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Islanders Sign Tom Kuhnhackl, Matt Sislo

Bridgeport’s rebuild continues, and the Isles 4th line too

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In addition to AHL scorer Matt Lorito, the New York Islanders have also added former Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl and former New Jersey Devil Mike Sislo on one-year deals. Sislo’s is a two-way contract. Kühnhackl’s looks like a one-way, taking aim at the Isles’ fourth line.

Kuhnhackl has 168 NHL games played with the Penguins over the last three seasons, including both of their Stanley Cup winners (so add 47 playoff games to that total). He’s 26, from Germany (and once played for a team called Landshut Cannibals, so get that jersey!), and has played a fourth-line role while staying out of the box.

He’s 6’2 and a left shot, but hasn’t been a scorer at any level in North America. If he’s ticketed for the NHL roster, then the Isles are building quite a backlog of bottom-six forwards. But it’s early in the summer, we’ll see what else is afoot.

Sislo, 30, has spent most of his career in the Devils organization since leaving University of New Hampshire in 2011. Though he had annual callups with New Jersey, he spent last season with AHL Tuscon, where he put up 23 goals and 47 points in 68 games. So, he can definitely score at the AHL level, and along with Lorito he’ll be a good addition to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Before college, he played two years in the USHL with Green Bay, though three years before Anders Lee arrived there. To repeat the refrain from earlier, these aren’t exactly exciting signings for a fanbase reeling from the weekend news, but Lorito and Sislo represent a renewed commitment to stocking Bridgeport like it’s never been stocked before.