Unlike other teams willing to throw questionable amounts of money at a thin class of unrestricted free agents, the Islanders took a more modest approach on the first day of free agency.
The signing of veteran center Marty Reasoner to a two-year deal worth $2.7 million was not a headline-maker in comparison to Buffalo’s bold moves or Florida’s big spending, but it was a safe bet.
The 34-year-old Reasoner, who finished with 14 goals and 18 assists playing in all 82 games for the Panthers last season, is a sturdy veteran with good checking ability and a reasonable price tag.
For Islanders GM Garth Snow, who struck out trying to sign top-shelf defenseman Christian Ehrhoff earlier this week, it was a sound decision.
“The addition of Marty solidifies our center position,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a team release. “He is a player who can be counted on to win face-offs and kill penalties, as well as contribute offensively.”
Reasoner, who spends the offseason with his family in Cape Cod, said his former Boston College teammate Mike Mottau gave Long Island a hearty endorsement.
"I know he has only had good things to say about the team and the direction that they're headed," Reasoner said when reached by phone Friday. "He was pretty influential in giving [Long Island] his stamp of approval as a place to play and have a family."
The Islanders also announced the signing of Russian prospect Kirill Kabanov to a three-year entry-level deal. The mercurial-yet-talented 18-year-old was a third-round pick in 2010.