New York Islanders Sign Bracken Kearns
The New York Islanders have signed forward Bracken Kearns to a one year, two-way extension to stay with the club.
Newsday’s Arthur Staple revealed on Twitter that the New York Islanders have signed 35-year-old forward Bracken Kearns to a one-year, two-way deal today. Financial details of the deal were not yet released by the team.
Kearns was a pending unrestricted free agent coming off a similar single year deal worth $775,000 in the NHL and $150,000 in the AHL according to capfriendly.com.
This is by no means a major move for the New York Islanders. Kearns rarely featured for the Islanders during the season. Playing twice for the senior club during the 2015-16 season notching a single assist.
The signing was rather meant to lock up one of the franchise’s AHL veterans for another year. Kearns played the majority of his year for the Islanders AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In Bridgeport Kearns played 73 games and contributed 53 points.
With a number of talent youngsters such as Mathew Barzal and Joshua Ho-Sang who may likely spend time in Bridgeport, locking up your leading AHL scorer and veteran adds a dimension of leadership.
Kearns probably won’t be tasked with teaching them how to be elite NHL talents, but can show them the ropes on how to be a professional hockey player. Lessons that are often very much overlooked in the development of young talent.
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Kearns spot will firmly be in Bridgeport and perhaps an emergency call-up should the unfortunate injury happens throughout the regular season.