Your New York Islanders qualified a few players on Monday.
D, Matt Donovan re-signed with the Islanders organization on a 1-year, two-way contract worth $826,875 ($65,000 in Bridgeport.) Donovan was selected 96th overall in the fourth round by The Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He was 2 & 14 for 16 points last season and although he needs more seasoning to reach the NHL level on a regular basis, Donovan showed flashes of a solid two-way defender on the Isles blue line.
F, Brett Gallant re-signed with New York on a 1-year, two-way deal worth $605,000. The 6’0, 190# enforcer brings big-league toughness and grit to the BST or Isles line up when he is on the ice. Over the last 3 seasons, Gallant has played 84 games for the Sound Tigers & amassed 355 PIM’s. In 4 games with the Isles last season, Gallant answered the call of established NHL enforcers and did more than hold his own against them.
F, Casey Cizikas was re-signed to a 2-year, $2M contract. Cizikas was the Islanders fourth round selection, 92nd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He had 6 & 10 for 16 points in 80 games for New York last season. Cizikas took responsibility for a disappointing 2013-14 season on the stat sheet and vowed to improve his results next season. He is a high energy player who can change the flow of a game and has the capacity to score the big goal, like he did in game 4 of the Isles playoff win against Pittsburgh. Cizikas has a Silver and a Gold medal for Team Canada in WJC and U-17 Worlds.
D, Calvin de Haan accepted at 3-year, $5.9 million contract. de Haan was selected by the Isles 12th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. De Haan scored 3 & 13 for 16 points for the Isles in 51 games in his 2013-14 rookie campaign. He was instrumental in improving the team’s suspect defense& PK efforts last season after being called up from the BST. De Haan is a two time Silver medal winner for Team Canada in the WJC’s.
These latest deals put the Isles $7M above the cap floor and raise their payroll to 17th in the NHL. Kevin Poulin remains unqualified and has an arbitration hearing on July 30th.
In other team news, The Islanders placed Kirill Kabanov on unconditional waivers. Kabanov was drafted by the Isles in 2010 in the 3rd round. Although he had first round talent, he had fallen in the draft order for apparent behavioral issues which, according to reports were never fully corrected. Tony Stabile reports that Kabanov had been late the first day of training camp, and then a again a few days later. Also, that Garth Snow said that cost Kabonov an ELC that first year. Chris Botta adds, “Memory of Kirill Kabanov: Each time I finally tracked down his latest agent's contact info, he had a new agent. Had at least 6.”
Kabanov had this to say on his Face Book account, “I think it is time to say goodbye to all NY Islanders fans. Thank you for all your wishes and for great support through all those years. It was my choice to move and huge respect to Garth for understanding. I spend 4 years with the Islanders organization and never had a chance to play even in AHL for them. But I still appreciate Islanders Medical staff for being with me after injury i get my first year in Bridgeport. and all the staff in Islanders organization.. And specially fans . You will be my friends forever no matter what team i will play in the future. I made great friends and fall in love with Long Island, but it is time to move.” Matt Saidman point out, “Kabanov played 32 games for Bridgeport in 2012-13 (48 overall) before getting hurt, then 16 more in 2013-14 before getting reassigned to ECHL Stockton.”
Missed the Isles Blue & White Scrimmage, or want to watch the full replay? Watch it here.
Per Eric Hornick, “Ex- Isles, G. Dineen & D. King named Head Coach & Associate HC of AHL Toronto Marlies.”
Per Chris Botta, “NHL sources: Wang has heard from "multiple" interested parties for Isles sale - beyond Barroway. CW deciding if he wants to sell.”