Nino Niederreiter won't attend the Islanders' prospect camp this summer.
Players are required to attend three times, but after that they can choose not to come and Niederreiter is exercising that option. Niederreiter's relationship appears to be shaky with the Islanders right now. He wasn't invited to the team's training camp and he wasn't part of the Bridgeport contingent that was recalled when the big club made the playoffs to practice as the team's Black Aces squad. Niederreiter's camp was reportedly seeking a trade back in January, but he's still with the Islanders' organization.
David Ullstrom has signed with HC Lokomotiv, according to the KHL club.
Ullstrom split time between the Islanders and their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport during the lockout-shortened season. He picked up five points in 20 NHL outings and in 33 contests with the Sound Tigers he had 26 points.
John Tavares ranked third in the vote for the Hart Trophy.
Tavares had 28 goals and 47 points in 48 games in 2013. Over the past four seasons, he's established himself as an elite player and led the young Islanders to the playoffs. With former captain Mark Streit gone, it wouldn't be surprising to see Tavares wear the 'C' next season.
Despite the fact that he received only two minor penalties this season, Matt Moulson did not win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship.
The trophy is awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." Moulson has registered 113 points in 129 games over the past two seasons and has been assessed a grand total of five minor penalties over that span. Yet, he lost the trophy last season to Florida's Brian Campbell and this season to Tampa's Martin St. Louis. We are betting 2013-14 is his year.
Shane Harper has been sent to the New York Islanders, along with a fourth-round draft pick in 2014, in exchange for the rights to defenseman Mark Streit.
Harper registered 10 points and 35 penalty minutes in 48 games with AHL Adirondack. He also had 14 goals and 27 points in 15 contests with Trenton of the ECHL.
The New York Islanders and Joshua Bailey will begin contract negotiations soon, according to ESPN New York's Katie Strang.
Bailey is scheduled to be a restricted free agent this summer. The former first-round pick never really lived up to expectations, failing to surpass 35 points in his five seasons with the Isles. Still, Bailey should get a decent raise from the $1.3 million he made last year. The former Barrie Colt remains one of the Isles' young building blocks and there's no question the team would like to have him back next season assuming Bailey's camp is reasonable.
The Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders will play a 2013 preseason game in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Although Barrie is much closer to Ottawa than Nassau County, it's the Islanders that have the most connection to the home of the OHL's Barrie Colts. New York's John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas all played for the Colts during their time in junior. The game is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2013.