Isles Take The SIMple Route
The New York Islanders have re-signed veteran winger, Jon Sim to a two-way contract for next season. At 32 years of age, Sim will be returning for his fourth year with the team (although his first year lasted for two games before he suffered a season-ending knee injury).
Last year was a bit of a roller coaster season for Sim. He started with the Isles, was placed on waivers and went untouched, went down to the Isles farm team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and then ended up getting re-called to join the team when roster space opened up due to injuries. He finished the year with nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 49 games with the big club, in addition to 23 points (13 goals and 10 assists) in 18 games with the Sound Tigers.
At first I was unsure why Snow took the simple route in Jon Sim. It seemed the agitating pugilist would be taking away a roster spot from someone like Parenteau, or any other young forward attempting to make the team out of training camp. But I was able to see that it was a two-way deal after a few more minutes on Twitter.
Sim is a veteran and could help the team if they experience injury trouble, but I would be very surprised if he is on the opening line-up if everyone is healthy by October. The two-way contract makes him an easy call-up when needed and keeps a character guy in the locker room when he plays with the Islanders.
However, it remains to be seen if the Islanders will be able to get a top-six winger that can help their playoff hopes. With Sim only being a simple depth signing, I wouldn't count Garth Snow out just yet.
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