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John Tavares

Islanders captain John Tavares watches the action against the Devils during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on Sept. 21, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Season Preview: Expectations Way Up For Tavares-Led Islanders In 2013-14

With their eyes squarely on the future, the New York Islanders can harken back to some recent history to build on.

09/24/2013

Anders Nilsson, left, ((Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images); Kevin Poulin (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders’ Western Canada Experience Shows There’s Work To Do

Since the start of training camp, we’ve learned a lot about this team. We’ll learn even more in the days and weeks to come, especially about who will be Evgeni Nabokov’s understudy.

09/18/2013

Evgeni Nabokov #20 is congratulated by John Tavares #91 and Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Friedman: New York Islanders Training Camp Preview

The Isles need to have someone else to lean on besides Evgeni Nabokov. That’s where Kevin Poulin comes in.

09/11/2013

John Tavares (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images, FILE)

Islanders Name John Tavares New Team Captain

Tavares has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his first four NHL seasons. He had 28 goals — third most in the league.

09/09/2013

John Tavares (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images, FILE)

Friedman: An Islanders Chat With Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek

The New York Islanders are coming off an impressive year, one they’ll be looking to build on in 2013-14. However, there are still plenty of questions and concerns.

09/03/2013

New York Islanders players Matt Moulson and John Tavares pose for a photo during the 2014 NHL Stadium Series Media Availabilty at Yankee Stadium on August 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Tavares Won’t Rest Until He Becomes NHL’s Signature Star

The 22-year-old is a well-known “nice guy” off the ice, but he’s probably the last player any goalie wants to see hanging around the crease.

08/09/2013

John Tavares (file/credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Silverman: Hart Trophy Finalist Tavares Will Bring Award Home This Season

He is the MVP favorite going into the season because no player means more to his team than Tavares. This team would be a bottom-dweller without him.

08/02/2013

John Tavares (file/credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Friedman: Sochi Rosters Set; Islanders Boast 6 Olympic Hopefuls

The New York Islanders are fortunate to have six hopeful Olympians, five of which will probably make the final cut to represent their respective countries. What impact does that have and what are their odds?

07/26/2013

John Tavares

Capellini: Islanders Are Building A Team To Last The Test Of Time

You may not be in love with what the Isles have done so far this offseason, but you have to give them credit for remaining disciplined. There has been something righteous about their approach.

07/15/2013

Travis Hamonic (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Employing Slow And Steady Wins The Race Approach

The Islanders have been active this offseason, but maybe not in the way you had hoped. Don’t sweat it. They are improved and could get better as the summer progresses.

07/08/2013

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers makes a save on John Tavares of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lundqvist Named Second Team NHL All-Star, Tavares Misses Out

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers was voted as the Second Team goaltender and John Tavares of the Islanders missed out.

07/03/2013

Nino Niederreiter of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Isles Trade Nino, Fill Pipeline At NHL Draft

Niederreiter’s value had diminished and, under those circumstances, this was the best return GM Garth Snow was going to get in a trade for him. Truth be told, it’s not a bad one, either.

07/01/2013

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) and John Tavares of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ovechkin Awarded Third Career Hart Trophy, Isles Center Tavares Finishes Third Place

It wasn’t John Tavares’ year as Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals was awarded his third career Hart Trophy.

06/15/2013

Evgeni Nabokov (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Have Work Cut Out For Them This Summer

For the Isles, it’s all about the next move — and I don’t mean the one to Brooklyn, though that will help, too.

06/12/2013

Mark Streit

Capellini: Streit Did Islanders Right, But It Was Time For Him To Go

Mark Streit’s days on Long Island are basically over, but it’s by no means a death sentence for the Islanders. They just need to play their many cards in the right hand.

06/04/2013

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