The New York Islanders continue to creep up on the salary cap floor by re-signing Blake Comeau to a one-year $2.5 million contract. Comeau is the latest player to avoid arbitration by hammering out a deal in advance of his scheduled hearing. 2010-11 was a breakout year for the 25-year old, he notched career highs in goals (24) and assists (22) and appeared in 77 games. His signing sets the Islanders a mere $2.3 million away from the cap floor, which could be met easily when Josh Bailey is re-signed and a couple younglings crack the roster. This isn’t to say Garth Snow is finished shaping his roster, but the threat of not reaching the cap floor requirements is no longer imminent.
Dominik at the Islanders blog Lighthouse Hockey thinks the Comeau signing is ideal for everyone:
This is probably ideal for both sides (unless Comeau was hoping for a “core” length deal). Comeau is coming off a career year; he has another season to prove it’s repeatable before either side wades into something more lasting. Meanwhile, if he’s pushed for ice time from the young prospect forwards, then both sides will have a better idea of where he fits next year at this time, when he’ll be eligible for restricted free agency again.
In other Islanders personnel news, reports from late Tuesday that had the club re-signing Jon Sim are untrue. The team apologized for the confusion on Twitter, and blamed the false report on a “glitch” in Bridgeport’s email system. Sim, who left the Islanders organization for Switzerland last season, is hoping for an NHL contract but remains undecided on his future:
“We’re talking to a few teams; it’s just the process now. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer, maybe another couple of weeks. It’s harder with my family, because we have to move all the time, but I still have a passion to play, I still want to play.”
So, we’re pretty much an Islanders blog this week…
Well look who elected to voice his opinion on the Islanders arena/future situation, it’s none other than professional troll Damien Cox:
It’s hard for an owner to become this toxic in a community, but Wang seems to have accomplished that. Fans won’t come to his team’s games — the average attendance of 11,059 was worst in the NHL last season — and the manner in which he has operated the club — signing Rick DiPietro to a 15-year contract, hiring a university to do radio broadcasts of the team’s games, selecting the team’s backup goalie to be the new general manager — has alienated many hardcore supporters.
Perron still experiencing symptoms related to a concussion
A tough blow to both David Perron and the St. Louis Blues as it’s expected that he’ll miss the start of training camp due to symptoms related to a concussion he suffered in November. [True Hockey]
Kesler injury comes with questions
The Kurtenblog on what could be in store in light of Ryan Kesler’s absence from the team to start the season.
Jets history update
Bryan Little will relinquish his No. 10 rather than sport Dale Hawerchuk’s digits as a member of the Winnipeg Jets. [Puck Daddy]
Michal Neuvirth doesn’t care who’s No. 1 and who’s No. 2
Washington Capitals de facto goaltender of the future Michal Neuvirth tells a Czech website that he looks up to Tomas Vokoun and doesn’t care who the number one goalie is. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
Come for the helmets and gloves, stay for the bloodthirsty fans