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Gary Bettman: No update on potential Islanders sale

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with the media

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PHILADELPHIA -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday he did not have an update on the possible sale of the Islanders, saying only that team owner Charles Wang has received interest from “a number” of potential buyers.

“The last public communication on this was Charles Wang’s statement [March 28] saying he is listening to the expressions of interest he’s getting and he hasn’t decided...

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Islanders schedule second date at Barclays Center

A ceremonial puck drop with Islanders owner Charles

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With a successful first date behind them -- and a long-term relationship coming soon -- the Islanders have announced a return engagement at Barclays Center.

Barclays Center will host the Islanders on Sept. 26 with tickets going on sale April 25 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased at the box office starting at noon on April 26. Islanders and Nets season ticket holders have...

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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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Colin McDonald up for Masterton Trophy

Colin McDonald checks the Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik

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Colin McDonald has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy by the Islanders’ chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

The award goes to the player who “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication” to the sport.

McDonald, 29, didn’t become a regular NHLer until joining the Islanders for training camp last season after 405 AHL games....

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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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Thomas Vanek trade falls short of expectations

Thomas Vanek reacts after a stop in play

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EDMONTON -- The deadline has passed and it's safe to say just about every observer, from the professional types on TSN and Sportsnet up here to just about every fan on Twitter, feels the Islanders failed. A few thoughts and notes on the last several weeks of profound disappointment in Islander country:

-- The Thomas Vanek trade quite obviously fell short of expectations. Once Vanek rejected...

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Garth Snow keeps trade rumors quiet

Isles GM Garth Snow addresses the media during

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WINNIPEG -- There was no trade news out of the Islanders on Monday, but that doesn’t mean things are dull.

Garth Snow, as he normally does, is keeping his own counsel while fielding plenty of calls from fellow general managers. You don’t hear much about rumors with the Isles because that’s the way Snow wants it. There aren’t open lists of team names who’ve inquired about Thomas Vanek or Andrew...

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Isles trade talk heating up with Vanek, MacDonald

Thomas Vanek skates during an outdoor practice at

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The trade deadline is seven days away and the Islanders will be busy -- just not quite yet.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported on Tuesday night that six teams have called Islanders GM Garth Snow about Thomas Vanek, with one team making a “serious offer” that was, obviously, rejected. McKenzie said there are a similar number of teams inquiring about Andrew MacDonald, with no offers made as of yet.

My...

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Isles' Frans Nielsen out a month with broken hand

Islanders' Frans Nielsen sets up his shot against

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Frans Nielsen suffered a broken left hand on Saturday, one last indignity for the Islanders as they headed into the Olympic break.

According to Islanders GM Garth Snow, Nielsen may be out a month -- which, given the current break, would mean missing perhaps 4-5 games once the team reconvenes.

Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson delivered a two-handed slash to Nielsen’s hand with 7:52 left...

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Islanders need to start winning Wednesday vs. Rangers to have chance at playoffs

Islanders left wing Matt Martin shoots on goalie

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The Islanders definitely took in all the pomp and circumstance of Wednesday’s Stadium Series game during their Tuesday practice and family skate.

A few guys asking which Yankees had which lockers -- for the record, massage therapist Jim Miccio had the place of honor, assigned Derek Jeter’s stall -- and marveling at the surroundings.

Well, maybe not all of them marveled -- Bostonian and...

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