02 July 2010
After a quiet first day of free agency, the Islanders picked up the pace in day two, signing various free agents. The Islanders agreed to terms on one-year contracts with P.A. Parenteau and Zenon Konopka. Parenteau played in the Rangers organization for the past three years. Last year was his first in the NHL, playing in 22 games and scoring 3 goals and 5 assists for the Raggies. The two seasons prior, Pierre played for the team’s AHL subsidiary, the Hartford Wolf Pack where he averaged over a point per game. In two seasons there, he racked up 63 goals and 96 assists for 159 points playing 149 games. Zenon Konopka played on Tampa Bay for the last two seasons. Konopka played in 74 games and put up two goals and three assists while leading the league with his 265 penalty minutes. Zenon has had multiple stints in the AHL, with Cincinnati, Portland, Syracuse, and Norfolk.
GM Snow commented that: "To add both Pierre and Zenon puts a tremendous amount of skill and grit into our lineup [...] Pierre has been one of the top scorers in the AHL the past two seasons and showed he can play in the NHL in his time with the Rangers this season. Konopka is a high character guy that will do anything to help our team win and adds an intimidating factor into our lineup.”
While they may not be ready for full-time NHL, but these big-time AHL scorers are just what the Bridgeport Sound Tigers need to solidify their playoff-caliber offense.
On the defensive front, the Islanders grabbed blue-liners Mark Eaton and Milan Jurcina. Mark, 33, played with Pittsburgh for the last four years, winning the cup in ’09. Last season he tallied 16 points (3 goals and 13 assists) for Pittsburgh. Milan Jurcina played in Washington, predominately, for his entire career. In those 211 games with the Capitals he scored 6 goals for 36 points.
Garth Snow noted: “With the addition of both Mark and Milan, we add both size and experience to our defense [...] Each played in winning environments the past few years and we look forward to them bringing that same element to our dressing room.”
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