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Islanders Free Agent Frenzy

Updated 4:54: The Islanders have officially announced the signing of RFA Travis Hamonic.

Hamominc’s new deal keeps him an Isles jersey for seven years and is worth $27 million, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

“We are excited to come to terms with Travis, who is an important part of our young core,” General Manager Garth Snow said in a press release. “He has shown that he can play important minutes, in any situation and we’re thrilled that he’ll be an Islander for seven more years.”


Original: The Islanders have had a somewhat active day so far. They have signed a goaltender, albeit the one they had last season Evgeni Nabokov, and the Islanders signed two forwards in Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

Regin comes to the Islanders after a less than stellar year with the Ottawa Senators. He appeared in 27 games for Ottawa, but registered only three points off three assists in that span. The year prior to that he played just 10 games with the Senators. Regin’s best season came in 2009-10, when he played in 75 regular season games and contributed 29 points ( 13 goals, 16 assists). He also played in six playoff games with the Senators adding three more goals and an assist.

Regin hails from current Islander forward Frans Nielsen’s hometown of Herning, Denmark.

More on Regin from Hockey’s Future:

Regin’s best assets are his strong playmaking skills, soft hands, and overall offensive talent.  He sees the ice well and is calm when he passes the puck, which bodes well for a future as a playmaker. In front of the net, he knows where to put the puck and he has a terrific ability to find the open man.  Regin has improved his skating and now possesses a more powerful stride and better balance.  Though he has a ‘pass first’ mentality, Regin does have a knack for scoring goals.  He has strong shooting abilities, specifically a high caliber wrist shot.

If Regin is able to crack the Isles lineup, you can expect him to play a bottom six role on the team. He could possible fill the hole left by Keith Aucoin, at the very least this is a depth signing for the team. He is no doubt a project for the Islanders.


The other new member of the Isles organization, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, comes from the Wild.

Bouchard had spent his entire NHL career in Minnesota with the Wild. He appeared in 43 games for the Wild last season, registering 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in that period of time. The two seasons prior to last he put up 22 points in 2011-12 and 38 points in 2010-11.Bouchard was selected eighth overall by the Minnesota Wild in 2002 and played in 565 games with the team.

He missed all but one game in 2009-10 due to a concussion. It was the second of his career. In a bit of an ironic twist, the first concussion he suffered came at the hands of then Islander Nate Thompson.



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Christian Arnold Covers the New York Islanders for New York Hockey Journal, as well as contributes to SNY's Islanders Point Blank. He also founded Islanders Hockey Blog back in 2009 and has written for various online publications.


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