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Recapping day two of free agency

Well the Islanders certainly made up for their inactivity on Day splashy signings, but some solid additions:

*Mark Eaton, 33. Defenseman. 6-2, 212. 3 goals, 13 assists in 79 games for Pittsburgh this season. Signed 2-year deal worth $5 million. Sturdy, veteran blue-liner who won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009 and can provide the Islanders defense with experience.

"I'm excited," Eaton said. "I look at this as a good opportunity. When I signed with Pittsburgh, I was in a similar situation with an up-and-coming group. I'm looking forward to contributing."

*Milan Jurcina, 27. Defenseman. 6-4, 233. 1 goal and assists in 44 games while splitting time with both Washington and Columbus. Signed 1-year deal worth $1 million. Although limited last season because of a sports hernia injury, Jurcina adds bulk to the team's back end when healthy. He also played for Scott Gordon while with the AHL's Providence Bruins and Gordon says he provides the size on defense they lacked after trading Andy Sutton to Ottawa in March.

"For a big guy, he skates well, covers a lot of ice, has a big shot and can help out on the penalty kill," Gordon said. "I know Garth had a busy day yesterday, and to not come away with some of those guys was frustrating, but to get what we got today takes a load off our minds. It gives our defense more depth and experience."

*P.A. Parenteau, 27. Right Wing. 5-11, 195. 3 goals and 5 assists in 22 games with the Rangers. Signed a 1-year deal worth $600,000. Parenteau, a skilled winger and shootout specialist, has been an AHL standout (20 goals and 25 assists in 35 games for the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack) but has never been able to fully crack the Rangers lineup.

"It's a fresh start. I know I'm an NHL-caliber player," Parenteau said. "The deal they gave me was a good mark of confidence."

*Zenon Konopka, 29. Center. 6-1, 213. 2 goals and 3 assists in 74 games with Tampa Bay. Signed a 1-year deal worth $600,000. Konopka, who led the league with 265 penalty minutes last season, is known as a tough, physical fourth-line center who will drop the gloves, frustrate opponents, and win his fair share of faceoffs.

“He obviously brings an element of grit and toughness that we found appealing," Snow said.

Asked if he plans on having both Konopka and Gillies both in the lineup, Snow replied: "Absolutely."



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