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Isles Acquire Defenseman Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk

It appeared that this rainy Saturday would be nothing but a dreary day on Long Island with every resident hoping for a few rays of sunshine to brighten up the day. Well, the sun may not have appeared from behind the clouds, but things are certainly shining bright after the New York Islanders made some bold trades that have drastically improved their roster.

The New York Islanders have acquired defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins and Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Will Griffin Reinhart Make The Cut?

Despite the New York Islanders still needing to add a top-four defenseman to their blue line to help ensure themselves a chance at making the playoffs next season, they still have an abundance of d-men that are ready to compete for a regular spot in the line-up.

Travis Hamonic, Calvin de Haan, Lubomir Visnovsky, and Thomas Hickey are likely four guaranteed defenseman to play on a nightly basis. Matt Carkner, Matt Donovan and Brian Strait are three blue liners that will play as well, solidifying six defenseman with one ready to sit and play when called upon.

And there is Griffin Reinhart.

Flyers Reach ECHL Agreement with Reading Royals

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today a new ECHL affiliation.

The Flyers have reached a two-year agreement with the Reading Royals to become a part of the Flyers' system, joining the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL).

It is the first time since 1997-98 that the Flyers will have an all-Pennsylvania based farm system when the Philadelphia Phantoms and Johnstown Chiefs were in their system.

Johan Sundstrom Recalled By The New York Islanders

The New York Islanders have recalled Johan Sundstrom from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers due to Michael Grabner being out of the line-up with a concussion.

Ryan Strome And Anders Lee Look NHL Ready

Although the New York Islanders have been surrounded with lots of negative attention these days, there is a positive and hopeful story that has been emerging and has almost gone unnoticed (Photo credit: mandelux12/Flickr).

Ryan Strome and Anders Lee have been nothing short of excellent since their recent call-up back to the New York Islanders.

Catching Up With Brian Boucher

Last Thursday, I spoke on the phone with former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.

Boucher retired from hockey back in October when he was released from EV Zug, a team from the National League A in Switzerland after playing five games.

I called Boucher for a different story I was doing for the Press of Atlantic City. Along with a handful of Flyers and New Jersey Devils alumni, Boucher was playing in the Red Line Classic: Battle of the Boards at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Sunday. Team Orange, the team Boucher played on, beat Team White 8-7.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Islanders Trade Deadline Preview

The NHL trade deadline is scheduled for March 5th, just a few days shy from officially being one month away. Typically, that would leave for plenty of hockey to be played between now and then, but that isn't the case this year with the Winter Olympics coming up in just a little over a week.

In fact, there are only seven NHL games to be played between now and then.

They currently hold a 21-28-8 record that is good for 50 points and 14th in the Eastern Conference. They are also 10 points away from the eighth placed Philadelphia Flyers.

With the Islanders having lost their last five games in a row, all signs point to this team becoming sellers at the deadline.

Isles Look To Continue Winning Ways Against Hurricanes

The New York Islanders look to continue their winning ways tonight as they face the Carolina Hurricanes in a division-rival match-up.

The Islanders are currently on a three-game winning streak and have won five of their last seven games.

Ryan Strome Will Provide Hope For The Future

There is all but little hope for the New York Islanders to resurrect this season from the dead as they continue to plummet to the bottom of the NHL standings, having now lost 12 of their last 13 games after a 1-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens last night at the Coliseum (Photo credit: jennkuhn4/Flickr).

But there is Ryan Strome; a young scorer who should provide the Isles faithful with a glimmer of hope for the future.

Ryan Strome Awarded AHL Rookie Of The Month & AHL Player Of The Week

The New York Islanders 1st round pick and 5th overall in 2011 has been given the honor of being named the AHL rookie of the month for November and player of the week going into December.