Islanders: Ilya Sorokin Is On His Way

Ilya Sorokin #90 of the CSKA Moscow (Photo by Anna Sergeeva/ Getty Images)
Ilya Sorokin #90 of the CSKA Moscow (Photo by Anna Sergeeva/ Getty Images)

Ilya Sorokin, who the Islanders signed last week, is on his way to the states right now from Russia.

This is not a drill! On his way to the United States right now is New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin. Well, actually we’re not so sure if he’s coming to Long Island first or if he’s going to Toronto. The moral of the story, Sorokin’s coming.

Dan Milstein, Sorokin’s agent, tweeted out a picture of Sorokin and Alexander Romanov on a plane together heading over to the NHL. Romanov plays for Montreal, so if you’re reading the tea leaves it’s probably safe to assume that they’re going to Toronto.

Eight days ago, Ilya Sorokin signed his one-year ELC making him eligible to join the Islanders for training camp in their return to play. While Sorokin can practice with the team, he won’t be able to play this year.

Essentially, he’s burning the year of the ELC so that he can make money next year. The Isles gave him a $2 million deal for the 2020-2021 season locking him in as a part of this team for the foreseeable future.

For upwards of five years, Ilya Sorokin has been the Islanders white whale as beautifully coined by Isle Seat Podcast Host, Mike Carver. For years it looked like he would never come and join the Islanders, and instead play in the KHL for his career and put up insane numbers.

Well, once Garth Snow got the boot, that all changed. If you’re still pinching yourself over the last week between him getting two contracts and now being on a plane NHL bound, I’m here to tell you that it’s not a dream.

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Sorokin and his .940 save percentage is on his way, and I can’t wait for Mitch Korn, Piero Greco, and Barry Trotz to get their hands on him.