New York Trades For Alexandrov, John Persson ATO Bridgeport

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/20/2012 03:47:00 PM | | | Report the Boston Bruins traded defenseman Yury Alexandrov to the New York Islanders for future considerations.

NYIFC Comments:
Alexndrov left the AHL last August after playing a season in Providence and returned to Russia for 2011-12 despite being under contract. The Bruins trading his NHL rights to another team do not mean he is obligated to return to North America and apparently he signed a two year contract in the KHL last summer.

In terms of signing Alexndrov, if he has a two year agreement in the KHL, think of it along the same lines as Kirill Petrov last summer.

Alexandrov is likely a restricted NHL free agent this summer despite leaving under contract for 2011-12 to Boston. This means the Isles must qualify him as a RFA to retain his NHL rights here.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers: Report Islander 2011 draft pick, John Persson has been signed to an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with goaltender Dan Clarke.

NYIFC Comments:
For those who follow these transactions a few past Islander prospects have signed an ATO with Bridgeport before signing with the Isles and played in Bridgeport.

Persson is not on the Sound Tigers clear day or residence list, meaning it would take many injuries/all residence players to be used for Persson to participate in Bridgeport's playoffs if they qualify.

In the case of John Persson his deadline to sign a contract with the Isles would be the 6/1/2013 under the current CBA.

The signing of an ATO goaltender means Anders Nilsson is likely unable to dress Wednesday at the very least after an ankle injury Sunday, but the comments from the Bobcasts website indicate Clarke is a prospect and perhaps more than a fill in.

The Isles also still have Mikko Koskinen under contract playing in Europe.