Matt Moulson

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

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

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

Devils goalie Cory Schneider. (Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

Sabres Edge Devils 2-1

Matt Moulson and Matt D’Agostini scored power-play goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Saturday night.

01/04/2014

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

Thomas Vanek (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Newest Islander Thomas Vanek Saw ‘The Writing On The Wall’ In Buffalo

Vanek saw the writing on the wall with the Sabres, who dealt Jason Pominville last season, changed coaches, and also could trade away veteran goalie Ryan Miller this season. He’s happy to be an Islander.

10/29/2013

Thomas Vanek (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Capellini: Trade For Sniper Vanek Shows Islanders Finally Mean Business

Islanders fans may struggle for a while accepting the fact that one of the most popular players in franchise history is gone, but the truth is Thomas Vanek is a world-class player. Matt Moulson is not.

10/28/2013

Thomas Vanek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images), Matt Moulson (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Thomas Vanek ‘Excited’ To Join Islanders; Moulson Says Goodbye

The Islanders acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night for forward Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2014, and a second-round pick in 2015.

10/28/2013

Thomas Vanek (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Islanders Land Thomas Vanek From Sabres In Megatrade

The Islanders have reportedly pulled off a megatrade that sends scoring ace Thomas Vanek from Buffalo to Long Island.

10/27/2013

Islanders forward Josh Bailey, left, scored the winning goal late in the third period against the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Oct. 25, 2013. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Dominated For 2 Periods, Islanders Roar Back In 3rd, Stun Penguins

Josh Bailey’s goal with 1:40 left capped the Islanders’ furious third-period rally, and New York edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Friday night.

10/25/2013

John Tavares (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Keeping Pace Despite Plethora Of Problems

It’s hard to believe that, after all that’s transpired over the past six days, the New York Islanders (3-2-2) haven’t lost any ground in the Metropolitan Division standings.

10/18/2013

Damien Brunner (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Schwei: Brunner Makes Noise, Looking For 1st Win And More Devils Notes

The New Jersey Devils began the season with just one point in their first two games, a 3-0 loss in Pittsburgh and a 4-3 shootout defeat at home against the Islanders.

10/07/2013

Ryan Strome (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Why Did Islanders Bounce Strome To Bridgeport?

It became obvious to me that both Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson deserved to make the cut. However, the better player didn’t get the job, as far as I’m concerned.

10/01/2013

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

The Islanders’ Josh Bailey, left, celebrates his shorthanded goal against the Devils with Kyle Okposo at the Prudential Center on Sept. 19, 2013 in Newark. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Bailey Poised To Take Himself And Islanders To The Next Level

Islanders forward Josh Bailey is entering his sixth NHL season. The 23-year-old from Bowmanville, Ontario is working his tail off to ensure it’ll be better than the previous five.

09/25/2013

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