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Isles, Poulin avoid arbitration with one-year, two-way deal

Jul 24, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

Kevin Poulin

Kevin Poulin is back for another tour with the Islanders.

The 24-year-old goalie, who’s appeared in 49 games for New York over the last four seasons, avoided arbitration on Thursday by agreeing to a one-year, two-way deal for 2014-15. Per Sportsnet, the contact will pay $650,000 at the NHL level and $175,000 at the AHL level.

How much time Poulin sees at the NHL level next year remains to be seen.

The Isles overhauled their goalie situation this offseason, acquiring then signing Jaroslav Halak before going out and inking former Boston backup Chad Johnson to be their No. 2. That would, presumably, leave Poulin as the odd-man out, but he’s shown remarkable resiliency during his time in New York to keep finding ways to get games (granted, that often meant being around when someone else got hurt.)

Last season Poulin set career highs in appearances (28) while going 11-16-1, though it’s hard to imagine he’ll see an equal workload this year with Halak and Johnson in the fold.

  1. henrik4dawin - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    You said NHL twice instead of NHL and AHL– might want to fix that Halford

    • digbysellers - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      He just did that because he didn’t want to come anywhere near mentioning Bridgeport in the article. I’m sure Poulin is real excited to spend the season there…yikes.

  2. rjmisles1980 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    I agree that this is simply a depth move. Nothing against him, but I am hoping that we do not see a lot of him this year.

    • islesjb - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Same, before he injured his knee in warm ups a couple years ago he showed some real potential; when given opportunities he did not show enough. Think he still has a shot at being an NHL caliber goalie some day just not this season

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