The Islanders have placed Mikhail Grabovski (upper-body) on IR retroactive to March 16th, 2016.
Grabovski failed his physical last week and his movement to injured reserve this morning enforces that he won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. With Grabovski out, it leaves the door open for an Islanders’ prospect like Mathew Barzal to crack the opening night roster.
Grabovski (concussion) not cleared to skate at the start of training camp.
Grabovski appeared in just 11 games after January because of concussion issues and it doesn’t look like he will be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. Grabovski’s injury leaves a roster spot open for someone like Mathew Barzal to make the team on opening night.
The Islanders signed Ryan Strome to a two-year, $5 million contract ($2.5M AAV).
Strome, 23, was a restricted free agent who is coming off of a tough year. The 23-year-old had just 28 points (8G / 20A) in 71 games with the Islanders and was sent to Bridgeport (AHL) for a period of time. The former fifth overall pick (2011) had 17 goals and 33 assists (50 points) in 2014-15, showcasing his high-end offensive ability. He is an intriguing late-round pick for 2016-17.
The Islanders signed Christopher Gibson to a one-year, two-way contract.
Gibson, 23, spent the majority of the 2015-16 season with Bridgeport (AHL), where he went 19-11-6 with a 2.70 GAA and .909 SV% in 42 games. He also appeared in four games with the Islanders, going 1-1-1 with a 3.40 GAA and .882 SV%. Gibson will be fourth on the Islanders’ depth chart and start the 2016-17 season as the Sound Tigers’ starter.
The Islanders and Alan Quine agreed to terms on a two-year deal on July 13th.
After playing 192 games over three seasons with Bridgeport (AHL), Quine finally made it the NHL at the end of the 2015-16 season. Quine appeared in two regular season games and 10 playoff games, collecting a combined two goals and four assists. He will try to hold onto that spot in training camp this Fall.
The Islanders signed Jean-Francois Berube to a one-year deal.
Berube, 24, was hampered by a lower-body injury early in 2015-16, limiting him to just 12 games between the NHL and AHL. In seven games with the Islanders, he was 3-2-0 with a 2.71 GAA and .914 SV%. In his brief time with Bridgeport, he was 4-1-0 with an impressive 1.25 GAA and .960 SV%. Berube will continue to serve as the Islanders’ third goalie behind Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss.
The Islanders signed P.A. Parenteau to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million.
Parenteau had the best year of his NHL career in his final year with the Islanders—18 goals and 49 assists (67 points) in 2011-12—but has played for three teams in four years since. Parenteau is coming off of a 20-goal, 21-assist season with the Maple Leafs and now he returns to the Islanders where he will look to re-kindle the chemistry with his old teammates, particularly John Tavares.
The Islanders re-signed Shane Prince to a two-year extension.
Prince, 23, was acquired from Ottawa at the trade deadline and had five points (3G / 2A) in 20 games with the Islanders to go wit the 12 points (3G / 9A) he had with the Senators before the trade. He is destined for a bottom-6 role with the Islanders again in 2016-17.
The Islanders signed Jason Chimera to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million ($2.25M AAV).
The Islanders lost a bottom-6 forward in Matt Martin, so they’ve added 37-year-old Chimera to the fold, bringing some experience and speed to their third or fourth line. He is coming off of a strong season in Washington, having collected 20 goals and 20 assists (40 points) in 82 games.
The Islanders signed Andrew Ladd to a seven-year deal worth $38.5 million ($5.5M AAV).
After spending five and a half years with the Winnipeg Jets, he had a reunion with the Blackhawks after being acquired at the Trade Deadline, but he wasn’t enough to propel them to another Stanley Cup. He had 12 points (8G / 4A) in 19 games with Chicago and 25 goals, 21 assists (46 points) in 78 games overall. Ladd will fill the hole left by Kyle Okposo’s departure to Buffalo and should find himself playing alongside John Tavares in 2016-17.