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Paperwork: Islanders RFAs Czuczman and Halmo accept qualifying offers

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The Islanders announced that forward Mike Halmo and defenseman Kevin "It's pronounced Churchman" Czuczman have accepted the team's qualifying offers and will return next season.

War-On-Ice reports that both deals are one-year two-way contracts worth $874,000 ($70,000 in the AHL).

Halmo has spent the last three seasons with Bridgeport, scoring a career-best 18 goals in 2013-14. He had 10 goals in an injury-shortened 33 games last season. In 20 games with the big club, Halmo has one goal in a gritty fourth line role, but gets the Garik Seal of Approval for some productive play.

Czuczman's saga has taken many turns since the Islanders signed him as an NCAA free agent out of Lake Superior State in 2014. He immediately played regular minutes in the final months of a dying season, but the acquisitions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy threw two big wrenches into the D works. Czuczman started last season in Bridgeport but eventually found himself in the ECHL when playing time became scarce and younger players like Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield began to assert themselves.

With Griffin Reinhart traded and Aaron Ness released back into the wild, there's room for Czuczman to re-position himself in the team's depth chart and maybe make it back to New York.

Two additional RFAs have yet to sign their qualifying offers with tomorrow's deadline looming: goalie Kevin Poulin, who remains in the organization but with his status (and career) still very much up in the air and another guy... what was his name again?

Oh, right. Brock Nelson. Although Nelson does not have arbitration rights and Arthur Staple reported that he will most likely re-sign later, not signing a QO could be problematic and leave the Islanders open to a poaching. It's unlikely it gets to that point, but since when has that ever stopped us from worrying about something?