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Thomas Vanek trade a solid move, but can Islanders keep him?

Buffalo Sabres' left winger Thomas Vanek eyes the

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After the biggest Islanders trade in quite a while -- perhaps since the last time these two teams made a meaningful trade, when the Isles acquired the rights to Michael Peca for Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt in the summer of 2001 -- we’ve all had a night to sleep on it and gather our thoughts.

Here are some of mine after the Isles dealt popular, steady Matt Moulson, their first round pick...

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Kevin Poulin gets first start in goal

Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin stops a shot against

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CHICAGO -- Kevin Poulin is in goal, Cal Clutterbuck is in the lineup, Matt Moulson is en route and Brock Nelson is a likely scratch.

There are a few changes coming for the Islanders on Friday night here against the Hawks, topped by Poulin getting his first start of the season in net after Evgeni Nabokov had three strong games.

Nabokov will play on Saturday in Nashville and it was just...

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My Lady Byng Trophy ballot

Matt Moulson and Islanders' fans celebrate his first-period

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As a voting member of the Pro Hockey Writers Association, I cast a Lady Byng ballot. Here was mine this season:

1. Matt Moulson, NYI

2. Loui Eriksson, DAL

3. Jason Pominville, BUF/MIN

4. Bryan Little, WPG

5. Logan Couture, SJS  ...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Matt Moulson

Matt Moulson and Islanders' fans celebrate his first-period

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BUFFALO -- Matt Moulson is 29 and a bona fide scorer in the NHL after four seasons on John Tavares’ wing. But Moulson’s first postseason will take his late-blooming career to a new height. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” about the playoffs:

“Ever since I’ve gotten here that’s been a huge goal of ours, getting to the playoffs. All the guys who have been here since I’ve been here, that’s what...

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Islanders locker-room quotes after making the playoffs

Matt Moulson and Islanders' fans celebrate his first-period

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Some quotes from around the Islanders' locker room in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday night after they clinched their first playoff berth since 2007.

John Tavares: “We had to win a lot more games late because we put ourselves behind the eight-ball with the start to the season we had. We knew we needed to start winning some games that we’d been losing the first half of the season, and we needed to...

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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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One day left = two new Islanders videos

Nino Niederreiter celebrates his goal in the first

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Embedded above is the Islanders video we shot Friday at Nassau Coliseum on the eve of the start of the lockout-shortened NHL season.

It includes interviews with John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo.

Embedded below is highlights of our sitdown with Arthur Staple to discuss the start of the season for the Islanders.

Those reading this on Newsday's apps can watch the...

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Boyes brings shootout success

In 2011-2012, almost 15 percent of all NHL games were decided by the shootout, accounting for 181 extra points in the league standings. The Islanders, who went 7-4 in shootouts last season, bolstered their already-strong shootout effort by signing Brad Boyes to a 1-year contract.   In his prime, Boyes was a formidable offensive threat, scoring 43 goals and 65 points with St. Louis in 2007-2008,...

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Matt Moulson named First Star of week

Islanders wing Matt Moulson.

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Matt Moulson was nearly speechless after learning he was named the NHL's First Star of the week. He scored six goals and added an assist as the Islanders went 2-0-1.

Moulson became the first NHL player this season to score four goals in one game when he tallied the hat trick plus one against Dallas. He leads the Isles with 13 goals and is third on the team in points with 19.

"I...

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