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Islanders' five questions include Reinhart's readiness

Friday, 08.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The New York Islanders failed to build off their appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013 and finished in the bottom five of the NHL standings last season. General manager Garth Snow has spent this offseason working diligently to add depth and fill the holes that were visible in 2013-14, particularly in goal.

With the additions of goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson and forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin, the Islanders are deeper -- at least on paper -- than they have been in years. Now it's up to them to find a way back to the playoffs.

This season will be the Islanders' last at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum before they move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the start of the 2015-16 season. Coach Jack Capuano, who returns for a fourth full season in New York, would obviously like to make the Islanders' final season in Nassau County a memorable one.

Here are five questions facing the Islanders:

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Veteran additions strengthen Islanders lineup

Friday, 08.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

This has been the best offseason for the New York Islanders since they chose John Tavares with the top pick of the 2009 NHL Draft.

The Islanders filled major needs, improved their NHL-quality depth and still possess an assortment of prospects that could help fetch the last piece or two needed to be a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference.

Goaltending has been an issue for years. If newcomers Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson provide nothing more than League-average work it would be an enormous upgrade. Frans Nielsen has been solid behind Tavares in the middle, but adding Mikhail Grabovski (and his pal Nikolai Kulemin) should make this the deepest group of forwards Tavares has been given the chance to play with.

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Islanders stock up for last season at Nassau Coliseum

Friday, 08.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

The New York Islanders will be the first to tell you their 2013-14 season was a massive disappointment.

After giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a scare in the opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Islanders were expected to build off their first postseason appearance in six years. They didn't come close to meeting those expectations.

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Islanders' top 10 prospects led by Reinhart, defense

Friday, 08.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The New York Islanders have quietly assembled one of the finer pipeline pools of defensive prospects in the NHL, and there's a good chance one of them will help fortify the back end this season.

Griffin Reinhart, a 2012 first-round selection (No. 4), provides the organization with a 6-foot-4, 205-pound shutdown defenseman mature beyond his years. But Reinhart is one of several top defenders in the system, leaving general manager Garth Snow and his staff with some tough decisions to make in September.

The Islanders already have Calvin de Haan, 23; Travis Hamonic, 23; Thomas Hickey, 25; Kevin Czuczman, 23; and TJ Brennan, 25; also in the hunt for positions along the blue line this season. Lubomir Visnovsky is expected to serve as the veteran presence on defense.

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Lehner, Senators agree to terms on three-year contract

Thursday, 07.31.2014 / 10:09 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Goaltender Robin Lehner and the Ottawa Senators have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with an average annual value of $2.225 million, the team announced Thursday.

Lehner, 23, went 12-15-6 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 36 games (30 starts) last season. He will be paid $1.5 million this season, $2.025 million next season and $3.15 million in 2016-17.

"We quite honestly spent a long time this summer trying to get a long-term deal done," Lehner told the Senators website. "It turned into a three-year deal which I'm very happy with too.

"I think it's just, from both sides, they wanted me in Ottawa and I've tried to make my point that Ottawa is the place I want to be but, of course, I've got to deserve to be there a long time and that's what my goal is. You never know what the future holds."

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Thornton eager to bring his experience to Panthers

Thursday, 07.31.2014 / 6:25 PM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

Shawn Thornton first got to know Dale Tallon more than a decade ago. Now that the two have been reunited with the Florida Panthers, the veteran forward knows exactly what his new general manager expects from him.

"At this point, I know my role and the job fairly well," Thornton told South Florida media members Thursday. "Dale didn't need to stress it too much to me. We've known each other for a long time and I think he knows how self-aware I am, if I'm self-aware at all, and what he needs to tell me. So there wasn't too much being said, except that he was excited that I was excited to come there. I was very pleased that they were as interested."

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Stars re-sign forward Glennie to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.31.2014 / 5:56 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Scott Glennie was re-signed to a one-year, two-way contract by the Dallas Stars, the team announced Thursday. No other terms were disclosed.

Glennie, 23, was the Stars' first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft but has played only one NHL game with Dallas, on April 7, 2012. He has spent the past three seasons with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, and had a career-high 15 goals and 28 points in 2013-14. He also scored six goals and had 10 points in 20 games to help Texas win the Calder Cup.

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Top '14 picks among WJC summer camp participants

Thursday, 07.31.2014 / 3:47 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Two players taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft will be among the European players taking part in the USA Hockey national junior evaluation camp being held Aug. 2-9 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The camp is one of the first steps toward building the teams that will play in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Among the players taking part for defending gold medalist Finland is forward Kasperi Kapanen, who plays for KalPa in Liiga, Finland's top professional league. He was picked by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 22nd pick in the first round.

Kapanen likely would have been on the team that won the tournament last year were it not for a shoulder injury that sidelined him for a month.

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Spaling, Penguins agree to terms on two-year contract

Thursday, 07.31.2014 / 10:12 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Nick Spaling and the Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms on a two-year, $4.4 million contract, the team announced Thursday.

The sides were scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto later Thursday.

The 25-year-old was acquired by the Penguins from the Nashville Predators on June 28, along with forward Patric Hornqvist, in a trade for forward James Neal.

Spaling had career-bests of 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games with the Predators last season.

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Jets agree to terms with forward Halischuk

Wednesday, 07.30.2014 / 10:51 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with forward Matt Halischuk on a one-year, two-way contract worth $725,000, the team announced Wednesday.

Halischuk, 26, played 46 games with the Jets last season and had five goals, five assists and six penalty minutes. He was out from Dec. 14 until March 4 after sustaining a broken arm.

"... It was nice to get back and get healthy and get some games in before the end of the season to start the summer off on a good note," Halischuk told the Winnipeg Sun. "It's been great to be healthy this summer and I'm looking forward to coming into camp and having a good camp."

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It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.

— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players