With Opening Night just 59 days away, all is quiet on the Brock Nelson front.
Newsday’s Art Staple says that there is no news on contract talks between the restricted free agent and Islanders. (Aug 11)
Nelson, 23, scored 20 goals and tallied 22 assists in 82 games with the Isles last season.
Obviously, there’s still time for the team and Brock to get something done, but I would certainly be more encouraged had Staple given any indication the two sides had made progress. No news seems to imply the two sides still have significant room between them. That doesn’t mean something won’t get done in the next month or so, it just seems more and more likely that it could be a short-term bridge deal.
Restricted free agent goaltender Kevin Poulin agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Islanders, Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports (Aug. 11).
According to Staple, Poulin will make $600,000 at the NHL level and $275,000 in the AHL.
Poulin did not accept a qualifying offer earlier this summer and had a Sept. 17 deadline for a new deal.
The 25-year-old played in one game with the Islanders last year, stopping 23 of 26 shots against the Sabres. In 50 NHL games, Poulin has a 18-25 record with a .899 save percentage and 3.07 goals-against average.
Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:
You can expect to see Poulin spend most of — if not all of — the 2015-16 season in Bridgeport. With Jaroslav Halak
as the Islanders’ starter and veteran backup Thomas Greiss
in the fold, there isn’t much room for Poulin, barring any injuries.
Poulin has produced some good outings in the AHL and can serve the Sound Tigers well, along with Stephon Williams.
A new third jersey is in the works for the Islanders, and fans will finally get to see the finished product in September.
Newsday’s Art Staple tweeted that the team will unveil its new alternate sweater next month. (Aug 11)
Back in October 2013, Chris Botta confirmed with Brett Yormark that the new third jersey will be black-and-white.
H/t to Icethetics for the embedded image
Many fans, myself included, are extremely anxious to get a look at the new sweater, and the team has done a great job keeping it under wraps. The only thing anyone seems to know for certain is that it’s black and white. I, personally, have kicked the tires on every uniform source I have, and I haven’t been able to ascertain more details than that. The fact that it’s not blue and orange will make it unpopular with many Islanders fans, but I’m cautiously optimistic. If done right, it should prove popular enough that it sells well and never tempts the Barclays Center brass to tinkering with the home and road looks for future seasons.
It’s worth noting, this will be the Islanders third alternate jersey since 2011-12. In November ’11, they unveiled their first pass at a black alternate (it was terrible), then replaced the jersey one year sooner than they planned to with the Stadium Series jersey, which was far more popular look with uniform critics and fans alike.
In the meantime, if you have a concept you want to share with us — tweet it to us!
If you’ve ever listened to the Gear Daddies classic and dreamt about getting your chance behind the wheel of a zamboni, the Islanders have a job opening for you.
According to the New York Times, the Islanders are looking for a zamboni driver to help open up Barclays Center. Applicants must have at least five years experience operating a zamboni, three years working in a hockey arena, and a college degree.
Chris Jennings, the ice rink manager at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, told the Times that the new driver will be joining a close-knit community by becoming an NHL zamboni driver.
“We gather to talk about a lot of the stuff that we do, because we face a lot of the same challenges,” Jennings said.
Here’s your chance to get to the big leagues, journeymen zamboni drivers. In fact, this would make an awesome segment during intermissions for BC TV. Brett, if you’re reading this, please make this a reality show. It’s Ice Road Truckers meets the spirit of competition, as, one-by-one, promising zamboni drivers are sent to the dressing room. Only one will remain to become…Brooklyn’s Zamboni Driver! We can neogitate my royalty fee later.
Ryan Strome has been getting ready for the Islanders’ inaugural campaign in Brooklyn by shooting as much as he can.
Strome told Cory Wright of the Islanders’ official website that he wants to score more goals this year, and is focused on being an integral part of the team’s power play.
“I’ve been working on my shot and I want to score more goals this year,” Strome said. “We have some great play-making centermen and if I’m going to be playing on the wing, I have to be ready to shoot that puck. And if I am playing on the [power play], I want my shot to be at the point where I am confident I can beat goalies.”
Strome adds that he’s been working on getting bigger physically to try to fill out his 6-foot-1 frame.
In 2014-15, Strome tallied 17 goals and 33 assists for 50 points.
Obviously, Strome came up as a center, so I think it’s taken him so time to adjust to both playing the wing and viewing himself as a shoot-first kind of player. We’ve seen how dynamic his playmaking ability is, as he has created scoring chances out of nowhere to set up his teammates beautifully. It’s a great facet of his game because when Strome does hit a scoring lull, he can still contribute in a major way to the offense.
There has been a lot of speculation as to who will play on the top line alongside John Tavares, but I think Strome has to be a leading candidate. He was very effective there in the postseason, and looking comfortable rifling his shot. We’ll start to get an indication as to how Jack Capuano envisions his lines in camp, and I think a lot will be predicated on who performs in September. But if Strome is scoring like the way he wants, he may be the best choice.
Billy Joel played his 32nd and final show in the Old Barn on Tuesday night, and the sellout crowd gave their final salute to the Islanders.
Fans chanted “Let’s go Islanders” throughout the night, then booed special guest Paul Simon when he took the stage and admitted he was a Rangers fan.
“The idea of the Islanders leaving Uniondale to go to Brooklyn is as sad as the idea of the Dodgers leaving to go to San Francisco,” Simon told the crowd amidst the boos, mistaking the Dodgers’ Los Angeles destination.
Islanders forward Matt Martin was among the various celebrities in attendance, which also included actor, and Long Islander, Kevin James.
I had family there on Tuesday, and they said it was odd to see the building stripped of all its Islanders regalia. No banners in the rafters (save for the one honoring Joel’s sold out shows), no signage on the concourse or outside. I think it hit home for a lot of Isles fans that were there Tuesday night that this was the final stop in the building that has given us all quite the ride these last 43 years. And what’s a night in Uniondale without getting to boo a Rangers fan one last time?
The refurbishment of the building officially begins today, and partial demolition will happen later in the month. The original Coliseum is now a relic of history. So one last time: goodbye, old friend. See you in another life.