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The Islanders’ Calvin de Haan controls the puck against the Rangers during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 29, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Islanders Continue Spending, Lock Up Defenseman De Haan, Center Cizikas

The Islanders’ payroll is currently ranked 17th in the NHL. That may seem like a fairly benign statistic to most, but to the fans of this beleaguered franchise it’s a further sign of a philosophical shift in thinking.

07/15/2014

Jets quarterback Geno Smith celebrates his touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 22, 2013, at MetLife Stadium. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

7 Players That New York Fans Shouldn’t Give Up On Yet

If you’re not getting the job done, you’re going to get criticized — whether you’re a 10-year veteran or a rookie. Here are seven players you should perhaps hold off on judging.

07/15/2014

Ryan Strome (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Led By Strome, Islanders’ Reinforcements Are Stepping Up

Ryan Strome should’ve been an Islander in October, but he’s here now and he’s making a difference. And he’s not the only reason the team’s been better of late.

01/10/2014

Thomas Vanek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Thomas Vanek Era Begins, Islanders Can’t Stand Pat

If you want to be the kind of team that Thomas Vanek will want to continue playing for, then you need to plug up the holes. That means trading for a top-four shutdown defenseman.

10/30/2013

Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first NHL goal against the Vancouver Canucks. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders’ Depth, Battle Level Put To The Test

Going into this week, the New York Islanders were already facing a substantial amount of adversity. That, however, would pale in comparison to what they’d have to deal with from that point on.

10/25/2013

Matt Donovan Islanders

Friedman: Depth, Speed, Solid Goaltending Propel Islanders To Strong Start

The Islanders might still have what to work on, but they have the depth and determination to pull through — something they have not had for a very long time.

10/10/2013

Phoenix Coyotes v New York Islanders

Captain Tavares Scores 2 In Isles’ Rout Of Coyotes

John Tavares scored his first two goals of the season and defenseman Matt Donovan added the first of his NHL career to lift the New York Islanders over the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 on Tuesday night.

10/09/2013

The Islanders announced on Sept. 30, 2013, that 19-year-old defenseman Griffin Reinhart made the 23-man roster. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Name 23-Man Roster — Reinhart In, Strome Sent To Bridgeport

The club released its 23-man roster on Monday and, perhaps in a somewhat surprising move the Isles chose to keep young defenseman Griffin Reinhart on the big club while sending sniper-in-waiting Ryan Strome to Bridgeport.

09/30/2013

The Islanders’ Colin McDonald, right, celebrates his second-period goal against the Predators along with teammate Brock Nelson during a preseason game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 27, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tavares Jump-Starts Islanders, Kids Help Do The Rest In Win Over Preds

John Tavares scored two first-period goals, leading the New York Islanders to a 6-4 preseason victory against the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

09/27/2013

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

(credit: Facebook/Official New York Islanders)

Gallof: Work-In-Progress Islanders Likely 1 More Season Away From Relevance

So here we are, in the midst of a very short training camp, one whole week for teams to get ready for a 48-game sprint to the playoffs. It’s crazy if you think about it. It’s even crazier if you play for the Islanders.

01/17/2013