Goalie Jean-Francois Berube and the Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year one-way contract just ahead of any sort of arbitration haggle.
Berube was an RFA and arbitration-eligible. He'll make $675,000 this season.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) July 5, 2016
In addition to avoiding arbitration, the contract leaves Berube as an RFA next season, too, per General Fanager.
Berube was picked up off waivers from the Kings before the start of last season because Jaroslav Halak was injured. He spent the vast majority of the season in the press box, but eventually got into seven games with the Islanders, going 3-2-1 with a .914 save percentage.
He didn't have many highlights, but he did end up winning the Islanders Save of the Year award by robbing a bunch of Ottawa Senators on the goal line in quick succession.
The Save of the Year goes to @JRouby! #IslesAwards | https://t.co/0qsM8HgfDshttps://t.co/UWNnm8MMQ0— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) July 1, 2016
His work ethic impressed the team so much that trading Halak (and his $4 million-plus cap hit for the next two seasons) is a possibility this summer, leaving Berube and playoff hero Thomas Greiss as the tandem for next season. No, we're not sure that's a good idea, either.
The extra season gives Berube plenty of time to practice handing out souvenir pucks over the glass at Barclays Center.
So, exactly how good is Berube? Destination: Unknown.