Poulin, Carkner Resign; Isles Have Interest In Zidlicky

According to Newsday: the New York Islanders have resigned RFA goalie Kevin Poulin.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have also signed defenseman Matt Carkner to a two year AHL deal.

My take: Poulin was going to play this year, but to have Stephon Williams backing him up and competing will be very interesting to see. Both goalies should be able to hold their own in this League and it appears the Islanders goalie depth is good for a few years if Poulin decides to leave or the Isles let him go next year. As for Carkner, he will stabilize a defense that did not have a lot of AHL talent last year save for Pulock and Mayfield. I already like the goalie situation and with Carkner, who should be named captain of the team, gives Bridgeport a solid array of defenseman.

And then Arthur Staple comes out with this gem:

My take: Even if Ryan Pulock is ready for the NHL, I feel that the Islanders are treating their prospects similar to that of the Detroit Red Wings: marinate in the minors until the Islanders are ready to bring them up. With this team already achieving a 100 point season in this hockey era and with the financial means with a state of the art facility to attract free agents, the Islanders can now dictate who and when certain players can come up. I also would like this move strictly because it adds more depth to the organization to start the season, something every team should have.


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