jaroslav Halak
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New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

There will be no hearing or discipline for Calvin de Haan's hit on Jonathan Drouin during the first period of Tuesday night's game between the Islanders and the Lightning, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

While there was some head contact on the hit, it has been ruled that the contact to the head was "unavoidable."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Thomas Greiss was pulled as the Islanders lost to the Lightning, 6-1, on Tuesday night.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, John Tavares
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

John Tavares scored two goals and the New York Islanders scored three goals in a span of 3:08 in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at Barclays Center.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Minnesota Wild, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The final week of New York Islanders training camp promises to be busy. Players on the bubble hoping to make the 23-man roster, which has to be announced by Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. ET, will have plenty of opportunities to put forth their best case to management and the coaching staff.

New additions Andrew Ladd, P.A Parenteau and Jason Chimera have been assimilated into the squad, while captain John Tavares, goaltender Jaroslav Halak and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg are expected to join their teammates as early as tomorrow.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brian Strait, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

School is out and it's time for final grades here at Islanders Point Blank. Over the course of the next month, Brian Erni and I will be taking a look at each of the players and analyzing their 2015-16 performance, from the drop of the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks in October to that 4-0 loss in Tampa that sent New York home amidst roster uncertainty. Contract details via nhlnumbers.com and stats courtesy of hockeyreference.com.

44 - Calvin de Haan

Defense

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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Thomas Hickey scored 12:31 into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday in Game 3 of their first-round series, giving New York a win in its first playoff game in Brooklyn.

Ryan Pulock, Shane Prince and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 36 saves. John Tavares and Kyle Okposo each had two assists.

Hickey scored on a one-timer off a pass from Brock Nelson from behind the net to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Florida Panthers, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Islanders are only a few weeks away from filling out a playoff lineup for Game 1 of a first round matchup, but questions remain as to just what mix of guys gives the team its best chance to win a series for the first time in 23 years.

Chief among these is on defense. Provided they get through the next seven games unscathed, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Calvin de Haan, and Thomas Hickey are locks. That leaves Brian Strait and Ryan Pulock duking it out to grab the sixth d-man assignment while Marek Zidlicky works his way back from injury.

"[Pulock] knows that when he first got here, when I talked to him, you're going to play some games and you're going to be in and out," head coach Jack Capuano told the New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis, who tackled this very issue. "It's a great experience for him, just being able to practice with our guys, working on his feet. He's still a young kid. That's what it's about, too. I just like the fact that he's getting better every day. That's a big thing for me."

Tags: Brian Strait, Calvin De Haan, Johnny Boychuk, Marek Zidlicky, Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have certainly been encouraged by their recent results, which include a number of lopsided wins.

The New York Islanders are probably feeling even better as they continue their upward surge in the Atlantic Division.

With both coming off big victories, the Penguins visit the Islanders in a crucial division matchup Tuesday night.

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New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan sends a pass during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan sends a pass during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders' Calvin de Haan and Mikhail Grabovski are both likely to miss Sunday's game against the Rangers, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

De Haan was activated off injured reserve earlier this week after suffering a lower-body injury in mid-February.

Grabovski, who was placed on IR retroactive to Feb. 19, skated on the ice on Saturday, but is still "some time away" from returning, coach Jack Capuano told Staple.

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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty/USA Today Sports Images)

It's the stretch that will define the season. Six straight on the road, and eight of their next nine. It kicks off on Tuesday in Minnesota, then includes stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Madison Square Garden. Quite simply, if the Isles survive it, either by just even-pegging with the teams on their tail or making some hay and picking up points, then we'll be in for our first installment of playoff hockey in Brooklyn.

We know it, and they know it.

"It's make-or-break time for the season, pretty much,'' Kyle Okposo told reporters before New York embarked for Minnesota. "We could separate ourselves and give ourselves some room in the race or we could fall back and let other teams into it. That's what our challenge is right now. We've got five games on the long trip and then come home and play [at] the Rangers. So it's a huge five games for us.''

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New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) battles with New Jersey Devils center Brian O'Neill (18) for the puck during the second period in the NHL game at Prudential Center. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) battles with New Jersey Devils center Brian O'Neill (18) for the puck during the second period in the NHL game at Prudential Center. (Vincent Carchietta)

The hectic, no-rest-for-the-weary part of the schedule is now upon the New York Islanders as they fight for every last bit of standings points in the NHL's crowded playoff picture.

New York currently sits four points back of the second-place New York Rangers with a game in hand in guaranteed playoff positioning. But they are just one point ahead of the New Jersey Devils (with two games in hand) and two points up on the Pittsburgh Penguins (even in games). It's that thin of a line from being given a playoff spot outside the wildcard to being on the outside looking in.

Looking further at the overall conference picture, Washington and Florida are Nos. 1 and 2 in the standings due to leading their respective divisions. The Capitals, who come to Brooklyn Thursday, are pretty much locked in while Florida has stumbled lately, giving hope to Detroit and Boston that there might be some ground there that they can make up. The third spot in the conference (Rangers) is only separated from the 10th spot (Carolina) by 10 points. The Western conference divide for the same positioning is 15 points.

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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (center) celebrates with his team after he scored a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. (Kelvin Kuo)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (center) celebrates with his team after he scored a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. (Kelvin Kuo)

With the Islanders off through the All-Star break, the Islanders Point Blank team took a look back at the first-half of the season. First up, MVP, Comeback Player and Best Defender.

MVP

Brian Erni:

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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

John Tavares' power play goal and Kyle Okposo's shoot out tally may have been the difference on the scoring sheet, but the Islanders' defense was the star of the show on Wednesday night.

 

Nick Leddy and Travis Hamonic led the way with 26 minutes a piece, while Johnny Boychuk assisted on the Tavares' 5-on-3 power play goal. Islanders defensemen registered 13 of the team's 37 shots on net.

 

After the game, Jack Capuano sung the defense's praises, specifically Thomas Hickey, who played his third game since his return from a lower body injury, all of which have resulted in Islanders wins.

 

"He's been great," Capuano said. "He takes hits to make plays. To me, that's toughness. He does a lot of good things that really go under the radar." 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV

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The defense is a mile better with Hickey in the lineup. Now that he's healthy, it's easy to appreciate just how steady Hickey makes that third pairing, and how it improves the Islanders defense core from top to bottom. On Wednesday, all three pairings did an incredibly job getting the puck to the net. They played lose with a cautious aggressiveness, staying mindful of the Rangers' speed, but still making sure they kept attacking the offensive zone. Leddy was back to his old self, executing a few beautiful carry-ins. I thought Calvin De Haan was a force all night, and Hamonic may have played his best game of the season, asserting himself physically and still being able to force Henrik Lundqvist to turn away five shots.

 

To me, this is the key to the Islanders' season. The offense is there. There are plenty of guys who are going to find the back of the net. But if the defense can play to the level it did last season, there's just no telling how far this club can go. On Wednesday, the defensive corps announced to the world that they can play with anyone in this division, conference, even the entire league. Let's see if they can sustain this level of play.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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WASHINGTON ? Before Game 1 between the Islanders and Washington Capitals, questions loomed about how the Islanders would be able to contain the Caps high-power offense without Travis Hamonic.

During Thursday?s practice in Annapolis, Maryland ? a day after the Isles defeated Washington 4-1 ? those questions were more about?how the Islanders had played such a strong defensive game the day before. The visiting Islanders held the Capitals to 25 shots and kept Alexander Ovechkin off the scoreboard.

?It?s how you defend,? Islanders? Coach Jack Capuano said. ?And what ice you give them. I thought we did a good job keeping them to the outside and that?s how you have to play. They?re going to get zone time, but I thought we did a good job defending.?

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Calvin de Haan will return to the Islanders lineup tonight.

The Islanders' defenseman will take the place of Travis Hamonic, who left Friday's game with an undisclosed injury. de Haan has been a healthy scratch for the Islanders in their last six games, a decision that has left some people puzzled. He will skate on the right side of Brian Strait.

Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin will remain out of the lineup as well. They are both suffering from undisclosed injuries, but both players did skate this morning at Nassau Coliseum.

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After being a healthy scratch on Saturday in New Jersey, Calvin de Haan is back in the lineup tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

Islanders' Head Coach Jack Capuano announced the change following the team's morning skate at Nassau Coliseum. de Haan has played in 62 of the 73 games the Islanders have played this season. His benching on Saturday caused a bit of debate as to why Capuano was sitting the young defenseman.

The week prior, Capuano sat Ryan Strome sat against the Montreal Canadians. He then proceeded to score a goal and an assist in New Jersey to help snap a five game skid. Capuano's logic in sitting de Haan the game prior was probably the same for sitting Strome.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders got one of their two injured defenseman back on Thursday, and are close to getting the other one back soon as well.

Calvin de Haan made his season debut against the San Jose Sharks after missing the first three games of the season with an upper body injury. Now, it appears that Lubomir Visnovsky could be close to returning as well. The Islander defenseman has been dealing with back spasms and the team put him on injured reserve on October 7.

Visnovsky skated Thursday during the morning skate.

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The Isles' 23-year-old defenseman Calvin de Haan will play an intricate role on the Islanders defense this season. He appeared in 51 games last season for the Isles and recorded 16 points (three goals, 13 assists). de Haan will likely make the roster out of training camp. Islanders Point Blank chatted with the young defenseman about the upcoming season.


IPB: What were you working on this summer?

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The Islanders have announced that Bridgeport defender Aaron Ness has been recalled for tonight's game against Carolina. Ness has four points and is a -6 through nine games with the Sound Tigers this season.Originally a second round pick of the Islanders in 2008, Ness was one of three second rounders the Isles had that year along with Corey Trivino and Travis Hamonic (boy, does that show how unpredictable the draft can be). Ness has spent the last three-plus seasons playing in Bridgeport, totaling 62 points in 167 games with the team. He was also called up to the Island during the 2011-12 season for a nine-game stint where he did not register a point.It's a little surprising that Ness has apparently jumped the depth chart over Calvin de Haan, the highly touted and oft-injured first round pick from the 2009 draft. De Haan has been running the point on the Sound Tigers powerplay -- Ness has been on and off the first unit -- and neither played has seriously stood out, to my eye at least. At this point, Ness is probably a bit better in his own zone while De Haan is better on the offensive side of the puck and has made a few defensive miscues (a blue line turnover that led to a goal in Hartford last week comes to mind). Maybe it's simply a matter of who has a better chance of helping a blue line not struggling to score, but to defend.There hasn't been an announcement yet, but I would guess that Ness will play tonight for the Islanders.
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Training camp rolls on and the competition for NHL roster spots continues, for many of the Islanders prospects they are still a few years away from either making the big club or from the team having to decide whether or not to cut ties with them. For a trio of Islander defenders -- Matt Donovan, Calvin de Haan and Aaron Ness -- this year could be their last shot at making the NHL with the Islanders. For all three players, their entry level contracts will expire at the end of the season. That puts them into a tricky territory of being restricted free agents who don't have arbitration rights. For many players in that situation with the Islanders the last few years, they've had to seek work in Europe because the Islanders retained the player's rights with a qualifying offer at the end of the season, but the player walked away from that offer and the team didn't come back with a better one.Last year, David Ullstrom fell into this category. Ullstrom was a marginal NHL winger for the Islanders, and the team tendered him a qualifying offer at the end of the year. Player and team couldn't come to an agreement, so after three years in the Isles organization, he's headed to Russia. Justin DiBenedetto, Mikko Koskinen and Rhett Rakhshani are other players who fell into this category in recent years. The Islanders retain all of their rights until they become UFA at 27 years of age?(that's why you still hear their names from time-to-time), so they either have to accept the QO and play in Bridgeport or head overseas.Would Donovan fall into this category? It's unlikely. The Islanders would likely be interested in keeping the talented defender in Bridgeport if he doesn't make the team and give him a decent offer and the player, who is still pretty young, would probably stick with the program. He was an AHL All-Star last year and had the inside track for making the team since the summer and was paired with Andrew MacDonald last night. He's certainly a defender the Islanders value.But, with players such as Scott Mayfield, Andrey Pedan, Ville Pokka, Adam Pelech, Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Pulock all either in Bridgeport or going to be there in the next year or so, the Islanders are going to have the luxury of picking and choosing exactly which defenders they want to build their NHL roster with. It's a great problem for the team and a tough one for the players.Would that excess of defenders mean parting ways with a first round pick who has run into a plethora of injury trouble such as de Haan? It's not out of the question. If after three years, multiple shoulder injuries and -- we'll assume for the sake of argument -- not making the team, it could finally be time to cut ties with the tough-luck defender as so many top prospects are waiting in the wings. After trading up to select him back in 2009, it would be the second failed first round pick of Garth Snow's tenure, behind arguable Nino Niederreiter. Sometimes it's not the players talent that causes things to not work out, it's just the circumstances and that could certainly be true in the case of de Haan.For a player like Ness, who is already on the back burner when it comes to discussion about who is going to fill out the NHL roster this year his fate may already be sealed. He's already behind Donovan and Thomas Hickey for "small, pucking moving defender" and the tons of prospects behind him will only make things worse.The Islanders have some decisions to make about which defenders they want to keep on the NHL roster for opening night, and there are some other important decisions to make about those defenders down the road. For this trio, it could be their last NHL training camp as Islanders prospects. For Donovan, that may mean he'll be back at Islanders camp next year as a bona-fide NHLer. For de Haan and Ness, the future isn't quite so clear.
Tags: aaron ness, calvin de haan, Islanders, matt donovan, Kevin Schultz