Satan waits to see if Islanders want him

Former Islander Miroslav Satan has spoken with the Former Islander Miroslav Satan has spoken with the team about signing as a free agent. Photo Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill

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Former Islander and current unrestricted free agent Miroslav Satan skated at the Islanders' practice rink in Syosset Wednesday and addressed a potential return to New York.

Satan, who played three seasons with the Islanders from 2005-2008, confirmed that his agent, Allan Walsh, has spoken with the Islanders about rejoining the team, but they have yet to resume discussions this week. Walsh first announced the dialogue between the two camps on his Twitter page on July 25, then gave an update three days later, saying, "We are still deep in talks with NYI on Miro."

"I know they spoke about it a few times last week," Satan said. "This week I don't think they have talked. Now, it's quiet again."

The Islanders and Walsh did not return phone messages seeking comment.

Satan, who has a home on Long Island where he is living this summer, said he would prefer to stay in the Eastern Conference and would be open to an Islanders reunion.

"I'm not saying no to anything right now," Satan said.

Satan had 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 65 games for Pittsburgh last season, but said the Stanley Cup champion Penguins are not among the teams who have expressed interest.

"I've got to make up my mind quickly and decide where," Satan said. "We'll see what happens in the next few weeks."

Satan was sent down to Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate for 10 games last season but then rejoined the Penguins for the playoffs, which culminated in his first Stanley Cup.

Satan usually spends a couple months of his offseason in his native Slovakia, but he spent the majority of this summer in Long Island to prepare for the recent birth of his daughter. Satan said he will return to Slovakia shortly with the Stanley Cup in tow.

"Not too many times has the Stanley Cup been there," said Satan, who plans to bring the Cup to a charity hockey game, a rally in his hometown and a hospital. "I'm bringing it home."

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