Capgeek has the contracts up for the four two-way guys the Islanders signed on Tuesday. Harry Zolnierczyk, as Ryan Rishaug reported, and Jack Skille both get $300,000 on the back end of the contracts, and Kael Mouillierat and David Leggio both get $175,000.
That’s a combined $950,000 for four players. Last year’s opening-night Bridgeport roster included 18 players on NHL contracts. (Granted, mostly entry-level contracts, mostly $60-70,000.) Again via Capgeek, those 18 combined to $1.21 million in AHL salary, nobody higher than Joe Finley’s $105,000 — which, though the Islanders didn’t give him that contract, had been their de facto AHL limit.
It’s a different world. And maybe it’s a chance to be more competitive.
Justin Hickman, who was on an ATO here the last week of the season, is on the Winnipeg development camp roster.