John Tavares

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

John Tavares receives medical assistance during Canada’s Olympic hockey quarterfinal matchup against Latvia at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Tavares Done For The Olympics After Suffering Apparent Knee Injury

Tavares went down in a heap following a big hit along the boards by Latvia’s Arturs Kulda during the second period of Canada’s 2-1 victory in the Olympic quarterfinals on Wednesday.

02/19/2014

(L-R) P.K. Subban #76 and John Tavares #91 of Team Canada practice on day three of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Arena on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: John Tavares, Islanders’ Olympians Looking Forward

John Tavares knows a thing or two about playing on the international stage. The 23-year-old native of Mississauga, Ontario has represented Canada in seven tournaments since 2006 and has put together an impressive portfolio.

02/12/2014

The Olympic flag is pictured inside Bolshoy Ice Hockey Arena ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Feb.  7, 2014. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Silverman: Fight For Olympic Hockey Gold Wide Open, 6 Teams Have A Shot

The hockey competition was stellar in Vancouver in 2010, and it should be the same this time around. It’s the depth of talent that makes this tournament so watchable.

02/07/2014

Islanders GM Garth Snow

Capellini: Vanek Failure Should Not Stop Islanders From Taking Necessary Risks

The Islanders traded for Thomas Vanek because of one simple reason: They are not the Rangers. They cannot sit back and let name recognition sell the franchise. They need to roll the dice to take the next step.

02/04/2014

Derek Stepan, left, Chris Kreider and the rest of the Rangers will be looking for a Yankee Stadium sweep when they take on the Islanders on Jan. 29, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Finale At Yankee Stadium Promises To Be Nastier Than The Opener

The only thing missing from Sunday’s outdoor NHL game at Yankee Stadium was true animosity on the ice. That shouldn’t be a problem on Wednesday night when the Islanders get their crack at the Rangers.

01/28/2014

Maxim Lapierre of the St. Louis Blues checks Thomas Hickey of the New York Islanders (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Blues Defeat Isles In The Shootout After Vanek’s OT Goal Gets Waved Off

Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals to lift the St. Louis Blues to 4-3 win over the New York Islanders following a puzzling goal reversal call in overtime.

01/25/2014

Islanders forward Thomas Vanek scores against the Chicago Blackhawks and is congratulated by teammates John Tavares at the Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 2, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Vanek’s Indecision On His Future Puts Massive Pressure On Islanders

Sooner or later, Garth Snow is going to have to make a decision, which likely will be the only decision he can make if things don’t change. Thomas Vanek is the only person who can alter that decision.

01/24/2014

Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The ‘King’ Is Sick, So Talbot To Start For Rangers Against Islanders

It might be snowing and freezing outside, but the atmosphere will almost certainly be heated Tuesday night inside Madison Square Garden.

01/21/2014

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