Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Isles Resign Donovan/Gallant

This morning it was reported that the Islanders had resigned defenseman Matt Donovan and forward Brett Gallant.

Donovan was signed to a 1 year 2 way deal worth $826,875 in the NHL and $65,000 in the AHL.  Donovan split last season between the Islanders and their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.  In 52 games for the Islanders last season Donovan had 16 points.  Meanwhile, in 27 games for Bridgeport last year Donovan had 21 points.  Donovan was written onto last years roster to replace Mark Streit.  This year, it won't be nearly as easy for Donovan to make the big club and he could very easily start the season in Bridgeport.

Meanwhile, Gallant was also signed to a 1 year 2 way contract but his contract is worth $605,000 in the NHL and $75,000 in the AHL.  Last season was Gallants 4th season with the Sound Tigers.  In 58 games Gallant had 2 points and 255 penalty minutes.  In his time in the AHL while he might not be the biggest fighter he established himself as one of the top fighters in the entire league.  That hard work paid off for Gallant at the end of last season when the Islanders called him up to their roster for the final 4 games.  In those 4 games Gallant managed 0 points and 17 penalty minutes.

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