After much dismay, the New York Islanders have made a move that might make fans very happy.
The team has decided to officially recall Ryan Strome up from the AHL. According to ESPN,
Strome, a 20-year-old center and former first-round pick, has been dominating the AHL recently, prompting a frustrated Islanders fan base to clamor for his recall in the wake of the team’s recent losing streak.
That 10-game skid was snapped Tuesday night when the Isles edged the San Jose Sharks in a shootout, 3-2, aided by a phenomenal performance by goaltender Kevin Poulin. The team faces the Coyotes on Thursday, the last of a brutal five-game road trip out West.
The move is a good one for the struggling Islanders. From Newsday,
Pierre-Marc Bouchard cleared waivers at noon EST yesterday, and Strome could not be officially recalled until then. Players cannot travel before their official recall, so Strome would have had to catch a flight (or more likely two), fly cross country all day and then try to jump into the lineup Tuesday night.
Strome will join the team Wednesday in Phoenix in preparation for tomorrow’s game that finishes off this five-game road trip. Strome was named AHL Player of the Week for the second consecutive week on Monday and the 20-year-old leaves Bridgeport as the AHL’s leading scorer, with nine goals and 24 assists.
Bouchard, who signed a one-year, $2-million deal with the Isles before the season, wasn’t claimed and will report to the Sound Tigers.