John Tavares

Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak, left. (Photo: Daniel Friedman/WFAN.com)

Friedman: Islanders’ Optimism Spearheaded By Last Line Of Defense

From the moment he first skated onto the Nassau Coliseum ice, Jaroslav Halak changed the atmosphere at Islanders training camp.

09/24/2014

John Tavares (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Friedman: A Lot To Like As Islanders Prepare For Final Season At Coliseum

The Islanders are set to begin training camp and, albeit for different reasons than last year, are doing so amid a typhoon of optimism and potential.

09/18/2014

The Islanders' Frans Nielsen, left, shoots against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Jan. 16, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Friedman: ‘Eye On Hockey’ Expert Sees Islanders Close To Turning A Corner

With training camp around the corner, there are a number of questions surrounding the Islanders. A while back, I sat down with Chris Peters, who writes for Eye on Hockey at CBSSports.com, to ask him a few.

09/12/2014

Nets big man Mason Plumlee takes the Ice Bucket Challenge (credit: Instagram/masonplumlee)

10 Local Players, Execs Who Have Taken The Ice Bucket Challenge

Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably seen the videos of people dumping ice water over their heads to raise money and awareness for ALS research.

08/13/2014

The Rangers’ Derek Stepan, right, celebrates his first-period  goal against Pittsburgh along with Mats Zuccarello at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Top 10 Tri-State Area NHL Players

New York is the biggest sports market in the United States, and it’s a magnet for superstars. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils boast a plethora of talented players.

07/10/2014

Mikhail Grabovski (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images), Nikolai Kulemin (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images), Chad Johnson (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images), Jaroslav Halak (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Need 1-2 More Impact Moves To Have Legit Expectations

For the first time in a long time, the Islanders might have some margin for error heading into a season.

07/08/2014

Garth Snow (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Friedman: An Expert’s Take On What Islanders Must Do This Offseason

The Islanders are at a crossroads and have a lot of questions to answer this offseason. I figured I’d sit down with Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien and ask him a few of those questions.

06/23/2014

Right: Thomas Vanek (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images); Matt Moulson (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Friedman: It Should Be An Offseason Of Opportunity For Snow, Islanders

For most teams, the offseason begins when the Stanley Cup Final ends. The New York Islanders, however, are not like most teams. For better or for worse, their situation is unique, something general manager Garth Snow is fully aware of.

06/17/2014

Travis Hamonic (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Isles’ Travis Hamonic: ‘I Don’t Think We’re Far Off At All’

“I don’t think we’re far off at all,” defenseman Travis Hamonic said. “I certainly believe in the group we have.”

04/17/2014

Islanders forward Ryan Strome. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Isles Not Nearly The Trainwreck Everyone Thought Without Tavares

When John Tavares went down for the season no one thought the Islanders would be remotely watchable, let alone competitive. However, just the opposite has occurred.

04/04/2014

Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Toronto Maple Leafs braces for a shot as Andrew MacDonald #47 of the New York Islanders misses the rebound during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 27, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: It’s Gut-Check Time For The Tavares-Less Islanders

Whether it’s the younger players fighting for roster spots or the role players looking to show some pride, I think this team will show a ton of heart the rest of the way.

02/28/2014

Islanders center John Tavares, second from left, celebrates with teammates Jonathan Toews, left, Sidney Crosby and Matt Duchene, right, following Canada’s win over Sweden in the gold-medal match at the Sochi Olympics on Feb. 23, 2014. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Islanders Catch A Huge Break: Tavares Will Not Require Surgery On Left Knee

The Islanders’ franchise player will require eight to 12 weeks of rehab, but should be able to participate in offseason workouts leading up to training camp in September.

02/25/2014

John Tavares and Islanders General Manager Garth Snow, right, speak to the media during a press conference to announce Tavares had signed a six-year contract extension on Sept. 15, 2011 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Islanders)

Capellini: Garth Going To Bat For Islanders Season-Ticket Holders Is Hysterical

Garth Snow is angry, and understandably so. But the words that came out of his mouth on Thursday regarding the shocking injury that ended John Tavares’ Olympics and, more importantly, his season with the Islanders, were misguided.

02/21/2014

Garth Snow (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Isles GM Garth Snow Blasts IIHF, IOC Following Tavares’ Season-Ending Injury

“Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season-ticket holders now? It’s a joke,” Snow said. “They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don’t want to pay when our best player gets hurt.”

02/21/2014

John Tavares of Canada injured against the boards during win over Latvia on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Islanders’ Tavares Done For Season After Tearing MCL In Sochi

Oh no, Canada! Oh no, Nassau! The Islanders have lost their star and captain for the rest of the season because of a major knee injury at the Sochi Games.

02/20/2014

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