The Islanders were still in fairly inflexible cap territory as the free agency period inched along into Day 3, but they did have some minor news:
Key RFAs Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews filed for salary arbitration (as did Josh Ho-Sang), meaning if they can no longer sign an offer sheet from another team and their contracts will be determined one way or another by the time of their yet-to-be scheduled arbitration hearing.
Burroughs for Greer
Separately, the Islanders announced a defenseman-for-forward trade at the minor league level: They’ve sent defenseman Kyle Burroughs to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for A.J. Greer. Greer, 23, had 44 points in 54 AHL games last season with the Colorado Eagles.
A 6’3 left wing from Joliette, Quebec, who also played two years with Boston University, Greer was Colorado’s sixth-leading scorer last season. In four AHL seasons he has 58 goals and 127 points in 199 regular season games. We’ll see if he can translate that to some much-needed offense for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Burroughs, 25, logged 313 regular season games with the Sound Tigers over five full seasons plus a ATO in 2013-14. He is a success story as a seventh-round pick (196th overall) who’s carved out a steady AHL career. With the Islanders’ deep blueline pool he never has an opening for an NHL callup, but he was a mainstay on their AHL team and was part of two of their all-too-rare postseason appearances.
When will either of these players appear for their new organizations? No telling. The NHL hopes to begin the 2020-21 season around Jan. 1, but that’s far from certain. The AHL is busy with player signings but it’s unclear when they’ll be able to resume play, and under what conditions.