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James Nichols

James is Co-Editor-in-Chief/writer at Islesblog and podcast host of Nassaumen Hockey Podcast. A trusted source for Islanders content for many years, James is passionate about keeping Islander fans up to date on the latest in Islanders news. Other content contributions also include senior Islanders writer on TheHockeyWriters.com. For interview requests or to provide content info, follow James on Twitter @JamesNicholsNYI

J.G. Pageau: From “Overpaid” to “Best Deal at the Deadline”

When Islanders’ general manager Lou Lamoriello made the trade for J.G. Pageau at the trade deadline, it was a mixed bag of emotions to all in the world of hockey. Pageau was Long Island bound, while the Ottawa Senators received a conditional 2020 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick, and ...

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Lamoriello Scores by Acquiring and Extending Pageau

Earlier today, the New York Islanders traded for forward J.G. Pageau in exchange for a conditional 2020 first-round pick, 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2022 third-round pick. The real prize was what came after the trade, when general manager Lou Lamoriello inked Pageau to a six year, $30 million ...

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Trocheck to the Islanders Makes Sense

If the Florida Panthers are selling, the New York Islanders should be buying. Earlier today, the Panthers sent forward Denis Maglin to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for prospect forward Mason Marchment. The Panthers only sit out of playoff position by four points, but with their recent 3-6-1 stretch, ...

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Kieffer Bellows Finally Gets the Call from the Isles

The New York Islanders have recalled forward Kieffer Bellows from their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Bellows is a former first-round pick, 19th overall for the Isles in the 2016 NHL draft. His prospect profile reads that Bellows is a skilled power forward who can dominate games and fill ...

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2019 UFA Free Agents: Where Are They Now?

The 2019 offseason saw a few surprises. Goaltender Robin Lehner departed for Chicago on a two-year deal, Jordan Eberle returned to the New York Islanders for another five years. And then there was Artemi Panarin, who was the obvious big swing and miss. In the leading moments up to July 1, it ...

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Islanders Rumor Mill: Ilya Sorokin

The rumor mill is churning today and Ilya Sorokin is supposedly in the mix. Earlier today, the New York Rangers recalled stud prospect Igor Shesterkin, and somehow it lead to a Sorokin rumor floating about. The status of Sorokin coming oversees from the KHL to the NHL is still certainly ...

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Islanders Are Set to Finally Retire Tonelli and Goring’s Numbers

The New York Islanders announced this morning that they’re retiring the numbers of John Tonelli and Butch Goring, solidifying their seats at the Islanders legends table. Tonelli and Goring will become the first Isles players to have their number retired since Hall of Famer Brian Trottier received the honor back ...

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Islanders’ Second Line Leading the Way

The New York Islanders 16-game point streak is the definition of historic. There are so many factors that have attributed to the “surprising success” of the Islanders, which we all know starts with head coach Barry Trotz and the structure he has put in place. It has transformed players such ...

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Time to Increase Oliver Wahlstrom’s Role

Lets start by saying absolutely no one should have any reason not to trust in Barry Trotz with his resume and as the reigning Jack Adams Award winner. However, since Jordan Eberle’s unfortunate injury, Trotz has consistently rolled out Tom Kuhnhackl at right wing on the first line. Although Mathew ...

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