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Sean Backman, a 26-year-old forward who scored 18 points in 67 games with the Islanders AHL club, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal.
The 5-foot-8 Cos Cob, Conn., native played four years at Yale University. Terms were not announced, but Backman, a restricted free agent, earned $45,000 in the AHL last season....Read more »
Seeking a larger raise than the five percent minimum required in qualifying offers, Islanders forward Matt Martin and defenseman Ty Wishart did not accept their offers and remain restricted free agents, the team announced Monday.
Martin, 23, earned $615,000 in salary last season, plus bonuses, for a cap hit of $852,500. He appeared in 80 games, with seven goals and seven assists and accrued...Read more »
After the Isles' mini-splash on Sunday's opening day of the free-agent market, the gaping holes in their roster were filled. Even though there are still plenty of players on the market, indications are that GM Garth Snow, coach Jack Capuano and the rest of the staff are going with what they've got.
There will be some feelers out for veterans as training camp draws closer, as the Islanders...Read more »
In 2011-2012, almost 15 percent of all NHL games were decided by the shootout, accounting for 181 extra points in the league standings. The Islanders, who went 7-4 in shootouts last season, bolstered their already-strong shootout effort by signing Brad Boyes to a 1-year contract. In his prime, Boyes was a formidable offensive threat, scoring 43 goals and 65 points with St. Louis in 2007-2008,...Read more »
A quiet day 2 of free agency for everyone in the league, not just the Isles, but D Bryce Salvador, one of Garth Snow's reach targets, has informed the Isles that they are out of the running.
Salvador has yet to decide on a team, with numerous offers on the table, but he has informed Snow and the Isles that he won't be going there....Read more »