The New York Islanders made some signings on Wednesday, re-signing restricted free agent defenseman Parker Wotherspoon, as well as unrestricted free agent winger Nikita Soshnikov and goaltender Cory Schneider.
Wotherspoon was the last Islander restricted free agent defender the team was scheduled to sign. They signed him to a one-year contract, with the cap not confirmed at this time. He was a fourth-round pick for the team in 2015 and has yet to play in an NHL game. He played 57 games for the Bridgeport Islanders in the AHL in 2021-22, with three goals, 21 assists and 24 points that year.
Schneider returns to the Islanders for his third straight season after being acquired by the New Jersey Devils in 2020. He signed a one-year contract with the Islands, with the cap also unconfirmed at this time. He started just one game for the Islanders in 2021-22, stopping 27 of 30 shots in a game-winning effort. He also played 30 AHL games for Bridgeport, posting a 14-11-4 record and .921 save percentage.
Soshnikov returns to the NHL after spending the past three seasons in the KHL. His contract is also only for one year and he also has a cap of $750,000, the league minimum. He spent the 2021-22 season between CSKA Moscow and Omsk Avangard, scoring four goals, 12 assists and 16 points in 33 total games, as well as five goals, three assists and eight points in 13 playoff games. Soshnikov also knows Lou Lamoriello, as his three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs came while Lamoriello was general manager.
Although they made a few small moves throughout the offseason, the Islanders failed to make a splash in the offseason. In addition to not bringing back Zdeno Chara and Andy Greene, firing Barry Trotz and replacing him with Lane Lambert, and acquiring Alexander Romanov from the Montreal Canadiens, they’re bringing back a roster nearly identical to the one that missed the playoffs last year. last season.