The Islanders have signed goaltender Kevin Poulin to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K.
Poulin, 24, was 11-16-1 with a 3.29 GAA and .891 SV% in 26 starts and 28 appearances with the Islanders last year. He will start this season in the AHL and will not see playing time on Long Island unless Jaroslav Halak or Chad Johnson fall victim to injury.
The Islanders signed the last of their restricted free-agents when they inked Calvin de Haan to a three-year deal worth $5.9 million.
de Haan, 23, had three goals and 13 assists (16 points) with a minus-7 rating in 51 games in his first full season with the Islanders. The 2009 12th overall pick played a key role on the Isles blueline, averaging 21:01 TOI, playing on both the power-play and penalty-kill. de Haan should play 20-plus minutes and is a candidate for 20-plus points in 2014-15.
The Islanders signed Casey Cizikas to a two-year, $2 million deal on Tuesday.
Cizikas, 23, plays a strong two-way game. He had six goals and 10 assists (16 points) in 80 games with the Isles last season. He averaged 13:22 TOI per game, and 2:25 of that was spent on the penalty kill. That led all Islanders forwards and ranked fourth on the team.
Restricted free-agent Matt Donovan accepts qualifying offer of $826,875 from the New York Islanders.
Donovan, 24, was the 96th overall pick in 2008, but 2013-14 was his first full NHL season. He recorded 16 points (2G / 14A) with a minus-9 rating in 52 games with the Isles. Donovan will enter camp and fight for a regular role on a fairly young blueline.
The Islanders signed Nikolai Kulemin to a four-year, $16.75 million dollar contract.
Kulemin tallied nine goals and added 11 assists (20 points) in 70 games with the Maple Leafs. He spent the first six years of his career with Toronto, and 2013-14 was his worst year. The former 30 goal scorer has tallied just 23 goals over the last three seasons (188 games played). He could play with John Tavares, which would boost his fantasy value or he may be re-united with Mikhail Grabovski.
The Islanders signed Mikhail Grabovski to a four-year, $20 million dollar deal.
Grabovski was limited to 58 games by injuries in 2013-14. He had a strong start to the year and finished with 13 goals and 22 assists (35 points). He joins the Islanders, who now have three good centres with Grabo, John Tavares and Frans Nielsen. He is also reunited with Nikolai Kulemin, the two played together in Toronto from 2008-13.
The Islanders signed Jaroslav Halak to a four-year deal worth $16 million back on May 22.
Halak was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Islanders acquired his rights from the Washington Capitals on May 1 in a trade for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Halak won 29 games this season. He was fourth in the NHL with five shutouts and eighth with a 2.25 goals-against average.
Nilsson stopped 25 of 27 shots in a win over the Devils on Friday. He snapped a two game losing streak and moved to 7-7-2 with a 3.13 GAA and .894 SV% on the year. He makes so a solid spot-start for people in dire need of goalie numbers on the last day of the fantasy hockey and NHL regular season.
Johnson leads the Bruins onto the ice for warmups.
Johnson allowed one goal on 37 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Jets on Thursday. Today, he will start behind a patchwork Bruins line-up with a bunch of key players resting. He has been excellent all season long, but the team in front of him this afternoon makes him a risky spot-start.
Nilsson allowed three goals on 31 shots in a loss to the Senators on Tuesday. He has lost two in a row while allowing seven goals on 64 shots (.890 SV%). Tonight, the Isles are in New Jersey to face the Devils. In Nilsson's only start against the Devils he stopped23 of 24 shots in a 2-1 shootout win.
Halak allowed two goals on 31 shots in a loss to the Devils last Friday. He sat for the last three games, but will face the Blackhawks tonight. Halak is 4-4-3 with a 2.53 GAA and .923 SV% with the Capitals, but has lost his last five in a row. He was 2-0-0 vs. the Hawks with the Blues
The Islanders have recalled Justin Johnson from Bridgeport (AHL).
Johnson, 32, is in his first season with Bridgeport and the 6-foot-1, 200 pound forward has just five points (1G / 4A) but 183 penalty minutes in 48 games this season. The Anchorage, Alaska native could make his NHL debut tonight.
Johnson leads the Bruins onto the ice for warmups.
Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off of the ice at the morning skate, but that is why that is likely and not Confirmed. Johnson will get the nod vs. the Jets in the Bruins third to last game of the season. Johnson is an amazing 17-3-2 with a 2.12 GAA and .923 SV% this season. He makes for a great spot-start, but it is probably too late… Claude Julien gets us again.
Clutterbuck (upper-body) will miss the rest of the regular season.
Clutterbuck left Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury and did not return. The Islanders' season is all but over, so they will keep all injured players out for the rest of the year. Clutterbuck scored 12 goals and added seven assists in 73 games this season. As we have grown accustomed to seeing, Clutterbuck is once again in the top-5 in hits with 270 on the season.