Isles, Hickey agree on three-year deal

The Islanders and Thomas Hickey have agreed on a three-year deal, worth $2.2 million per year, according to Arthur Staple (July 1).

Hickey was a restricted free agent. In 81 games, he scored two goals, tallied 20 assists, and was a minus-12.

Hickey has 48 points (seven goals, 41 assists) in 202 career NHL games, all with the Islanders. The Calgary, Alberta native led all Islanders defensemen in games last season (81), set a career high in assists (20) and matched his career high in points (22).

The two sides were reportedly working on a new contract for a few days.

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Isles sign goaltender Thomas Greiss

The Islanders have signed goaltender Thomas Greiss to a two-year, $3 million contract, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports (July 1, 12:11 p.m.).

As backup for the Penguins last season, Greiss recorded a 9-6-3 record with a .908 save percentage and .259 goals-against average. Greiss has a career .913 save percentage in 89 games played.

Greiss is expected to take over the backup role behind Jaroslav Halak. Last year’s backup, Michal Neuvirth, is a free agent, and according to multiple reports, is expected to sign elsewhere.

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This is a solid signing. The Isles save a half million on what Michal Neuvirth eventually got from Philadelphia, all while wrestling Greiss away from the Penguins. And, in my opinion, Greiss is actually a better option than Neuvirth.

Greiss actually had his worst save percentage season of his career last year with the Pens, and his goal against average was his highest since 2009-10. But backup goaltender statistics can be maddening to try to quantify. They’re usually dependent on a very small sample size, so I wouldn’t look at those figures as causes for concern. Greiss has a reputation for being a very steady hand and a capable fill in when his number is called, and he’ll hope to continue that in orange-and-blue.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders needed a backup goaltender and they went out and got one. It appeared that Michal Neuvirth wasn’t going to return to the Islanders as the hours inched closer to the opening of free agency. Greiss is a serviceable backup who has averaged a save percentage of .913 and a goals against average of 2.47 through his career.  He knows and understands the role of backup well and with a rhythm in place this season, the tandem of  Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss should work well for the Islanders.


Isles, Lee agree to four-year deal at $3.75 million per season

The Islanders and forward Anders Lee have agreed to a four-year deal. The deal is worth $3.75 million per season, according to Arthur Staple (June 30).

“Anders has proven to be an effective goal scorer over his two seasons with the club,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We’re thrilled to have another home-grown talent signed long term.”

Lee scored 25 goals and 41 points in 76 games as a rookie with the Islanders. He finished second on the Islanders in goals and fourth among National Hockey League rookies.

“I’m extremely excited to finalize this deal and ensure that I’m a New York Islander for the next four seasons,” Lee said. “The organization has been nothing but first class to me from the moment I was drafted. I look forward to competing for the Stanley Cup in each year while playing in front of the best fans in the NHL.”

Brian Erni

I love this move. Consider this: The Jets just signed Drew Stafford for a two-year deal is an AAV of $4.35. That’s for a winger who is 29 and scored 18 goals last season. Lee already has a 25 goal season under his belt and is five years younger. The free agent class is so weak this season, the best thing the Islanders can do with their cap room is lock in their young players to deal that will be favorable to the team now and in the long-term. Garth did that with the contract.

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Isles have sold 8,000 full season plans

Islanders season tickets are selling extremely well.

Brett Yormark told Dave Caldwell of the Wall Street Journal that the Islanders have already sold over half of the building’s 15,795 hockey capacity in the form of full season ticket plans. (June 29)

“Before the Islanders’ full season schedule was announced last week, Brett Yormark, CEO of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and of Barclays Center, said more than 8,000 Islanders full-season-ticket plans had been sold: 25% from Long Island, 21% from Manhattan and, somewhat surprisingly, 33% from Brooklyn.

Brian Erni

Earlier this month, Yormark made those regional demographics public, but to hear that half the building is already sold out in the form of full season tickets has to be very encouraging for the team. Despite spotty attendance in the past, the season ticket holder base has always been fervently loyal (during the rebuild, the team averaged anywhere between the low 11,000’s and the high 13,000’s; a testament to strong season subscriber sales). I’m sure Yormark assumed those numbers would take a hit upon the move to Barclays Center, but it certainly doesn’t seem that way.

Eight thousand full season plans is a lot, and I’m sure the ticket department will begin hocking partial plans now that the schedule is released. It seems Year One is on track to be a heavily-attended one in the borough.


Islanders announce roster for 2015 mini camp

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders announced the mini camp roster on Monday night. Some of the names from this year include Michael Dal Colle, Joshua Ho-Sang and Ryan Pulock.

In addition, the newest Islanders prospects will be in attendance, too. Fans will get their first look at Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Ryan Pilon, Mitchell Vande Sompel, Patrick Wotherspoon, Petter Hansson and Andong Song. Plenty of eyes will be on New York’s two first-round selections in 2015, but Song will also be a player to watch considering the historical significance of his selection.

Miks Indrasis, who was offered a contract by the Islanders earlier this month, will also be at this years mini camp being held at Twin Rinks Ice Center in Eisenhower Park. Indrasis is a restricted free agent in the KHL.

Mini camp will be held from Tuesday, July 7 through  Saturday, July 11. The annual Blue & White Scrimmage will be held at Barclays Center on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m., and the doors open to the event at 6 p.m.

For the full camp roster click here.


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Islanders extend qualifying offers to six players

The Islanders have extended qualifying offers to six of their restricted free agents, the team announced (June 29).

In addition to Anders Lee, who the club is reportedly close to extending, and Brock Nelson, whose contract situation will be addressed later this offseason, the Isles extended qualifying offers to Kevin Czuczman, Mike Halmo, Kevin Poulin and Johan Sundstrom.

By extending qualifying offers to the above players, the Isles have retained negotiating rights.

Had the Isles not extended qualifying offers, the aforementioned players would have become unrestricted free agents on July 1.