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Isles agree to deals with Casey Cizikas, Calvin de Haan

Casey Cizikas, right, celebrates after Matt Martin scored

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Casey Cizikas agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal and Calvin de Haan to a three-year, $5.9 million deal on Tuesday, the last of the Isles’ restricted free agents to agree to terms.

Kevin Poulin still is headed to arbitration, but I don’t think he’ll be retained on anything more than a one-year, two-way deal, so I’m not counting on him to be in the mix.

Cizikas and de Haan will be,...

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Good and bad afterthoughts from Isles-Rangers

John Tavares points towards Thomas Vanek, not pictured,

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A few notes after another two-goal rally by the Islanders to beat the Rangers:

-- I noted it a bit on Twitter throughout the game and even Jack Capuano didn’t let it go uncommented upon afterwards: The bad start Tuesday night had a lot to do with the John Tavares line. True, both Rick Nash goals came off near-misses at the other end -- the puck hopping on Tavares off a two- on-one and Thomas...

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Too many points-less Isles right now

Islanders' Frans Nielsen controls the puck against the

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Jack Capuano admitted he’s not a “stat guy” after the Islanders’ latest debacle on Tuesday -- don’t get excited, advanced-stats gang, he wasn’t even talking about those -- but even he had to mention the most ridiculous of all the ridiculous numbers coming out of this 8-15-5 team.

The Islanders are now 0-13-3 when scoring two goals or fewer. In a defense-first league, in a division where teams...

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Fourth line working well for Isles

Casey Cizikas celebrates his second-period goal during a

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Things haven’t been going well for the Islanders in their own end the last three weeks, but one of the bright spots head coach Jack Capuano sees is his fourth line.

More than just providing breathers for the top lines, the fourth line has found itself on the score sheet in the past handful of games.

Eric Boulton chipped in with his first goal as an Islander on Saturday against the Flyers,...

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Casey Cizikas has struggled amid high expectations

Kevin Poulin and Casey Cizikas of the Islanders

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John Tavares was known earlier in his young career for being a player who had trouble letting go of rough nights. There were plenty of those for Tavares as a teenaged star on a losing Islanders team; now, at the ripe old age of 23 and wearing a captain’s “C” on his sweater, Tavares has learned how to channel his frustration and have the short memory needed to survive and succeed in the NHL.

Casey...

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What's wrong with the Islanders?

New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov gets beat

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- It’s time to ask and break down the following question: What’s wrong with the Islanders?

Let’s dive in.

Is it the goaltending?

Certainly, Evgeni Nabokov has not been good enough at times this season. The difference between what I like to call “Twitter Reality” and “Hockey Reality” is that not every goal in a bad game such as Tuesday’s is the goaltender’s fault....

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Casey Cizikas thriving in first postseason

Casey Cizikas of the Islanders celebrates his third

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Pittsburgh -- All Casey Cizikas knew of the NHL playoffs before this season was whether he could stay awake for the second half of the nighttime doubleheaders on TSN or CBC during his preteen years in Ontario.

"You had to try and force yourself to stay up for that 10 p.m. West Coast game," he said. "That¹s all there was for us as kids this time of year."

Now,...

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Islanders players in contention for NHL awards

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates

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It’s NHL awards season -- which means lots of deliberating over who gets my fifth-place Selke Trophy award vote.

This season is different than recent ones, however, because the Islanders have more viable candidates for NHL awards than at any time in perhaps 15-20 years. It can be a difficult balance in a regular, 82-game season to highlight teams you only see once or twice; with no inter-conference...

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Nagging injuries won’t keep Bailey, Cizikas out

Islanders center Josh Bailey, center, is congratulated by

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Josh Bailey was asked if he’s 100 percent healthy, and smiled.

“I’ve been cleared,” was all Bailey would say. Bailey was banged up (his words) at the end of Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Panthers.

Casey Cizikas missed the second half of that game after blocking a shot with some part of his left side, but he too says he will play Thursday night.

“Been icing, resting, so I’m able to...

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Islanders assign players to Bridgeport, junior teams

Travis Hamonic talks to reporters as Islanders clean

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The Islanders assigned 19 players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Islanders also assigned two players to their junior teams.

The players assigned to Bridgeport include Marc Cantin, Casey Cizikas, Jason Clark, Calvin de Haan, Brandon Defazio, Matt Donovan, Mike Halmo, Travis Hamonic, Kirill Kabanov, Jon Landry, Brock Nelson, Aaron Ness, Nino...

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