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John Tavares talks chemistry, younger players, coaching and more

John Tavares discusses his season-ending knee injury during

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Since we're heading toward a rather quiet time from the Islanders as the NHL playoffs begin without them, I'll have a couple posts here of interviews with players from Monday's breakup day.

Today, we'll begin with John Tavares. He spoke on a variety of topics, including the chemistry "hiccup" the team suffered when Matt Moulson was traded, who he thinks might work well on his left side next...

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On Ryan Strome, Anders Nilsson and Sebastian Collberg

Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin shoots the puck past

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TAMPA -- A few notes of interest off Tuesday night’s game, the latest in a long line of “Oh, hey, that happened” nights for the Islanders this season

In talking with Colin McDonald and Matt Martin, the Trottier and Bossy of the 5-4 win (each had two goals and McDonald had an assist), they spoke about the adjustments of moving from mostly playing with Casey Cizikas to playing with Ryan Strome,...

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Ryan Strome, Islanders call-up, will sit against Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday

Ryan Strome participates in drills during Islanders minicamp.

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Glendale, Ariz. -- Ryan Strome has arrived with the Islanders, but his NHL debut will have to wait.

Jack Capuano said Strome will sit out tonight’s game with the Coyotes, as if the coach weren’t already one of the most unpopular people on Twitter (at least as far as my timeline is concerned).

“We wanted to get him in here, get acclimated to our meetings, have some time to sit down with...

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard placed on waivers, Ryan Strome to get called up

The Islanders' Ryan Strome, the organization's first round

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garth Snow has made his first move to change up the Islanders roster, placing veteran Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers to make room for Ryan Strome, who leads the AHL in scoring.

Bouchard, 29, signed a one-year, $2 million contract in July and Snow hoped the former Wild first-round pick could regain some of his scoring form he had before concussions cost him major time in...

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Time for Isles to rebuild again?

Islanders prospect Ryan Strome skates during minicamp at

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ST. LOUIS -- Of all the questions that could be asked about the Islanders right now -- too many to list here, and I’ve got a plane to catch -- here’s one:

Is it time to rebuild the rebuild?

Garth Snow earned praise for jumping in as an inexperienced general manager seven years ago and committing to a bottom-to-top rebuilding of the organization. He stayed small-budget and low-key, amassing...

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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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Isles' young defense, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee

Islanders prospect Anders Lee skates during minicamp at

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Some notes from Thursday’s Isles-Devils game in Newark:

-- Jack Capuano was particularly pleased with the work of his very inexperienced defense against a Devils team that had about 75 percent of its opening night roster on the ice. Griffin Reinhart, Ryan Pulock, Andrey Pedan and Scott Mayfield all played very capably; Mike Dalhuisen, the 24-year-old out of The Netherlands and Quinnipiac University...

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Isles lines and pairings for preseason debut

Ryan Strome looks on during the Islanders Rookie

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With the morning skates underway in Saskatchewan, here are the lines, defense pairs and goaltenders for each of the Isles’ split-squad games Tuesday night:

REGINA

Moulson-Tavares-Bouchard Lee-Nelson-Strome Martin-Cizikas-McDonald Gallant-Sundstrom-Boulton

Hickey-Visnovsky Strait-Hamonic Finley-Ness

Nabokov Reiter

CALGARY

Bailey-Nielsen-Okposo Grabner-Regin-Clutterbuck...

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Ryan Strome tries to show Islanders improvement

Islanders prospect Ryan Strome skates during minicamp at

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For many prospects at the Islanders Mini Camp, this week presents an opportunity to meet some of the other players in the organization and have a little fun before returning to their respective junior or college teams.

Not for Ryan Strome. He’s got a different mission.

“I expect to be a leader and show that I’m a man amongst boys here,” Strome said. “I want to show that I’m a good player...

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Islanders Q&A: Ryan Strome, playoffs, Nabokov

Ryan Strome skates during Islanders' training camp. (Jan.

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Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple answered questions from Newsday readers on Thursday. Here’s some of the highlights from the chat:

Kyle: Do you think this team is capable of winning 1+ rounds in the playoffs?

Staple: Kyle -- The way they've played the last 9 games, it's hard to say "no chance" to that. The Bruins/Penguins first-round matchup will be tough, for sure, and...

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