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Sound Tigers Player Chaser

Courtesy: SoundTigers.com
          Release: 06/14/2017
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Updated: June 21, 2017 – 9:30 p.m. ET

For the hockey ops department of a professional team, the off-season is just as important as the six months of the regular season – if not more-so. It's the time of year when general managers and front office personnel begin the process of roster construction and fans find out the answer to their favorite off-season question: “Is [favorite player] coming back next year?”

It can take quite a while to explain all of the factors that go into whether a player returns from season to season, but we'll do our best to keep you up to date this summer. Below is a list of players who completed the 2016-17 campaign with the Sound Tigers (and some others) and where they stand heading into the 2017-18 season.

Before getting started, keep in mind AHL rosters have the potential to change considerably from year to year. For instance, only 17 players who appeared in at least 20 games with Bridgeport during the 2015-16 season returned last year.

Now for what you came for. Keep in mind that many of the players in the “Signed for 2017-18” category are signed by the New York Islanders (NHL) and not specifically Bridgeport. They will have a chance to make the big club in training camp. In addition, there are players on this list that may not stay with the Sound Tigers after training camp. Players can be assigned to the ECHL or reassigned to their junior team in some cases.   

Signed for 2017-18

F   Matthew Barzal (NHL)*

F   Steve Bernier (NHL/AHL) - Signed two-year, two-way deal on 6/9/17

F   Michael Dal Colle (NHL)*

F   Tanner Fritz (NHL/AHL) - Signed two-year, two-way deal on 3/29/17

F   Matt Gaudreau (AHL) - Signed one-year deal on 6/13/17 

F   Josh Ho-Sang (NHL) *

F   Ross Johnston (NHL)*

F   Jeff Kubiak (AHL) - Signed one-year deal on 4/7/17  

F   Kyle Schempp (NHL)*

F   Travis St. Denis (AHL) - Signed one-year deal on 6/16/17 

F   John Stevens (NHL)*

F   Carter Verhaeghe (NHL)*

D   Kyle Burroughs (NHL)*

D   Ryan Pulock (NHL)*

D   Devon Toews (NHL)*

D   Mitchell Vande Sompel (NHL)*

D   Parker Wotherspoon (NHL)*

G   Eamon McAdam (NHL)*

*Denotes entry-level contract with the New York Islanders


A restricted free agent usually means it's up to the Islanders whether or not to bring these players back. Players either re-sign with their NHL team from the previous season or become an unrestricted free agent.

Restricted Free Agents

F   Connor Jones

D   Matt Finn

D   Jesse Graham

D   Loic Leduc

D   Adam Pelech

G   Christopher Gibson

G   Stephon Williams


Unrestricted free agents are free to sign with any team in the NHL, AHL or anywhere else in the world.

Unrestricted Free Agents

F   Eric Boulton (Veteran)

F   Taylor Cammarata

F   Ben Holmstrom (Veteran)

F   Josh Holmstrom

F   Kellen Jones

F   Bracken Kearns (Veteran)

F   Colin Markison

F   Darren Nowick

F   Andrew Rowe - Signed with Mora (SHL) on 6/3/17

F   Tim Wallace - Signed with Sheffield (EIHL) on 5/25/17

F   Josh Winquist

D   Patrick Cullity

D   Kane Lafranchise

D   Jon Landry (Veteran)


All NHL contracts run through June 30, which means no team other than the Islanders can sign these players before July 1. All AHL contracts are one-year deals that also run through June 30, but those players can sign with any NHL club at any point, however they cannot sign with an AHL team (aside from Bridgeport) until July 1. Therefore, the Sound Tigers' 2017-18 roster won't begin to take shape until early to mid July.

Stay tuned!

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