New York Islanders July 2017 Recap: Depth Signings

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 08: Adam Pelech
NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 08: Adam Pelech /

It was a rather slow month of July for the New York Islanders, but in case you missed anything we’re going to do a quick recapper.

If one phrase can sum up the New York Islanders month of July it would be “Depth Signings”. That’s the biggest theme from July of 2017. It’s funny how much can change on a year to year basis.

In 2016 the Islanders were coming off their first playoff series win in two decades and they had an eventful month of July. They lost a lot of familiar faces in Matt Martin, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen.

Although, they also gained a few new faces in Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera and P.A. Parenteau (that didn’t last long). This year, there was no big splash, there was no big loss from the roster, there was just depth signings.

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The first was adding Kristers Gudlevskis‘ in a trade. That was the July 1 move. He later signed a deal with the Isles on the 11th of this month. He’ll likely have a larger role with Bridgeport than with the Islanders this year. I think the team learned their lesson from three goalie systems last year.

Two days later Cristopher Gibson re-signed. Again, another goalie who will likely have more of an impact for Bridgeport than the Isles. Both Gibson and Gudlevskis will likely compete for the spot start job, or if there’s an injury to Jaroslav Halak or Thomas Greiss. That’s the only way they see time with the big club.

On the 24th Adam Pelech signed a four-year extension. This was the biggest move of the month by far. The deal proved that he’s a part of Garth’s plan for the future at the position. Like we said in previous articles, you don’t sign a seventh d-man to a four-year deal.

Finally, on the 27th the Isles agreed to terms with Connor Jones. He played four games at the end of the year with the Isles. Although, if he makes it into the Isles lineup this year that likely means the season was a catastrophic failure.

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The only person Islanders wanted to see sign in July was John Tavares, but unfortunately, the Isles and their fans are going to have to wait. It wasn’t an all too exciting month but we’d like to thank the readers for joining us this month and we look forward to continuing our coverage. Is it October yet?