• Isles' Boychuk Gets First Point Of Playoffs

    News: Johnny Boychuk captured an assist, attempted four shots, and was credited with six blocks and four takeaways in Saturday's Game 6 win over the Capitals.
    Analysis: The assist gave Johnny Boychuk his first point since Game 1, but it was his work in front of the Isles' net Saturday that kept the team's playoff hopes alive. The Capitals had a golden opportunity to tie the game with around five minutes remaining in the third period, but Jay Beagle's shot ricocheted off the crossbar behind the Isles' Jaroslav Halak before Boychuk came in to whisk the puck to safety under Halak's body. Plays like that are precisely why the Isles were willing to pony up $42 million to keep Boychuk off the free-agent market.
  • Isles' Boychuk Dishes 26th Assist

    News: Johnny Boychuk notched an assist, and prompted an interference call for two PIM in Thursday's loss to Columbus.
    Analysis: Boychuck is paying significant dividends to fantasy owners in his first year with the Islanders. The 31-year-old blueliner has collected eight goals and 26 assists, both career highs. It's clear that Johnny Boychuk has benefited from a heavy workload (21:36 TOI average), with an average of 2:44 on the man advantage.
  • Isles Extend Boychuk Seven Years, $42 Million

    News: Johnny Boychuk signed a seven-year, $42 million contract extension with the Islanders on Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
    Analysis: It was initially considered a radical idea for the Islanders to trade for the soon-to-be-free agent Johnny Boychuk in October following a losing season, but the surprising successes of both team and player prompted both parties willing to extend the union further. The $6 million cap hit is a hefty price to pay for an over-30 player in the midst of his first 30-point campaign, but even if the offense dries up by the latter end of the deal, Boychuk should still remain tough on the defensive end. With Nick Leddy agreeing to an extension a couple weeks earlier, the Islanders will now have their top defensive pairing in tact for several years to come.
  • Two Helpers For Isles' Boychuk

    News: Boyhuck notched a pair of assists Thursday evening in a 4-3 win over Nashville.
    Analysis: He picked up secondary assists on the game-tying and lead-taking tallies. Johnny Boychuk's already sitting on a career high with 32 points in 56 games this year, and he's been a reliable presence for your fantasy nets.
  • Boychuk Tallies Two Points In Isles' Win

    News: Johnny Boychuk scored a goal, added a power-play assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's victory over Nashville.
    Analysis: He continues to build on his career-high point total, which is now at 28. Prior to Thursday's game, however, February had been a cold month for the blueliner, as he'd previously tallied just a lonely goal in nine games since the calendar flipped to the season's fifth frame.
  • Isles' Boychuk Fires Off Eight Shots Saturday

    News: Johnny Boychuk fired off eight shots but didn't pick up any points in a loss against his former Bruins mates Saturday.
    Analysis: The 31-year-old has been held off the score sheet for four consecutive games, but it shouldn't put a damper on what has already amounted to a splendid campaign. With 25 points in 42 games, Johnny Boychuk has already established a new career best for scoring in a season.
  • Isles' Boychuk (Undisclosed) Returns

    News: Johnny Boychuk (undisclosed) returned in the third period of Thursday's game against the Flyers, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
    Analysis: Johnny Boychuk appeared to injured his leg in the second period of Thursday's contest, and it appeared to possibly be serious after being helped off the ice. However, he has returned, so the injury must not have been serious in the end.
  • Isles' Boychuk Helped Off Ice With Injury

    News: Johnny Boychuk had to be helped off the ice after blocking a shot in the second period of Thursday's game against the Flyers.
    Analysis: Different reports indicate different injury spots, but it appears the overlying theme is that it is somewhere on his leg. The team will likely run tests on the ailing area, and report back with an update at some point in the near future, but the fact that he needed to be helped off the ice could indicate a more serious injury.
  • Isles Trying To Re-Sign Boychuk

    News: The Islanders and Johnny Boychuk have begun negotiations on a new contract, according to the SNY.tv.
    Analysis: These negotiations aren't expected to end anytime soon, but while it once looked unlikely that Johnny Boychuk would end up re-signing with the Islanders, it may now be just as unlikely that he leaves. The Isles have also received inquiries if they would be interested in trading Boychuk should these negotiations break down, but that seems highly improbable at this time.
  • Isles' Boychuk Notches Two Helpers

    News: Johnny Boychuk collected two assists -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
    Analysis: That's the second straight two-assist game for Johnny Boychuk, and he also went plus-2 (bringing his mark for the last three games to plus-8) while notching a season-high six blocked shots. In the process, Boychuk set a new career high in points with 24, surpassing last year's 23.