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Barclays Center files trademark for ‘Brooklyn Hockey’ logo

Barclays Center has filed a set of trademarks for three versions of a “Brooklyn Hockey” logo.

The logos are part of a collection of marks Barclays Center has applied for. NetsDaily notes that some of these logos (including the college hoops and boxing logos) are used inside the arena.

SNY’s Brian Erni asked owner Chris Creamer if it’s possible a version of the Brooklyn Hockey logo could be used as the rumored jersey patch the Islanders will be incorporating onto their existing home and road uniforms next season. Even though Creamer has not yet seen the new patch, he said he doesn’t believe this logo will appear on the uniforms in 2015-16.

“I’d consider that extremely unlikely,” Creamer told Erni on Thursday morning. “If the Isles were to wear a patch next year (which they probably would), it would be owned either by the NHL or by the Isles ownership group.”

UPDATE: Deadspin has picked up this story and has a quote from Barry Baum, Chief Communications Officer at Barclays Center:

“We have a platform at Barclays Center for each of our non-core tenant businesses, including BROOKLYN HOOPS for college basketball, BROOKLYN BOXING for boxing, BROOKLYN SHOW for concerts, and BROOKLYN FAMILY for family entertainment. BROOKLYN HOCKEY is our latest platform, which includes NCAA college hockey that will be staged at the venue. This is not an Islanders logo and has no connection to the Islanders. As promised, we are keeping the current Islanders logo and color scheme, while adding a black and white third jersey.”

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Take a deep breath, Islanders fans. Creamer makes a good point: anything that would be used on a uniform would most likely be owned by NHL Properties and/or the Islanders, so it makes sense this is just promotional. I know most, if not all, of you do not want the uniforms changed, and we’ve been assured that’s the case (with the probably exception of a new third jersey). So when the team moves to Brooklyn, we’ll still be named and look like the New York Islanders. That said, I wouldn’t be shocked to see some version of this on the boards at Barclays Center.

It’s worth noting that, even though the Brooklyn brass is in love with their brand, the Islanders are a much stronger entity than the Nets, both in terms of on the ice/court performance and fan support. It’d be a hard sell for Brett Yormark and company to push too much in “Brooklyn” on the Islanders, considering the Isles are in much better shape the the Nets.


With Leddy locked up, all eyes on Johnny Boychuk

Nick Leddy‘s seven year contract extension made waves around the NHL, as one of the league’s youngest premiere defensemen committed to the Islanders into the next decade.

Now, it’s Johnny Boychuk‘s turn.

Boychuk, who scored his seventh goal of the season in Tuesday night’s win over Arizona, will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. The 31-year-old has been in negotiations with general manager Garth Snow this season, but there has been no clear indication on how much progress they’ve made. Elliotte Friedman’s latest edition of 30 Thoughts for does indicate that the Islanders may have made at least one very competitive offer to Boychuk.

“The team and agent are tight-lipped on the Johnny Boychuk front, but it’s believed the Islanders have made at least one offer that would make him the highest-paid player on the roster. Don’t go too crazy, John Tavares was at the top — $5.5M — which is now Leddy’s average, too.”

Over the weekend, Larry Brooks said it would likely take at least an AAV of $6 million to retain Boychuk.

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Christian has some great quotes from Leddy on working to get Boychuk to sign, so make sure to check that out here. In the meantime, let’s look at the economics of this…

An AAV of between $5.5 and $6 million seems very fair to me based on what Boychuk brings to the table both on and off the ice. Plus, the Islanders have the room for it. To put that into perspective, here’s a good break down of where the Islanders will stand heading into the offseason cap-wise. Leddy’s $5.5 AAV is extremely reasonable, and it’s an escalating deal that will actually pay him $4 million next season, $4.5 million in 2016-17, and $5 million in 2017-18 before he starts getting up to $5.5 million and above. That gives the Isles more flexibility to give nice RFA deals to Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Thomas Hickey, while still being in great position to retain Boychuk.

Keep in mind, the Islanders are paying Lubomir Visnovsky $6 million this year. So, in theory, if New York decided to let Lubo walk as a UFA and fill his spot from an internal option like Matt Donovan, Griffin Reinhart or Ryan Pulock, that could free up even more space. Between that and the indication that Boychuk has seemed to enjoy his time here and believes in the direction the Islanders are going, I wouldn’t be shocked if a deal is eventually struck.

Leddy all smiles after Isles win and contract extension signed

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Nick Leddy was all smiles after the Islanders 5-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Surely part of it had to do with the team’s win, but there there was definitely a part of it that had to do with the seven-year contract extension he signed earlier in the day.
NHL: Arizona Coyotes at New York Islanders

Leddy inked a deal worth $38.5 million, which was announced around noon on Tuesday. The 23-year-old wasn’t doing the shmoney dance in the locker room, nor did he shout “show me the money,” but he was happy to have his future secured.

“It’s nice to have it done,” he explained. “But the focus is still on the end goal, which is on the Stanley Cup.”

The former Blackhawk defenseman knows a thing or two about winning a Cup. He has already done so with the Blackhawks, and he has been a major piece of the Isles defensive core. Leddy, along with Johnny Boychuk, have brought stability to the backend that the Islanders haven’t had in a while.

Leddy tried to keep thoughts of a new contract out of his mind, but admitted it had crept in a few times during the season.

“You try not to think about it too much,” he said. You want focus on winning games and the rest will take care of itself.” To read more of this story, click here

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The Kid Line reunites

Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome were together again on Tuesday and the Islanders immediately reaped the rewards.

After four consecutive scoreless periods, Jack Capuano mixed it up and it resulted in the Kid Line reuniting and scoring just 37 seconds into the second.

Brock Nelson carried the puck in and left it to Travis Hamonic, who darted down the near boards and sent a perfect centering pass to Anders Lee, who was all alone in front and deposited a back hand over Arizona goalie Mike Smith.

“You just go out and play your position,” said Nelson told reporters after the game. “We had a couple of those different lines that produced and that’s good to see.”

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I think everyone has been waiting for this line to get back together, including Butchie, who was so happy it happened, he nearly shouted over Howie to exclaim, “The Kid Line is back!” Never change, Butch. Never change.

I really like this line together for the long haul. They have a natural chemistry that’s obvious, and their skill sets compliment each other well. Nelson and Lee can both crash the net and Strome can act as the playmaker. It just works for me. But by sticking with this set up, it also opens up the right wing spot on the top line for when Kyle Okposo returns. I like Bailey on the top line for his back checking ability and his defensive coverage, and him Okposo and Tavares worked very well together before Kyle went down. I think these combinations, with Frans Nielsen centering some combination of Grabner, Kulemin and Grabovski (when healthy) gives the Isles just the right mix.

Mouillierat scores first NHL goal in Isles 5-1 win over Coyotes

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Tuesday’s win over the Arizona Coyotes will be one Kael Mouillierat won’t soon forget. NHL: Arizona Coyotes at New York Islanders

The Islanders were ahead 3-1 midway through the third period when Colin McDonald fed Mouillierat in the slot. The rookie then proceeded to fire a shot past Mike Smith and into the net for his first National Hockey League goal. He also gave the Islanders the 4-1 lead.

“It’s obviously a pretty unbelievable feeling,” Mouillierat said about his first goal. “You play so long and especially at my age to get your first crack at the NHL. There’s times in the minors when you think it’s never going to happen and then when it does it’s pretty incredible. It’s obviously a great feeling.”

Mouillierat’s goal was one of four that the Islanders scored in the third period that helped lead them to a 5-1 victory over the struggling Coyotes. Matt Martin’s eight goal of the season 3:18 into the third period gave the Islanders a 2-1  advantage.

A Johnny Boychuk shot 57 seconds later beat Mike Smith and gave the Isles a two goal advantage. Mouillierat’s goal and Brock Nelson’s goal at 9:10 all but sealed the win.

“We just kept doing the right things, we kept doing the same things and eventually we got some opportunities,” Johnny Boychuk said about the explosive third period. “We capitalized on them. You have to work for everything and we worked tonight, and we got rewarded.”

The Islanders and Yotes had been tied through two periods. The Islanders scored in the second period. but Arizona answered back when Mark Arcobello beat Chad Johnson stick side to tie the game. Johnson finished the game with 27 saves and the Isles outshot the visitors 39-28.

Mouillierat will send the puck he scored his first NHL goal with back home to his parents, who just missed seeing their son score Tuesday night.

“My parents were actually out for the firset two games then they had to catch a flight home today,” Mouillierat explained. “So they missed tonight’s game. Came a game late, but I’ll send it back home.”

Game Recap: Islanders 5 — Coyotes 1

Recap: The Islanders scored four goals in the first 9:10 of the third period to end a two-game losing streak and win for the 40th time this season.

Need to Know: Matt Martin, Johnny Boychuk, Kael Mouillierat and Brock Nelson scored in a 5:52 span of the third period. Martin’s goal started the barrage at 3:18.

Mouillerat got his first NHL goal.

Islanders goalie Chad Johnson (27 saves) had his third strong start in a row to improve to 8-7-1 and lower his goals-against average to 2.73.

Anders Lee scored the game’s first goal 37 seconds into the second period. Arizona tied it with 4:07 left in the period, when a John Tavares turnover led to an Arizona 3-on-2 and a goal by Mark Arcobello.

Tavares, who assisted Boychuck’s goal, has three goals and four assists in seven career games against the Coyotes. Tavares has at least one point in 41 games this season — second in the league behind the Flyers’ Jakub Voracek (42).

The Islanders league-worst penalty-killing unit killed off four Arizona penalties after allowing two Vancouver power-play goals Sunday. Arizona has the league’s fifth-best power play, but has scored just twice in the last 23 chances.

Arizona lost its seventh in a row for the first time since 1994, when the team was based in Winnipeg.

Links: Box Score

What’s Next: The Islanders host Calgary Friday at 7 p.m. and end the game five-game home stand against Calgary Saturday at 5 p.m.

Tonight’s Game: Coyotes vs Islanders, 7 p.m.

The Islanders will look to get back into the win column tonight when they host the Arizona Coyotes at 7 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum. MSG will carry the game on television, while WRHU 88.7 FM and LI News Radio 103.9 FM will have the radio broadcast.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

After dropping a tough game to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, the Islanders will try to right the ship tonight against the Arizona Coyotes.

The Islanders (39-20-2) did not play a bad game on Sunday and Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said that he was happy with the effort. Capuano said he would even take another performance like the one the Isles had on Sunday.

“We dominated the game,” he explained. We played extremely well. We just had a couple power play goals that had eyes… Overall we just have to maintain in how we do things.”

Arizona (20-33-7) enters tonight’s game on a six-game losing streak, which includes losses to the New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lighting and New York Rangers. The shutout loss in New Jersey is the most recent one, occurring last night at Prudential Center.

The Coyotes fell to the Islanders earlier in the season. On November 8, the Islanders defeated the Yotes 1-0 off a third period goal by Frans Nielsen. The Isles are 2-2-1 in their last five games against Arizona dating back to the 2010-11 season.

The visitors from Arizona sit second to last in both the Pacific Division and the Western Conference. However, the Coyotes boast the fifth best power play (21.6 %) in the National Hockey League.

Special teams has been a struggle for the Isles this season — they went 0-for-4 and allowed two power play goals against in their previous game.

The Islanders utilized Monday for off-ice meetings and to allow the players to recuperate after a tough five games in seven days stretch.

“We had a nice day off yesterday,” Matt Martin said. “It’s good to get some rest and hopefully capitalize on a team that played last night.”

Mike Smith will start in net for Arizona, while Chad Johnson will get the nod for the Islanders.

The Islanders announced earlier in the day that they had re-signed defenseman Nick Leddy to a seven-year deal.