New York Islanders: A Year In Review
September by Michel Anderson
There were two big signings for the Islanders in September. One was Dennis Seidenberg signing a one-year $1 million deal with the Isles after a terrific World Cup of Hockey with Team Europe.
The 35-year-old was bought out by the Boston Bruins at the end of the season and after seeing him play for Ralph Kreuger, Garth Snow jumped on the chance.
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The singing didn’t look promising at first, for obvious reasons. But with 13 points in 28 games, it seems like it’s paid off for the Isles.
But the big move was re-upping on Ryan Strome. Offering the fifth overall draft pick in 2012 a two-year $2.5 million contract. It wasn’t the money that made this deal so important. It was how long it took and what it meant.
Ryan Strome was that former 50 point player in his second full season with the team turn 27 point player the very next season. Who was he?
The Islanders certainly didn’t know. So they tossed some money, and some term at Strome to show them what type of player he actually was. Then, they’d sit down again in 2018 or leave it to the last minute again.