There's only five days until training camp, which means there's only five days left for Josh Bailey to sign a contract. The 21-year-old rejected his one-year, $850,000 qualifier in June and if he can't come to terms before Saturday's start of camp, Islanders policy means Bailey will not be an Islander in 2011-12.
GM Garth Snow declined comment when asked about negotiations and Pat Morris, Bailey's agent, did not return a message.
But Bailey, who arrived on Long Island last week to skate with his teammates at IceWorks, said he wouldn't be here if he didn't think he'd have a contract by Saturday.
"It will get done, believe me," he said.
Among the new additions to the pre-camp group of Islanders skating today were Mark Streit, who hasn't played a game since 2010 after missing all of last season following shoulder surgery, and training camp invitee Jay Pandolfo.
Alexei Yashin was still skating with the gang as well and seemed to be enjoying himself immensely while on an informal scrimmage line with John Tavares.