Yesterday the New York Islanders had their busiest day off the offseason, so far, as they signed four of their restricted free agents to new deals.
The New York Islanders have finally gotten some deals done yesterday. We wrote articles in the past couple of weeks on three of these four deals and how they were reportedly done, but the Islanders have officially announced a few of the contracts.
The Islanders signed two players with NHL experience in A.J. Greer and Josh Ho-Sang and also signed Mitch Vande Sompel and Parker Wotherspoon who both played for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last season.
Greer and Ho-Sang’s contracts are similar in the fact they are both one-year deals. The only difference is Ho-Sang’s contract is worth more at the minor league level. According to Puck Pedia, both players will make $700,000 at the NHL level, but Ho-Sang will make $225,000 in the minors and Greer will have a minors salary of $100,000 with $125,000 being guaranteed.
It will be interesting to see if Greer and Ho-Sang can have an impact on the Islanders next season and if they can make the team out of camp. It is definitely something to keep an eye on.
Greer has played in a total of 37 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, before being traded to the Islanders. He only has one goal in five assists in those games. Greer had his most NHL action in the 2017-2018 season playing 17 games with the Avalanche.
Ho-Sang’s last action with the Islanders came back in the 2018-2019 season where he played in ten games with the blue and orange. It has been an interesting road for the 24-year-old, but the Isles have given him another shot and he will be looking to establish himself as an NHL player.
The Islanders other two deals on the day, consisted of them signing Wotherspoon and Vande Sompel to two-year contracts.
This is a great move for two young defensemen, who both played their first full professional season with the sound tigers in 2017-2018. Vande Sompel did not play in any games last season after suffering an injury in training camp. In contrast, Wotherspoon played in 62 games last year where he amassed four goals and 23 assists but had a -13 plus/minus.
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With these new deals, the Islanders have added six players in the offseason (Grant Hutton and Austin Czarnik are the other two). This may be the start to the Islanders adding more pieces for their roster. We have heard many rumors of new signings and they may come to fruition in the coming days.
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