Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist in Switzerland's 3-0 victory over Team USA.
Niederreiter didn't play for the Islanders this season, but he might break out in 2013-14 after getting some seasoning in the AHL. Julian Walker and Reto Suri accounted for Switzerland's other two goals. Reto Berra turned aside 29 shots for the shutout. Team USA will compete against Finland in the Bronze Medal Game while Sweden and Switzerland will battle for the Gold Medal.
Brad Boyes is eligible for unrestricted free agency this July.
He joins defenseman Mark Streit and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov as key potential UFAs who the Islanders should retain for the 2013-14 campaign. Boyes registered 10 goals and 35 points in 48 games during the truncated regular season, while primarily on a line with John Tavares and Matt Moulson. Tavares thinks that the Isles should re-sign those three players too. "I hope we'll see all those guys back," he said. "The leadership they brought [meant] leaps and bounds for us getting over the hump in a lot of ways."
Evgeni Nabokov's agent spoke to Islanders GM Garth Snow four weeks ago, according to the veteran goaltender, but there haven't been any contract talks since then.
The two sides held conversations on an extension earlier in the season, but those broke off as well. "I think Garth will make his decision," Nabokov said. "I told him I would like to stay, but we were fighting for the playoffs and nothing was going on. Now we have to see." Nabokov posted 23-11-7 record with a 2.50 GAA and a .910 save percentage during the regular season prior to struggling in the playoffs against Pittsburgh's high-powered offense. Coach Jack Capuano praised Nabokov for his body of work over the season though. The 37-year-old goalie will become an unrestricted free agent this summer if a new contract isn't worked out with New York.
Mark Streit, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, wants to stay on Long Island.
"I've said it all along, I want to be back," Streit said. The Islanders captain posted six goals and 27 points in 48 games this season, while collecting five points in six playoff contests. Streit has played for the Islanders for the last four years and the two sides had reportedly started working on an extension prior to the end of the regular season.
John Tavares plans to work hard during the off-season to continue his development.
"I just don't want to stop here. I want to keep getting better," he said after the Islanders were eliminated from the playoffs in the opening round by Pittsburgh. "It's my goal to help this team win a Stanley Cup and if I can improve myself in any way, that's what I'm going to do." Any success the team enjoys in the years to come will probably be directly impacted by the play of Tavares, who proved his worth this year by being selected as a Hart Trophy finalist.