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Islanders And Poulin Agree On One-Year, Two-Way Contract

Islanders And Poulin Agree On One-Year, Two-Way Contract

The New York Islanders have reached an agreement with 25-year old netminder Kevin Poulin, signing the 6-foot-2 stopper to a one year, two way deal worth $600,000 in the NHL.

Poulin was drafted by the Islanders in 2008 (5th round, 126th overall), but the Montreal native has struggled to kick on following an impressive ten game stint in 2010/11.

In 50 games for the club, Poulin gone 18-25-3 with a .899 save percentage and a 3.07 goals against average, but struggled to cement a place with the Islanders when Evgeni Nabokov went down during the 2013/14 campaign.

Poulin Save GIFWith the veteran Russian sidelined, Poulin split time with Anders Nilsson, but an uninspiring 11-16-1 record, with an .891 save percentage, saw Poulin slide down the depth chart as the franchise moved to acquire Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson last summer.

Halak remains the teams #1 as they prepare for their first season in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, with Thomas Greiss signed as backup earlier this summer.

As a result, Poulin looks set to serve as third choice netminder for the Islanders this season, meaning much of his playing time will likely come with Bridgeport in the AHL, where he went 16-21-7 with a .912 save percentage last term.

Poulin will remain a restricted free agent when the deal expires next July.

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Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).