By KEVIN GARDNER The weather’s been tough for the New York Islanders this season, but the club is ready to get the season back on track with a few new additions to the team’s roster.
After a lengthy offseason of player acquisitions, the Islanders have been on a rebuilding spree, and the team will be getting some good pieces back this season.
The club announced Tuesday that defenseman Zach Redmond has signed a two-year deal to join the club.
He has three years remaining on his contract, which also includes $5 million in cap space.
Redmond, 27, played in 10 games for the Islanders last season, recording one assist and a minus-2 rating.
He was acquired from the Nashville Predators in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 3, 2019.
The 6-foot-3, 201-pounder has appeared in 67 career NHL games, registering nine points (one goal, six assists) and a plus-6 rating.
He is coming off a breakout season in 2018-19 that saw him rank fourth among all skaters in plus-minus rating and seventh in assists, among skaters who played at least 100 games.
Redmonds ranked sixth among all defensemen in average ice time per game in 2018, per Natural Stat Trick, while also leading the league with a plus/minus rating of plus-16.
He also had a plus and a goal in the playoffs.
The Isles also announced that the club has signed forward Kyle Okposo, who is expected to be a key part of the team going forward.
Okposo has two seasons remaining on a two year deal, which will pay him $4.8 million, with $3 million guaranteed.
The native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, is ranked fourth among NHL defensemen with 721 points, and ranks fifth in goals, assists and plus/plus rating.
The 6-0, 202-pound forward had six points (two goals, four assists) in his final 17 games of the season, helping the Islanders win the Metropolitan Division and the Presidents’ Trophy.
Okroso also had 10 points (four goals, eight assists) over the final 19 games of last season.