As Newsday reported Sunday, the Islanders have decided to part ways with 25-year-old defenseman Jack Hillen.
Hillen was conspicuously absent from the list of six players to whom the Islanders extended qualifying offers: forwards Josh Bailey, Blake Comeau, Micheal Haley, and Jesse Joensuu; and defensemen Dylan Reese and Ty Wishart.
Hillen, who finished with four goals and 18 assists in 64 games this season, will hit the open market on July 1. If the Minnetonka, Minnesota native doesn't garner the interest he'd like in free agency, the Islanders could still be an option. Hillen liked living and playing on Long Island and wouldn't close the door on a potential reunion with the team given the right circumstances.
Dustin Kohn also did not receive a qualifying offer from the Islanders, which means he'll be an unrestricted free agent beginning Friday. At one point believed to be a solid defensive prospect, Kohn has floundered in recent years and failed to make a great impression with the team's coaching staff.
The former second-round pick (2005, 46th overall) was limited to four assists in 22 games with the Islanders this season; he has spent the bulk of his tenure with the Islanders playing for the team's AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.
The Islanders agreed to terms with Slovakian forward Tomas Marcinko on a one-year, two-way contract Monday.