Islanders sign David Leggio

The Islanders have signed G David Leggio to a one-year, two-way contract (Strang, July 1).

Leggio, 29, played 45 games for the Hershey Bears in the AHL last season.

Leggio, who has no NHL experience, will likely serve as insurance for the Islanders.


Thomas Vanek signs three-year deal with Minnesota

3:03 p.m.: The two finalists for Thomas Vanek‘s services were the Islanders and the Wild.

Vanek chose the Wild over the Islanders, who came in with a late offer (Staple, July 1).

Thomas Vanek has signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild, the team announced Tuesday.

Vanek’s deal with Minnesota is worth $19.5 million, and is somewhat back-loaded.

The 30-year-old Vanek was acquired by the Islanders from Buffalo last October for Matt Moulson, a conditional first round draft pick, and a 2015 second round draft pick.

Vanek confirmed on February 4 that he had rejected a seven-year, $50 million contract extension from the Islanders, prompting the Isles to trade him to the Canadiens on March 5 in exchange for Sebastian Collberg and a second round draft pick.


Matt Moulson signs five-year deal with Sabres

Former Islanders LW Matt Moulson has signed a five-year deal with Buffalo worth $25 million (Lebrun, July 1).

The Islanders traded the 30-year-old Moulson to the Sabres last October in exchange for Thomas Vanek.

The Sabres later dealt Moulson to Minnesota.

The Islanders, who didn’t contact Moulson’s agent during the five-day window, were not interested in a reunion (Staple, July 1).

News: Rangers sign Dan Boyle

Kevin Schultz:

The saga of Dan Boyle is now over for the Islanders and, the worst part, is that he ends up in Manhattan in a Rangers uniform. According to Larry Brooks, Boyle left money on the table to become a Ranger and maybe that had something to do with their playoff run. I think we can certainly say that Boyle will not get a warm welcome when he comes to the Coliseum this season.

Originally posted on SNY Rangers Blog:

The Rangers have signed Dan Boyle to a TWO-YEAR deal worth $4.5 million per year. (Larry Brooks)

Boyle reportedly left a lot of money on the table to sign with the Rangers. (Brooks)

For more on Boyle, CLICK HERE.

Pierre McGurie said on TSN that Boyle will replace Stralman, will run the PP, take some pressure off of Ryan McDonagh, pair with Marc Staal and add more credibility and leadership to the locker room.

“Boyle plays with a chip on his shoulder every night and going to NY is no problem.” (Ray Ferraro)

Boyle left a lot of money on the table to join Marty St. Louis. (Pierre LeBrun on TSN)

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AHLer TJ Brennan Signs with Islanders

Kevin Schultz

The second signing of the day for the Islanders is TJ Brennan, a forward who spent the majority of last season in the Maple Leafs system. Brennan signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $600,000.

Brennan was originally a first round pick of the Sabres in 2007.

He spent last season playing for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, scoring 25 goals and tallying 72 points in 75 games.

Brennan is a left handed defender who won the AHL award for best defenseman last season.

Brennan was fifth in the AHL with 69 points (24 goals, 45 assists) in 73 games, the most by an AHL defenseman since 2005-06 and the most goals since 1999-2000. He led the league in power-play points (42) and shots on goal (256) and defensemen in power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (four, tied).

Islanders Sign G Chad Johnson

Kevin Schultz

According to multiple reports, the Islanders have signed goaltender Chad Johnson. It is a two-year deal valued at $2.26 million (Dreger).

Johnson, 28, was originally a fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2006. In 37 career NHL games spread over four seasons he has a .926 save percentage and 2.07 GAA. Johnson spent last season backup up Tukka Rask in Boston and posted a .925 save percentage and two shutouts in 27 games, by far the most he had played in an NHL season thus far.

This means that Kevin Poulin will not be an Islanders backup to start the season (barring extenuating circumstances). If Poulin does re-sign with the Islanders

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Ask and you shall receive.

The Islanders had a pressing need for a backup goaltender and Garth Snow delivered by signing Chad Johnson. Snow has been aggressive on the goaltending front this offseason signing Jaroslav Halak and now picking up Johnson. This will be a major upgrade to the Islanders goaltending tandem and Johnson is a quality backup, who played very well in Boston.

This signing does however indicate the end of Evgeni Nabokov’s tenure with the Islanders and that is for the better. With Johnson in the fold the Islanders now have a solid one-two punch in net that will — in theory — make them a better team going into next.

Johnson was on many people’s wish list of possible backup goaltenders, so Islander fans should be happy to have him on Long Island.

Isles not on Niskanen’s list

The Islanders are not among teams Matt Niskanen is considering (Staple, July 1).

Niskanen is an unrestricted free agent, who has played with the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2010.

Last season, the defensemen had 10 goals and 36 assists, with a 33 +/- and 51 penalty minutes.

Isles tender qualifying offers to eight

The Islanders tendered qualifying offers to eight players, the team officially announced.

Casey Cizikas, Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Brett Gallant, Anders Lee, Aaron Ness, Anders Nilsson and Kevin Poulin were all tendered offers.


Dan Boyle elects free agency

The Islanders were unable to come to terms with Dan Boyle, who will be an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday (Cyrgalis, June 30).

New York offered Boyle a two-year deal between $4 million and $5 million per year, which he turned down.

Boyle was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in June for a conditional fifth-round pick. If Boyle signed with the Isles, the pick would have become a fourth rounder in 2015.