Saturday, July 6, 2013

Islanders Sign Bouchard/Regin

Not only did the Islanders resign some players today, but they also bought in some new faces to the team.

Shortly after signing Nabokov, the Islanders announced the signing of forward Peter Regin to a one year one way contract worth 750K.  The one way aspect of the deal means in order to go to the AHL Regin would need to clear waivers.  In his only full season in 09/10 Regin registered 29 points in 75 games.  Regin happens to hail from the same hometown as Islanders center Frans Nielsen.

It appears Regin will provide Brock Nelson competition for the third line center spot.

Within an hour following that, the Islanders announced the signing of forward Pierre Marc Bouchard to a one year 2 million dollar contract.  Given Bouchards skill set, he has the potential to be a solid compliment on right wing for John Tavares.  However, the struggle with Bouchard is health.  Before last season, Bouchard had only appeared in 97 games the prior three seasons.  In those 97 games Bouchard put up 60 points.  Bouchards best season came in 07/08 when he put up 13 goals and 50 assists for 63 points.  If playing with Tavares could return him to that the Islanders may have yet again found one of those hidden gems Garth Snow is becoming famous for finding.

Am I the only one that can't wait for the day we can actually sign proven players rather than pinning our seasons hope on projects working out?  Garth has become good at this, but eventually his luck will run out.

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