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2014–15 New York Islanders · NHL
Division 3rd Metropolitan
Conference 5th Eastern
2014–15 record 47–28–7
Home record 25–14–2
Road record 22–14–5
Goals for 252
Goals against 230
General Manager Garth Snow
Coach Jack Capuano
Captain John Tavares
Alternate captains Cal Clutterbuck (Jan-Apr)
Frans Nielsen
Kyle Okposo
Arena Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Average attendance 15,334 (41 games)[1]
Team leaders
Goals John Tavares (38)
Assists John Tavares (48)
Points John Tavares (86)
Penalties in minutes Matt Martin (114)
Wins Jaroslav Halak (38)
Goals against average Jaroslav Halak (2.43)

The 2014–15 New York Islanders season was the 43rd season in the franchise's history. This was the team's final full season of play at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.[2] The Islanders competed in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference (NHL) for the second season.

Jaroslav Halak entered the season as the team's new starting goaltender, leading their previous starting goaltender, veteran Evgeni Nabokov, to sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent. Chad Johnson was brought in to be Halak's backup, however he was later traded for Michal Neuvirth who took over the role. John Tavares served as the team's captain for the second season, alongside Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen in their sixth and first seasons, respectively, as alternate captains. Around the midpoint of the season, Cal Clutterbuck was named an alternate captain after an injury sidelined Okposo.

The Islanders qualified for the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs after finishing the season in third place in the Metropolitan Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with 101 points. The playoff berth was the team's second post-season berth in three seasons, having qualified in 2012–13 but not in 2013–14. The team was eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, losing in seven games to the Washington Capitals.

Off-seasonEdit

On May 22, 2014, the Islanders signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a four-year extension to keep him under contract through the 2017–18 season after trading for him from the Washington Capitals for the Blackhawks' fourth-round pick in the 2014 Entry Draft earlier in the month.[3] The Islanders also acquired two defenseman on October 4, 2014, one week before their first regular season game—Johnny Boychuk was traded from the Boston Bruins in exchange for 2015 (used on Brandon Carlo) and 2016 draft picks, while Nick Leddy was traded from the Chicago Blackhawks along with amateur goaltender Kent Simpson in exchange for T. J. Brennan, Ville Pokka and the rights to Anders Nilsson.[4][5]

Regular seasonEdit

October–DecemberEdit

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Before the Islanders began their regular season, Matt Carkner, Calvin de Haan, Michael Grabner and Lubomir Visnovsky were placed on injured reserve (IR), while previous first round Islanders draft picks, rookies Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Strome, impressed the coaching staff enough to make the opening night roster for their first times.[6][7] The team won their first four consecutive games, including a back-to-back against the Carolina Hurricanes in games one and two.[8] de Haan and Visnovsky returned to the team during October, leading to the decision to send Reinhart back to the Islanders' minor league affiliate, the American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Soon after, injuries to Mikhail Grabovski and Josh Bailey led the team to call up Anders Lee from the Sound Tigers. As Lee began to cement his place on the roster and Grabovski was set to return, coaching staff had to make a decision in order to open up a roster spot, as only 23 players maximum are allowed on a team's roster before the trade deadline. Ultimately, rather than sending Lee back, it was Colin McDonald who was placed on waivers, which he cleared on his way to the Sound Tigers.[9] Their 6–4–0 record by the end of October matched their best record in the team's first ten games since the 2001–02 season.[10]

In recent seasons, the Islanders have not had positive results in the month of November. The previous season saw them finish with a November record of 4–13–1.[11] Bailey returned from his hand injury during the month, while Eric Boulton, who had only played three games so far in the season, was placed on IR.[12] They finished the month with an 11–3–0 record, only the second time in franchise history they recorded at least 11 wins in the month of November. It was also the first time they were undefeated in home games (6–0–0) during the month since the 1984–85 season.[13] On November 28, Head Coach Jack Capuano recorded his 300th game with the team, a number not reached since Al Arbour hit the number in the team's early years, with the closest to Capuano being Terry Simpson with 81 Islanders' games coached.[13][14]

As December began, injuries provided setbacks with Michael Grabner and Lubomir Visnovsky returning to the IR, joined by Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic and Casey Cizikas.[15] Visnovsky and Cizikas missed only two and three games respectively, but defenseman Boychuk and Hamonic needed the majority of the month to recover. Griffin Reinhart was recalled from the Sound Tigers at the beginning of the month, but was sent back down once the injured defenseman were set to return.[15] Joining him on the Sound Tigers would be Cory Conacher, who was waived on December 13 after recording only three points in 15 games. Conacher was originally placed on the team's top line, alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, however he did not last long there as the coaching staff began trying out various other players to fill the spot.[16][17] Jaroslav Halak suffered a lower body injury on December 20, after recording his 11th consecutive win earlier in the month and passing the previous franchise record of 10 set by Billy Smith.[18] The injury led to Kevin Poulin being called up from the Sound Tigers; he only played in one game, a 3–4 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres.[19] Halak returned the following game, in a 4–3 overtime win against the Washington Capitals.[20] The team finished the calendar year of 2014 with a share of first place in their division for the first time in 27 years.[21]

January–AprilEdit

The Islanders put together a 6–3–0 January record to bring into the All-Star Game break. Near the beginning of the month, Lubomir Visnovsky was placed back on IR with an upper body injury and would later be joined by Eric Boulton with a lower-body injury, who had been taken off the list about a month prior on December 11 and only played once since. Michael Grabner returned from his lower body injury on January 6 after missing eight games.[22] On January 10, John Tavares was named to the All-Star Game as the sole representative of the Islanders. After injuries to goaltenders Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators, Halak and the Pittsburgh Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury were named as their replacements.[23] At the All-Star Game, Tavares scored four goals, matching an All-Star Game record for an individual player's goals scored, while Halak stopped six of tens shots in the third period; their team, captained by Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, won the game by a record-setting score of 17–12.[24][25] After the break, it was announced that alternate captain Kyle Okposo would miss six-to-eight weeks after receiving an upper-body injury, later revealed to be a detached retina that he had recently received surgery for.[26] The injury led to Cal Clutterbuck being named as an alternate captain.[27] In their first game back from the break, the Islanders defeated the rival New York Rangers, earning their third consecutive victory over the team, all by a gap of three goals; this marked the first time the Islanders won three consecutive games against the Rangers since 2007.[28]

On February 19, Halak tied a franchise record for most wins in a season after earning his 32nd against the Nashville Predators, with 30 saves against 32 shots.[29] He went on to break the record, recording his 33rd win of the season on February 27, in a 2–1 victory over the Calgary Flames.[30] Injuries continued rolling, with Casey Cizikas and Mikhail Grabovski both being placed on IR, with a lower body injury and an upper body injury, respectively. Matt Carkner was removed from IR after spending the entire season sidelined from back surgery, and was sent to the Sound Tigers after clearing waivers.[31] As the team continued their push for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division standings, it was announced that defenseman Nick Leddy signed a seven-year contract worth $38.5 million on February 24.[32]

Going into it, I thought our team deserved an opportunity to build off what they started here in the first three quarters of the season. I think there's a lot of good chemistry and it's a team in that locker room. We didn't want to delete any of the players out of it if we could.
——Islanders General Manager Garth Snow, on the NHL trade deadline[33]

The NHL trade deadline on March 5 ended with the Islanders making four trades. Two of the trades involved minor league players Cory Conacher and David Leggio sent to the Vancouver Canucks and Arizona Coyotes, respectively, in exchange for Dustin Jeffrey and Mark Louis.[34][35] Halak received a new backup goaltender when Chad Johnson was sent to the Buffalo Sabres, with the Islanders picking up Michal Neuvirth in return.[36] General Manager Garth Snow cited Neuvirth's good play during the season and Johnson's relatively poor performance thus far as the reason for the trade; Johnson had attained an 8–8–1 record with a .889 save percentage with the Islanders. Outside of the goaltending change, the main roster went untouched with the exception of adding Tyler Kennedy, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional 2015 draft pick. Snow recognized the team's chemistry as the main reason for not making any major main roster trades.[33] The first game the Islanders played after the trade deadline was set to debut Kennedy, but an upper body injury announced just before the start of the game prevented him from playing.[37] During the game, Matt Martin kneed Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley, resulting in a one-game suspension.[38] With Kennedy injured and Martin suspended, Eric Boulton and Casey Cizikas were activated off of IR before the next game on March 5 against the Nashville Predators after missing 19 and eight games, respectively.[39] The following game featured the debut for Neurvirth with the Islanders, as the team fell in a shootout to the Florida Panthers.[40] Capuano chose to start him again the following game, as Neuvirth picked up his first win with the team in a 4–3 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 9.[41]

Without Nick Leddy, who was injured against the Maple Leafs, the Islanders faced the Rangers on March 10 for their fourth matchup of the season, which ended in a Rangers victory for the first time of the season series.[42] The Islanders dropped their next three as they continued playing short of Leddy, stringing together a four-game losing streak for the first time in the season. During the stretch, Jaroslav Halak missed two games due to a lower-body injury. Halak and Leddy both returned the following game against the New Jersey Devils on March 21, as Halak shut out the Devils in a 3–0 victory.[43] The team's struggles continued as they looked to secure a playoff berth, going 2–3–2 over the next seven games before their trip to the postseason was locked in on April 9; the Florida Panthers defeated the Boston Bruins and eliminated the possibility of the ninth-seeded Bruins catching the Islanders in the standings.[44] Despite having clinched, the following game against the Pittsburgh Penguins had high stakes, with the Penguins still chasing a playoffs spot and the Islanders looking to get the home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs; the Islanders ultimately won, 3–1, and locked up an opening playoff series against the Washington Capitals.[45] The final game of the season, which was also the final regular-season game the Islanders would play at Nassau Coliseum (until the 2018–19 NHL season), was a 5–4 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, as the Islanders were unable to pick up both points with home-ice advantage against the Capitals on the line.[46]

PlayoffsEdit

See also: 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs

The New York Islanders entered the playoffs as the Metropolitan Division's third seed. They lost to the Washington Capitals in seven games.

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2014–15 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

PlayoffsEdit

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statisticsEdit

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File:Matt Martin - New York Islanders.jpg
File:Jaroslav Halak - New York Islanders.jpg

Final stats

Skaters
Regular Season[47] Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares 82 38 48 86 5 46 7 2 4 6 2 2
Okposo, KyleKyle Okposo 60 18 33 51 −8 12 7 2 1 3 1 2
Strome, RyanRyan Strome 81 17 33 50 23 47 7 2 2 4 1 2
Nielsen, FransFrans Nielsen 78 14 29 43 8 12 7 1 1 2 −1 0
Nelson, BrockBrock Nelson 82 20 22 42 6 24 6 2 0 2 1 2
Bailey, JoshJosh Bailey 70 15 26 41 3 12 7 2 3 5 1 0
Lee, AndersAnders Lee 76 25 16 41 9 33 5 0 1 1 −2 7
Leddy, NickNick Leddy 78 10 27 37 18 14 7 0 5 5 0 0
Boychuk, JohnnyJohnny Boychuk 72 9 26 35 15 14 7 0 2 2 −1 2
Hamonic, TravisTravis Hamonic 71 5 28 33 15 85 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kulemin, NikolayNikolay Kulemin 82 15 16 31 7 21 7 1 1 2 0 2
Hickey, ThomasThomas Hickey 81 2 20 22 −12 26 7 0 1 1 5 2
Visnovsky, LubomirLubomir Visnovsky 53 5 15 20 −3 8 4 0 2 2 5 0
Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski 51 9 10 19 3 8 3 0 0 0 −1 0
Cizikas, CaseyCasey Cizikas 70 9 9 18 −2 24 7 1 0 1 1 0
Clutterbuck, CalCal Clutterbuck 76 7 9 16 1 60 7 2 1 3 1 26
Martin, MattMatt Martin 78 8 6 14 −4 114 7 0 1 1 1 12
Grabner, MichaelMichael Grabner 34 8 5 13 4 4 2 0 1 1 1 2
de Haan, CalvinCalvin de Haan 65 1 11 12 3 24 5 0 1 1 −2 2
McDonald, ColinColin McDonald 18 2 6 8 −3 0 2 0 0 0 1 2
Strait, BrianBrian Strait 52 2 5 7 −1 32 7 0 0 0 −3 4
Kennedy, TylerTyler Kennedy

|| 13 || 2 || 3 || 5 || −3 || 2 || 3 || 0 || 0 || 0 || −3 || 2

Donovan, MattMatt Donovan 12 0 3 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 10
Conacher, CoryCory Conacher

|| 15 || 1 || 2 || 3 || −3 || 14 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0

Boulton, EricEric Boulton 10 2 0 2 −1 30 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mouillierat, KaelKael Mouillierat 6 1 1 2 −3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reinhart, GriffinGriffin Reinhart 8 0 1 1 1 6 1 0 0 0 −2 0
Zolnierczyk, HarryHarry Zolnierczyk 2 0 0 0 −1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mayfield, ScottScott Mayfield 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 −1 0
Goaltenders
Regular Season[47]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak 59 59 3550 38 17 4 144 2.43 1673 0.914 6 0 1 2
Johnson, ChadChad Johnson

|| 19 || 17 || 1053 || 8 || 8 || 1 || 54 || 3.08 || 488 || 0.889 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0

Neuvirth, MichalMichal Neuvirth

|| 5 || 5 || 306 || 1 || 3 || 1 || 15 || 2.94 || 126 || 0.881 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0

Poulin, KevinKevin Poulin 1 1 65 0 0 1 3 2.77 26 0.885 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak 7 7 418 3 4 16 2.30 215 0.926 0 0 0 2
Neuvirth, MichalMichal Neuvirth 1 0 11 0 0 0 0.00 6 1.000 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Islanders. Stats reflect time with the Islanders only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Islanders only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Notable achievements Edit

Awards Edit

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Nielsen, FransFrans Nielsen NHL Third Star of the Week[48] October 27, 2014
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak NHL First Star of the Week[49] December 1, 2014
NHL All-Star game replacement selection[23] January 15, 2015
Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares NHL All-Star game selection[50] January 10, 2015
NHL Second Star of the Month (January 2015)[51] February 2, 2015
Okposo, KyleKyle Okposo NHL Third Star of the Week[52] January 19, 2015
Lee, AndersAnders Lee NHL Rookie of the Month (February 2015)[53] March 1, 2015

Milestones Edit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Reinhart, GriffinGriffin Reinhart 1st Career NHL Game October 10, 2014
1st Career NHL Assist December 9, 2014
1st Career NHL Point December 9, 2014
Okposo, KyleKyle Okposo 100th Career NHL Goal October 14, 2014
400th Career NHL Game October 30, 2014
300th Career NHL Point March 24, 2015[54]
Kulemin, NikolayNikolay Kulemin 200th Career NHL Point October 25, 2014
Leddy, NickNick Leddy 100th Career NHL Point November 11, 2014
300th Career NHL Game January 13, 2015
Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak 150th Career NHL Win November 11, 2014
300th Career NHL Game January 4, 2015
32nd win (tied franchise record) February 19, 2015
33rd win (new franchise record) February 27, 2015
Martin, MattMatt Martin 300th Career NHL Game November 22, 2014
Nelson, BrockBrock Nelson 100th Career NHL Game December 9, 2014
Strait, BrianBrian Strait 100th Career NHL Game January 13, 2015
Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares 200th Career NHL Assist January 16, 2015
400th Career NHL Game February 3, 2015
Boychuk, JohnnyJohnny Boychuk 100th Career NHL Point January 29, 2015
Bailey, JoshJosh Bailey 200th Career NHL Point February 3, 2015
Grabner, MichaelMichael Grabner 300th Career NHL Game February 5, 2015
de Haan, CalvinCalvin de Haan 100th Career NHL Game February 7, 2015
Nielsen, FransFrans Nielsen 500th Career NHL Game February 8, 2015
Hamonic, TravisTravis Hamonic 300th Career NHL Game February 17, 2015
100th Career NHL Point February 21, 2015
Mouillierat, KaelKael Mouillierat 1st Career NHL Game February 21, 2015
Mouillierat, KaelKael Mouillierat 1st Career NHL Assist February 24, 2015
1st Career NHL Point February 24, 2015
1st Career NHL Goal February 24, 2015

RosterEdit

Roster as of final playoff game

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
12 Flag of Canada.svg Bailey, JoshJosh Bailey

C L 30 2008 Bowmanville, Ontario
36 Flag of Canada.svg Boulton, EricEric Boulton

LW L 43 2012 Halifax, Nova Scotia
55 Flag of Canada.svg Boychuk, JohnnyJohnny Boychuk

D R 35 2014 Edmonton, Alberta
7 Flag of Canada.svg Carkner, MattMatt Carkner

D R 38 2012 Winchester, Ontario
53 Flag of Canada.svg Cizikas, CaseyCasey Cizikas

C L 28 2009 Toronto, Ontario
15 Flag of Canada.svg Clutterbuck, CalCal Clutterbuck

 (A)

RW R 31 2013 Welland, Ontario
44 Flag of Canada.svg de Haan, CalvinCalvin de Haan

D L 28 2009 Carp, Ontario
46 Flag of the United States Donovan, MattMatt Donovan

D L 29 2008 Edmond, Oklahoma
40 Flag of Austria Grabner, MichaelMichael Grabner

RW L 32 2010 Villach, Austria
84 Flag of Belarus Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski

C L 35 2014 Potsdam, East Germany
41 Flag of Slovakia Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak

G L 34 2014 Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
3 Flag of Canada.svg Hamonic, TravisTravis Hamonic

D R 29 2008 Winnipeg, Manitoba
14 Flag of Canada.svg Hickey, ThomasThomas Hickey

D L 30 2013 Calgary, Alberta
26 Flag of Canada.svg Kennedy, TylerTyler Kennedy

C R 33 2015 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
86 Flag of Russia Kulemin, NikolaiNikolai Kulemin

LW L 33 2014 Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union
2 Flag of the United States Leddy, NickNick Leddy

D L 28 2014 Eden Prairie, Minnesota
27 Flag of the United States Lee, AndersAnders Lee

C L 29 2009 Edina, Minnesota
17 Flag of Canada.svg Martin, MattMatt Martin

LW L 30 2008 Windsor, Ontario
42 Flag of the United States Mayfield, ScottScott Mayfield

D R 29 2011 St. Louis, Missouri
13 Flag of the United States McDonald, ColinColin McDonald

RW R 35 2012 New Haven, Connecticut
48 Flag of Canada.svg Mouillierat, KaelKael Mouillierat

C L 31 2015 Edmonton, Alberta
29 Flag of the United States Nelson, BrockBrock Nelson

C L 28 2010 Warroad, Minnesota
30 Flag of the Czech Republic Neuvirth, MichalMichal Neuvirth

G L 31 2015 Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
51 Flag of Denmark Nielsen, FransFrans Nielsen

 (A)

C L 35 2002 Herning, Denmark
21 Flag of the United States Okposo, KyleKyle Okposo

 (A)

RW R 31 2006 St. Paul, Minnesota
60 Flag of Canada.svg Poulin, KevinKevin Poulin

G R 29 2008 Montreal, Quebec
6 Flag of Canada.svg Pulock, RyanRyan Pulock

D R 25 2013 Grandview, Manitoba
8 Flag of Canada.svg Reinhart, GriffinGriffin Reinhart

D L 25 2012 North Vancouver, British Columbia
37 Flag of the United States Strait, BrianBrian Strait

D L 31 2013 Waltham, Massachusetts
18 Flag of Canada.svg Strome, RyanRyan Strome

C R 26 2011 Mississauga, Ontario
28 Flag of Sweden Sundstrom, JohanJohan Sundstrom

C R 27 2011 Gothenburg, Sweden
91 Flag of Canada.svg Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares

 (C)

C L 29 2009 Mississauga, Ontario
11 Flag of Slovakia Visnovsky, LubomirLubomir Visnovsky

D L 43 2012 Topoľčany, Czechoslovakia

Injuries Edit

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File:Kyle Okposo 2013-05-09.JPG

Updated as of February 15, 2014

New York Islanders 2014–15 player injuries
Player Injury Placed on IR Removed from IR Games missed
Matt Carkner Back September 22, 2014[9] February 15, 2015[31]Template:Efn 56
Calvin de Haan Lower body September 23, 2014[9] October 16, 2014[9] 3
Michael Grabner Lower body September 26, 2014[9] December 3, 2014[15] 24
Lower body December 17, 2014[15] January 6, 2015[22] 8
Undisclosed February 7, 2015[31] February 17, 2015[31] 6
Lubomir Visnovsky Back September 29, 2014[9] October 23, 2014[9] 6
Undisclosed December 3, 2014[15] December 9, 2014[15] 2
Upper body January 4, 2014[22] January 31, 2014[22] 10
Mikhail Grabovski Concussion October 16, 2014[9] October 25, 2014[9] 4
Upper body February 20, 2015[31] April 23, 2015[55] 26
Josh Bailey Hand October 25, 2014[9] November 13, 2014[12] 8
Eric Boulton Lower body November 13, 2014[12] December 11, 2014[15] 12
Lower body January 17, 2015[22] March 5, 2015[39] 19
Travis Hamonic Upper body December 2, 2014[15] December 19, 2014[15] 7
Johnny Boychuk Undisclosed December 3, 2014[15] December 19, 2014[15] 6
Casey Cizikas Upper body December 6, 2014[15] December 15, 2015[56] 3
Lower body February 16, 2015[31] March 5, 2015[39] 8
Jaroslav Halak Lower body December 20, 2014[15] December 28, 2014[15] 3
Kyle Okposo Detached retina[26] January 19, 2015[22] March 10, 2015[39] 22

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Suspensions and fines Edit

Two players received fines during the season, while only Matt Martin received a suspension. Anders Lee was given a $2,286.29 fine on December 9, 2014, for elbowing St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson; the incident occurred during NHL Game No. 397 in New York on December 6, 2014, at 7:15 of the second period.[57] Cal Clutterbuck received a fine on January 28, 2015, for $2,000 due to diving/embellishment, which occurred during NHL Game No. 676 in New York on January 19, 2015, at 19:04 of the second period.[58] Martin received a one-game suspension with a $5,376.34 forfeit on March 5, 2015, for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley in NHL Game No. 948 the day prior; he was ejected from the game and received fifteen total penalty minutes.[38]

TransactionsEdit

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File:Nick Leddy - New York Islanders.jpg

Following the end of the Islanders' 2013–14 season, and during the 2014–15 season, this team has been involved in the following transactions:

Trades Edit

Date
Details
June 27, 2014[59] To Tampa Bay Lightning
2nd-round pick in 2014
MTL's 2nd-round pick in 2014
To New York Islanders
NYR's 1st-round pick in 2014
June 28, 2014[60] To Florida Panthers
3rd-round pick in 2014
To New York Islanders
3rd-round pick in 2015
June 28, 2014[61] To Tampa Bay Lightning
7th-round pick in 2014
To New York Islanders
7th-round pick in 2014
7th-round pick in 2015
October 4, 2014[4] To Boston Bruins
PHI's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (Brandon Carlo)
2nd-round pick in 2016
conditional 3rd-round pick in 2015
To New York Islanders
Johnny Boychuk
October 4, 2014[5] To Chicago Blackhawks
T. J. Brennan
Anders Nilsson
Ville Pokka
To New York Islanders
Nick Leddy
Kent Simpson
November 25, 2014[62] To Vancouver Canucks
Andrey Pedan
To New York Islanders
Alexandre Mallet
3rd-round pick in 2016
March 2, 2015[36] To San Jose Sharks
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2015
To New York Islanders
Tyler Kennedy
March 2, 2015[36] To Buffalo Sabres
Chad Johnson
3rd-round pick in 2016
To New York Islanders
Michal Neuvirth
March 2, 2015[34] To Vancouver Canucks
Cory Conacher
To New York Islanders
Dustin Jeffrey
March 2, 2015[35] To Arizona Coyotes
David Leggio
To New York Islanders
Mark Louis


Free agencyEdit

Free agents acquired
Date Player Former team Contract terms (in U.S. dollars)
July 1, 2014 Chad Johnson Boston Bruins 2 years, $2.6 million[63]
July 1, 2014 T. J. Brennan Toronto Marlies 1 year, $600,000[64]
July 1, 2014 Kael Mouillierat St. John's IceCaps 1 year, $675,000[65]
July 1, 2014 Cory Conacher Buffalo Sabres 1 year, $600,000[66]
July 1, 2014 David Leggio Hershey Bears 1 year, $700,000[67]
July 1, 2014 Jack Skille Columbus Blue Jackets 1 year, $750,000[67]
July 1, 2014 Harry Zolnierczyk Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year, $650,000[67]
July 1, 2014 Mikhail Grabovski Washington Capitals 4 years, $20 million[68]
July 1, 2014 Nikolay Kulemin Toronto Maple Leafs 4 years, $16.75 million[69]
March 31, 2015 Ross Johnston Charlottetown Islanders 3 years, entry-level contract[70]

The Islanders lost two players to free agency on July 1, 2014 – goaltenders Anders Nilsson and Evgeni Nabokov. Nilsson signed a one-year contract with the Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL),[71] while Nabokov signed a one-year, $1.55 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.[72]

The team acquired nine free agents, all on July 1, 2014. Of the nine signed, five players played at least one regular season game with the team – Chad Johnson, Cory Conacher, Harry Zolnierczyk, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolay Kulemin, though Conacher and Zolnierczyk have spent the majority of the season with the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Waivers transactions Edit

One player was picked up off waivers during the season – Jack Skille was claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 5, 2014.[73] Seven other players were put on waivers by the Islanders during the season and sent to the Sound Tigers once cleared: David Leggio, Kevin Poulin, Harry Zolnierczyk, Aaron Ness, Colin McDonald, Cory Conacher and Matt Carkner.[9][15] Poulin, Zolnierczyk, and McDonald were all recalled to the Islanders at least once during the regular season.[74][75]

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms (in U.S. dollars)
July 15, 2014 Casey Cizikas 2 years, $2 million[76]
July 15, 2014 Calvin de Haan 3 years, $5.9 million[77]
July 24, 2014 Kevin Poulin 1 year, $650,000[78]
September 29, 2014 Michael Dal Colle 3 years, $9.375 million entry-level contract[79]
October 4, 2014 Joshua Ho-Sang 3 years, $3.4125 million entry-level contract[80]
February 24, 2015 Nick Leddy 7 years, $38.5 million contract extension[32]
March 12, 2015 Johnny Boychuk 7 years, $42 million contract extension[81]
April 2, 2015 Stephon Williams 2 years, entry-level contract[82]
April 8, 2015 Kyle Burroughs 3 years, entry-level contract[83]

Draft picksEdit

File:Michael Dal Colle.jpg

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 27–28, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Islanders finished 26th overall in the league standings during the 2013–14 season, to secure the fifth overall pick.

The team's two second-round picks went to the Tampa Bay Lightning as a result of a trade on June 27, 2014 that sent a 2014 first-round pick to the Islanders. Their third-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as a result of a trade on that sent a 2015 third-round pick to the Islanders. The Islanders' fifth-round pick and Thomas Vanek were traded to the Montreal Canadiens on March 5, 2014 in exchange for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second-round pick in 2014; the condition was based on the Candiens qualifying for the 2014 playoffs.[84] The team's seventh-round pick went to the Lightning as a result of a trade that sent the Lightning's seventh round picks in 2014 and 2015 to the Islanders.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 5 Michael Dal Colle LW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
1 28Template:Efn Joshua Ho-Sang C/RW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
3 78Template:Efn Ilya Sorokin G Flag of Russia Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk (KHL)
4 95 Linus Soderstrom G Flag of Sweden Sweden Djurgardens IF (Sweden-Jr)
4 108Template:Efn Devon Toews D Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quinnipiac Bobcats (ECAC Hockey)
6 155 Kyle Schempp C Flag of the United States United States Ferris State University (WCHA)
7 200Template:Efn Lukas Sutter C Flag of the United States United States Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

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