Tim Wallace has a name of sufficiently pronounceable quality as to be lost in the shuffle of summer depth signings and AHL veterans. Check his age (27) and you gather he's not a prospect.
But check his experience and salary ($700,000 NHL salary, and $105,000 in the AHL -- the rate at which a team really wants you) and you gather he's a good bet to see some NHL games this season, injuries willing and the creek don't rise.
We ran through a quick primer on Wallace back when he was signed in July. Here's a little more info from other sources to chew on.
First, in today's skate Newsday's Arthur Staple had him skating next to Blake Comeau and Tomas Marcinco (filling Martin Reasoner's spot as he rests his knee).
Now, with so much time in the Penguins organization, Wallace has spent a lot of time on the other side of the Islanders-Penguins rivalry at the AHL level. In Wilkes-Barre/Scranton they called his time "one of the most successful WBS careers in the franchise’s 12-year history." Note how he's in the top 10 there in career games played, goals, points and PIM.
At the time of his signing, the Connecticut Post's Michael Fornabaio spoke with him about his progress as a pro since leaving NCAA Notre Dame, as well as the other side of the Baby Pens-Baby Isles rivalry, which is deep in playoff meetings that did not favor the Orange & Blue.
Last season he was the unofficial designee to exact penance from the Capitals' David Steckel after his Winter Classic collision with Sidney Crosby.
Don't expect Wallace to be another sweet gem of a find like Matt Moulson -- a GM waits a long time to have himself a Moulson, and he may go his whole life without having one" (Thunderheart).
But like Moulson, Wallace has a couple of 25+ goal seasons in the AHL in his mid-20s. He can play the game some (and fight), and odds are he'll play some of it in an Islanders uniform.