The New York Islanders have signed free agent center Marty Reasoner to a two-year contract.
Reasoner, 34, spent last season with the Florida Panthers where he scored 14 goals and 32 points while playing in all 82 games. In 706 career NHL games, the 6’1″ 200-pound Honeoye Falls, New York, native has 96 goals and added 159 assists with the Blues, Oilers, Bruins, Thrashers and Panthers.
The Islanders expect Reasoner to be their fourth line center, replacing the role Zenon Konopka filled last season. While Reasoner is not as physical a player as Konopka, he is a strong defensive player, good on faceoffs and will provide more offense than Konopka did.
“Marty solidifies our center position,” Isles GM Garth Snow said. “He is a player who can be counted on to win faceoffs and kill penalties, while at the same time contribute offensively.”
Reasoner was originally a first round pick (14th overall) by the St. Louis Blues in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He played three years of hockey at Boston College.
Going forward, expect the Islanders to continue to add second tier free agents. Any moves involving high profile players are more likely to be done via trade.