The June 1 deadline to sign 2009 draft pick Casey Cizikas to an entry-level contract is looming, but both camps are confident the deal will be done.
"What I can say is that discussions have been good," said Cizikas' agent Mark Guy when reached by phone Monday morning.
When asked if he believes his client will be signed by the deadline, Guy responded:
"Yes, things have been going well."
Islanders general manager Garth Snow said he "agreed with that assessment."
The two sides have held off on serious discussions until recently to give Cizikas time to focus on the Memorial Cup playoffs; his Missisauga St. Michael's Majors lost in the final 3-1 to the Saint John Sea Dogs just last night.
Guy said he planned on bringing Cizikas and family in to discuss the deal today or tomorrow. If the Islanders do not sign him before June 1, they will lose his rights and Cizikas will be entered in the 2011 NHL Entry draft.
Cizikas, a fourth round pick in 2009, has 29 goals and 35 assists in 52 games as captain with the Majors this season; the Toronto, Ontario native also represented Team Canada in this year's World Junior Hockey Championships.