New York Islanders Depth Signings: G Scott Munroe, LW Jeremy Reich, D Brett Westgarth

No big news (remember: Rebuild, Year Two, here. Stay focused.), but the Islanders announced a few depth signings inked to one-year, two-way contracts. Two of them spend their share of time in the sin bin. But most notable is ex-Philadelphia Phantom Scott Munroe, a strong AHL goaltender.

Munroe is the goaltender who made 65 saves in that 2008 five-OT win over Albany, the longest game in AHL history, while his losing counterpart stopped 98. The Islanders say, "The 27-year-old netminder posted a career year last season with a record of 31-19-0-4, a save percentage of .926 and four shutouts." So Munroe is in the category of a guy whose NHL shot is dwindling, but he's clearly insurance against rehabbing Rick DiPietro and aging Dwayne Roloson [edit: Just thought of this: Coincidentally, Roloson's NHL career started at ... the age Munroe is now]. It will be interesting to see how AHL playing time is split between him and Nathan Lawson.

LW Jeremy Reich, 30, a 2nd-round pick (39th) in 1997, is a former Scott Gordon player with the Providence Bruins. He also played 90 NHL games with the parent Bruins between 2006-2008, and he is not afraid to mix it up. He had a career high 21 goals last year with Providence as their captain. D Brett Westgarth is an undrafted Princeton product who compiled 137 PIM with the Worcester Sharks last year.

You can continue to add or cruise through the free agency discussion in the earlier comment threads, or comment here. (If you're new here, check out the welcome to get a feel for how the user tools work). Career stats for Munroe, Reich and Westgarth after the jump.

Scott Munroe


Jeremy Reich

 

Brett Westgarth

 

 

These are the kind of farm system depth re-alignment deals that dot the summer months. As guys like Ben Walter and Jeremy Colliton continue to shuffle out, we'll no doubt hear more of them.

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