The New York Islanders continue to make moves that may or not be signaling that there are more to come. After signing three depth forwards on Wednesday, the team placed veteran forward Andy Andrehoff on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination.
The 32-year-old had a massive season in Bridgeport in 2022-23, scoring 37 goals and 28 assists in 69 games. He finished the season red-hot, tallying 13 goals in the team's final 15 games. The 37 goals were a career-best for Andrehoff, who captured the Willie Marshall Award as the American Hockey League's (AHL) leading goal scorer. Of the 37 goals, 13 came on the power play. Andrehoff was the first member of the Bridgeport organization to win the award in 18 seasons, when Jeff Hamilton won it in 2003-04, the first year the honor was awarded.
The 2011 3rd round pick (Los Angeles) was called up and played three games for the Islanders, pickup up an assist. The previous year, as the islanders battled COVID-19, Andrehoff played in six games and scored a goal in the first every UBS Arena home again against the New York Rangers.
If last season didn't give present Andrehoff, who plays center, an opportunity to make the Islanders out of training camp this season, it's understandable if this was a mutual decision between the player and organization to give him another opportunity somewhere else, whether that's in the NHL or somewhere overseas.
The Islanders had signed Andrehoff in September 2021 after he played 20 games with the Philadelphia Flyers the prior two seasons. Overall, he has appeared in 188 career NHL games, scoring 14 goals and 13 assists.