Thursday, July 17, 2008

Islanders Re-Sign Two

The Islanders kept their busy summer alive by signing a couple of their restricted free agents. Both Sean Bergenheim and Jeff Tambellini signed 2-year deals, which should bring both players to unrestricted free agency, once these deals have been completed.

Bergenheim, 24, played in 78 games for the Islanders last season, scoring 10 goals and 12 assists, which doesn't make him a keen pool scoring player. His deal is worth $1.725 million over the duration.

Tambellini, 24, played in 31 games for the Islanders and scored a goal and three assists. His deal is worth $1.175 million over the duration.

Mike ComrieMark StreitRick DiPietro
Bill GuerinChris Campoli
Trent HunterRadek Martinek
Richard ParkFreddie Meyer
Mike SillingerAndy Sutton
Doug WeightBrendan Witt
Sean Bergenheim
Andy Hilbert
Blake Comeau
Kyle Okposo
Jeff Tambellini
Jon Sim

Not even with the eccentric owner, Charles Wang, will the Islanders challenge the salary cap ceiling this year. The addition of the two forwards to their team update only brings their totals to 19 players @ $40.3 million. The team listed above ranks 28th amongst the league in 2008 scoring, compared to all the other teams with returning skaters. The new additions haven't made a big effect on that number at all. There will be a strong lean in the coming seaosn on some of the team's younger talent that is coming up the ranks. Kyle Okposo, Blake Comeau and the two signings today will have a lot of weight on their shoulders, trying to propel the team futher. As of right now, they are not a good crop to find pool players in at the moment.

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