Islanders website: Reports Ryan Strome has signed an entry level contract with his comments. General manager, Garth Snow, also is quoted on the signing here.
Islanders website: Announced the signing of Jay Pandolfo with his comments, to a one year deal.
Strome was an inevitable signing, I would be shocked if he is not sent back to his junior team on Wednesday, given he has not been practicing with the top lines at his natural position of center. The club has it's four centers, with Niederreiter and Rolston the right wings for the top three lines.
Not a big fan of the Pandolfo signing, I would be mildly disappointed if he was given a one-way contract, given he was a former AHL signing. Bottom line when you get past everything the question is can a fourth line of Gillies/Martin-Reasoner-Pandolfo, be a plus line?
Winning fights by appointment, sending messages are fine/necessary at times, but a team needs to outscore it's opposition along with playing quality defense.
A fourth line that has to be hidden after a goal, who's tone-setting ceiling, is to come out of a shift even, is not going to produce enough to help an offense.
Ultimately all it does is eat minutes.