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Isles re-sign tough guy Boulton

May 17, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

The New York Islanders kicked off what promises to be a busy offseason by re-signing forward Eric Boulton on a one-year deal.

Boulton, 36, joined the Isles this season after spending 2011-12 with New jersey. The 13-year veteran appeared in 15 games for the Islanders, registering a minus-4 rating while racking up 36 PIM.

A noted pugilist, Boulton only got in four scraps this season (down from a career-high 18 in 2002-03 ) but one stuck out in particular — this Apr. 18 tilt against Toronto’s Colton Orr:

Financial terms of the deal were not released, but Boulton spent last season playing on a one-year, $540,000 deal.


  1. bcisleman - May 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    If Isles didn’t sign EB, they’d have to sign somebody like him. Hopefully we have a whole series of signings leading up to the draft, where I hope they draft Max Domi and FA where I hope they sign Khudobin.

    • bcisleman - May 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Also hope they draft some goalies in later rounds as current prospects are struggling.

  2. multiplemiggs - May 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    it takes 8 years for an 18 year old goalie to become a solid NHL starter. We obviously need some for down the road but dont count on drafting our future starter this year. The rebuilding is finally over.

  3. jr507 - May 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Trade for Bernier, resign Nabby, develop Poulin.

  4. multiplemiggs - May 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Poulin was supposed to be developing all season, he was playing during the lockout for Bridgeport and a certain someone got in the way, ahem, and is still standing in the way of his entire development process. A good move would be to part ways with DP, buy out his contract and let him try to revive his career elsewhere. It has now become a burden on our team. Poulin would have had a full year of AHL service in this season and that ticks me off. Only reason I see Nabby coming back is bc he is a much cheaper option than anyone else. The Islanders were the bargain team of the year, paying under a million dollars for guys like A-Mac and Grabner. Even Boyes was cheap, but pay day is coming soon, Moulson will be a UFA after next season as well, Hamonics payday will come in a couple of years, if you want Streit back you gotta pay him too. Signing a big name name goalie long term isnt the best move at this time for a team who soon wont be at the cap floor anymore.

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