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Poulin, Isles avoid arbitration

Kevin Poulin and the Islanders avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, two-way deal (SportsNet, July 24). The Islanders have confirmed the deal.

Poulin will be paid $650,000 at the NHL level and $175,000 at the AHL level.

$270,000 is guaranteed.

Poulin, 24, appeared in 28 games last season with the Islanders and posted an 11-16-1 record, along with a .891 save percentage and a 3.29 goals-against-average.

From the Isles:

In 49 career games with the Islanders, Poulin has an 18-25-2 record with a 3.08 GAA and .900 SV%. During the 2011-12 season, Poulin earned AHL Goaltender of the Week honors for January 2 – 8 and AHL Goaltender of the month for January.

Poulin made his NHL postseason debut in 2013, appearing in two games during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal round, posting a 1.15 GAA and .933 SV%. He’s also appeared in 96 regular-season games during his three-year professional career with Bridgeport, posting a 51-37-7 record.

The Islanders selected Poulin in the fifth round, 126th overall, of the 2008 NHL Draft. He played four years of major junior hockey with the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League prior to his rookie season in Bridgeport in 2010-11.




56 comments
jimmydev
jimmydev

he is only 24 he played well when he first got called up and then got hurt. If he had a big defense in front of him he would be better, he can only do so much himself-good move

moonbeam
moonbeam

this actually makes sense.  they needed a warm body with nhl experience, a minimal back-up option considering you're hoping the free-agent signing will get the overwhelming lion's share.

the question is with all the forwards.  i don't mind if boulton doesn't get on the ice much, but i don't get conacher.  and if i think garth is about to deal, i get very very very nervous.  tbh i haven't tried to plot it and see whether they need to move someone, or can keep the roster of forwards.  but i do NOT want the young talent we started to see last year squeezed out by average new players.

jepliberty
jepliberty

Hopefully Poulin is ticketed for the Bridge, as we were told we were set in goal with the 2 goalie signings, and I pray he is just an emergency call up for a couple of games at the most, and I don't ever pray for anything.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

So it would appear that Garth Snow is at work, and not off somewhere on vacation, as this deal was reported today...  

My question then,,, if Snow is in his office and signing AHL goal tenders,,, is when is he going to take care of that log jam he created with 16 forwards on the roster???  Tick tock,,, inquiring fans want to know...

hockeyfn91
hockeyfn91

Good move.. they may need him if Johnson or Halak get injured. 

willymayshays
willymayshays

I see potential in the 24 yr old.   I think his flaws are coachable.  Glad we didn't cut bait yet.  Of course you have to wonder whether or not a lot of his issues stemmed from playing behind a porous defense.  

puckdad99
puckdad99

Not a bad idea to get the #3 guy nailed down. This is not big news.

Andrey Miterin
Andrey Miterin

Never been the same after dislocating his knee cap in warm-ups on Coliseum ice. Kid still has potential, and goalies develop late.

hootie
hootie

How many of you are waiting for two things Wang sells this Team and Garth Traded Bailey

hootie
hootie

If I was Garth Snow he should have been on the phone with Roy since he was so high on this kid he might actually give us something for him.

mrcisback
mrcisback

 Man was i really worried about losing Poulan. I couldn't sleep all last night.

hootie
hootie

The need to move some forwards no doubt about .I think Bailey and Grabner should be traded along with I know. I am going to get killed for this Matt Martin.I would rather see Lee and Strome in this lineup and he might not with all those forwards here now.I think we could trade those three players and get two solid stay home Dman and some picks possible .

willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmdeparts


Why do care how much you're posting?  Not too much angst or snark these days, which makes you much more tolerable.  Why not just go with that theme and post your ideas without the drama?  The whole rm "departs" thing is just kind of funny, in my humble opinion.  

since72
since72

@willymayshays He may have been a victim of the poor D, but we will know more after this season.  Bridgeport will have some decent AHL D.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@willymayshays could be true since he was left out to dry so much causing him to scramble like a fish out of the water but hes also been caught out of position and without his stick on pretty easy shots so its obvious that he has some fundamental issues.  hes still an athletic kid though, doesnt hurt to have him in the ahl working on his craft. 

willymayshays
willymayshays

@orange2327


I think he lost his stick around the time he lost his mind.  I wonder what he could have done with a defense like the one Chad Johnson had.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@mrcisback


I think Poulins issues are coachable.  I like his ability.  I'm glad he's getting at least one one yr.

moonbeam
moonbeam

@rmdeparts yeah, relax for a week or two...  but after that garth swings into action...

islesfan77
islesfan77

@rmdeparts  I read an article (I think it was on tns.ca) very similar to what RM is saying here. Basically, the author said that the above the cap teams are not looking right now to make deals to unload salary. The only exception noted was the Flyers who continue to try to unload Vinny Lecav and his horrible contract. 


Maybe teams are waiting for the arbitration hearings to be completed. Maybe they are waiting for the start of training camp. 

Hopefully, Snow plays this the right way. I would not mind a trade for Evander Kane or some help on defense, but I don't want Snow to rush out and do something just to say he did something.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmdeparts

Waiting is not always the best move and that's Redspoint.  He thinks the market is more conducive/advantageous right now.


Yes the rebuild is going well, IMO (with a few setbacks, obviously)  But Snow has a history of  making bad deals when other GMs are involved.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@hootie 

Not by me, Martin is overrated, sure he plays with heart and gives his all mostly but they can do without him as he doesn't contribute much after that.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@slapshot18_rs @orange2327 

I think the time has come to start worrying about what could happen.  As slapshot points out, the day soon approaches when those salary cap strapped teams like Boston and Chicago start looking to dump salaries.  That will only flood the market and make it harder for Snow to alleviate this problem.  He created this by signing Grabovsky and Kulemin after already signing Conacher,,, all to one way deals.  That is why I have suspected that it was not entirely Snow's decision on Grabovsky and Kulemin, nor Wang's either.  Unbeknownst to us, Brett Yormark may have demanded those deals, as having some Russian influence on the team just a short subway ride away from Brighton Beach could help the gate.  There is also the issue of MacDonald who no longer seems to have a role and just how often is Boulton really going to dress for  game???  Unfortunately, the three players Snow still has options on are Strome, Nelson and Lee.  Those are the ones he should be easing into the line up, not the ones on the cusp of being squeezed out.  This is the dilemma I see and the longer Snow waits to address it, the worse it is going to get...

On the other hand, if Snow is hiding in the weeds and biding his time for a trade such as the oft discussed move to acquire Evander Kane, then I will give him the benefit of the doubt,,, but not for too long...

islesfan77
islesfan77

@willymayshays See my post below. RM posted a message on hockey and rather than respond to the content of his post, you went on the offensive?  Let's stick to the hockey. How about that?

mrcisback
mrcisback

@willymayshays @mrcisback Willy Poulan couldn't stop a puck agaist inferior talent in the AHL what makes you think he has a future as a very good NHL goaltender. Been there done that with Poulan/Nilsson and now its time to move on with Halak and Johnson. I'd have more interest in Koskinen then Poulan at this point. Gotta run.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@islesfan77 @rmdeparts Rumor has it the Islanders and Blues are the two teams interested in Kane. Of course that came from Hockey The Buzz so take it with a grain of salt.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@willymayshays

Thank you,,, and that's the crux of my point,,, the longer Snow waits the more he might be painting himself into a corner.  If it's still July, what is the date that rosters need to be finalized???  My guess is by September 20th and the opening of the NHL season.  So Snow has a little less than two months to figure out who stays and who goes.  If there's going to be a trade, I would think it best that the moves are made before training camp opens.  I wouldn't be demanding action if it wasn't for the fact that 13 of those forwards are on one way deals and the three that can be sent to Bridgeport to get us to the maximum are the three we want to keep here.   I do not want to see any of Strome, Nelson or Lee demoted.  Yes,,, having an over abundance of talent is a good thing.  That means the team is on the rise and we can all be happy about that but,,, this signing of Grabovsky and Kulemin is perplexing, and not something Snow has done before...

elephant
elephant

@REDSpointofview I actually think the day that cap-strapped teams "flood" the market is the PERFECT time for a deal.  Greater supply from sellers means lower prices from buyers (ie: the Islanders / Garth).  Right now, those teams that need to shed salary have time to make a good deal for themselves, but the more he waits, the more Garth can make better deals with teams that are anxious to make moves.  The main risk in this strategy, however, is that players wanted by Garth could be traded to other teams before the "crunch". 

willymayshays
willymayshays

@REDSpointofview @slapshot18_rs @orange2327


Good point Red, I await some sort of deal with nervous anticipation.  Something has to give.  Lee, Bailey or even Strome, maybe Frans or Grabner...  


Lighthousehockey posted some interesting stats about Bailey vs Grabs with Frans.  

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@REDSpointofview im not too worried yet...these teams are going to have no choice but to shed salary and logic says we should have the upper hand in those potential trades (but i know who our gm is so that doesnt mean too much).  mcdonald and boulton can both be waived...someone might claim boulton, but mcdonald would end up in the AHL.  id really like to see strome, nelson, and lee all make the opening night roster. 

willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmdeparts


oops there you go again.  Yes I see what you did, and I feel sorry for you.  You really just can't help it.  I was trying to tell you I like reading your comments when they're not riddled in angst.  You are too quick to defend yourself, we all have character flaws, it's just too bad your insecurity is the cause of so much arrogance.  

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@rmdeparts im sure you could agree lars eller was overpaid.  standard for the nhl yes i know.


but okposo was given much less money when he was given his contract and he had proved more in his limited nhl exposure than both bailey and eller. so this doesnt exactly justify baileys contract. 

willymayshays
willymayshays

@orange2327


I think he has additional  resources.  Lets hope anyway.  The way Cappy's team plays defense I surprised my tv is still in one piece.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@rmdeparts

I find those three that you mentioned to be the ideal candidates for the waiver wire.  If I were 'King of the Forest', those are the expendables.  And once those three are jettisoned, the remaining 13 would appear to be the best of the lot and a certain up grade over what was here last year. 

But, that still leaves me with the question of why Snow would even sign Conacher in the first place.  That is how I came to the conclusion that some other force was at work with the Grabovsky and Kulemin signings...

dinbigd
dinbigd

@REDSpointofview @willymayshays Good signings that will only add to our top 6.Grabo is a true #2 center we havent had since Peca.Good face off guy who can set up assists & score. No need to ponder those 2 signings. Talent has been added x2 for the 2cnd line now let all the loafers decide what role they wish to play for this team.Very excited for this season as long as Cap doesn't blow it by playing his favorites over players that will produce.I sure wish they would've hired a proven coach rather than keeping Cap.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@REDSpointofview @willymayshays    Red Snow is pretty good at painting himself into a corner considering what he got at the trade deadline for Vanek.

since72
since72

@elephant   I don't see the Islanders as "buyers", but as traders.  They are not looking to take on salary for picks or prospects, but are looking to swap forwards for a D.  Boychuk may well be dealt having just 1 year on his contract, but Boston will look for prospects/picks.  That's not our position, or at least I hope it's not.

islesfan77
islesfan77

@orange2327 I might have to agree with you about taking Lars Eller for Bailey, but deep down, I believe Bailey has a greater upside than Lars. Last years playoff would have never happened without Bailey.  The ability and talent is there, but getting it out on consistent basis is the trick.

islesfan77
islesfan77

@orange2327 I think Bailey plays like someone with no confidence. He passes the puck off to much because he has no confidence to shoot.


However late last season I did notice that Bailey might be coasting...if that is the case, then I agree, he should be gone.


islesfan77
islesfan77

@willymayshays Actually Willy, it was you that could not help it. See my post above. RM made a point about a current discussion and you had to come back with some wisecracks. 

Don't you think that was a bit arrogant?


No?


Not even a little?


Aw....come on!

willymayshays
willymayshays

@islesfan77 @willymayshays


My comment was in reference to his "wow, I'm posting a lot" as in "I said I was leaving but I don't want to" behavior


My point was that if rm stopped arguing with people so much (as he has in the past) he could post more like he has been lately.  I actually enjoy reading some his posts.  (even if I don't agree with him)  Maybe he didn't like how I put it, but it seems easy to make rm take the defensive.  


And no, I don't think I'm being arrogant, at all.  Where was the "wisecrack"?



willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmdeparts


I agree with you about the amount of "F you wang" comments,  but you're not going to change anyone who comments like that time and time again.   I'm a big proponent of standing up for what you believe in.  For right now I don't blame people for being angry with the Islanders.  I'd rather a more academic approach, but what can you do?   To say you're leaving and act arrogant...?

To be honest, my initial comment for you was to comment more and disregard certain comments you dislike.  I actually think the things you dislike are posted less if you give them less attention.  It's sad that actual thoughtful statements seem to go unnoticed at times and certain other ones get 5 likes every time.  BUT are you going to change things by the way you've acted or just agitate and create more of it?  

willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmdeparts


I like the future, I liked the prospects 2 yrs ago when I first started posting here.  This team has a ton of young talent, and I've maintained that Snow has drafted well for quite some time.  I also give him credit for not trading away any of it up to recently, if you want to count next yrs picks.


Last yr was terrible though.  Snow did an awful job and instead of building on a very nice (short) season, we took a big step back.    But the future is bright, IMO and we have  salary flexibility.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@rmdeparts 

That was Soupy Sales who told the little shavers to send him the green paper from the wallets.