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Isles Re-Sign Ryan Strome

Training camp starts Thursday and the Islanders have a rule in place that if a player is not signed by the start of training camp then they will not play for the rest of the season. Last year it came close as Brock Nelson re-signed in the final hours, same to Josh Bailey awhile back, and things were starting to get intense with the Islanders and Ryan Strome. However, with training camp coming up in two days, Strome and the Isles end the intensity as Strome re-signs for two years at $5 million, an average of $2.5 million a year. The 2011 5th overall pick didn’t have his best season last year but his seasons before it and small stretches from last season definitely show the potential he has. Strome’s NHL career started off when some injuries on the Islanders in the 2013-2014 season allowed for him to get a chance in the lineup. He played 37 games that season with seven goals and 11 assists coming from it. The following season, the 2014-2015 season, Strome appeared in all but one of the Isles’ 82 regular-season games. Strome had 17 goals and 33 assists as well as +/- rating of +23.  That year in the playoffs, Strome scored in both his first and second NHL playoff games ending off with two goals and two assists in a first round seven game exit to the Washington Capitals. Last season Strome had a slow start and with a two-way contract the Islanders decided to send him down to Bridgeport to play for the Islanders AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Strome had two goals and two assists in eight games before being called back up around Thanksgiving. In his first game back up with the Islanders Strome scored a goal and played well in the games shortly following it. He finished the regular-season with 71 games played, eight goals, and 20 assists. In the playoffs he had the go-ahead goal in game one of the first round against the Panthers after Alan Quine made a whole bunch of nice moves to get a shot off, Strome buried the rebound. After that he struggled a little leading him to be scratched for a couple of games but he got another chance in game one of the second round where he set up Shane Prince twice in under two minutes in what came out to be an Isles victory. Strome ended the playoffs with eight games played, one goal, and three assists. I think we very well might see a bounce-back year for Strome who has a new contract, two years for $5 million.

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