Eyes on the Dollar: New York Islanders

Cam Lewis
March 14 2015 03:46PM

It isn’t news anymore, but as we all know, the NHL’s salary cap is tied directly to the strength of the Canadian dollar. Back in January, Gary Bettman suggested that if the dollar got down to $0.80, the salary cap for the 2015-16 season would end up being somewhere around $71 million. This puts a lot of teams in a really sticky situation, since so many were banking on the cap continuing to rise. 

The New York Islanders are not one of those teams. 

The Islanders have completely turned themselves around after looking completely hopeless last season. They traded for Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, then gave them both long term contract extensions, and signed Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin, and Jaroslav Halak as free agents, making their fans forget about the first round draft pick they gave to Buffalo in exchange for a handful of games of Thomas Vanek. 

The Islanders look like one of the better teams in the east this season and also have the cap space and prospects to continue to improve over the next couple of seasons. Let’s take a look.

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NHL Notebook - March 13

Anthony Petrielli
March 13 2015 09:34AM

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The Colorado Avalanche are being touted as the latest example of a poor possession team that rode unsustainable percentages to success in a fluke season and are now regressing, but is that fair?

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
March 13 2015 06:30AM


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The Flames are not the Avalanche of last year, Kadri drama in Toronto, the perfect line combinations, player power rankings, leadership, the 2015 draft and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

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Johnny Boychuk signs a 7-year, $42 million deal with the Islanders

Cam Lewis
March 12 2015 02:41PM

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Well, the 2015 Unrestricted Free Agent market for defencemen just got a lot weaker. The Islanders and defenceman Johnny Boychuk agreed to a seven year, $42 million contract extension, so a cap hit of $6 million. Sorry Oilers fans, the dream is dead. 

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The NHL awards according to our polls — part 1

Cam Lewis
March 09 2015 08:00AM

Public opinion is fun, so I decided to poll our users to see who they thought would be most likely to take home the league's individual awards at the end of the season. Let's take a look at what our fellow users thought about the Selke, Vezina, Hart, Calder, and Norris Trophies. 

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