The New York Islanders have added a lineup reinforcement prior to the trade deadline.
On Wednesday morning, the club announced forward Jesse Joensuu had been activated from injured reserve, meaning he’s now eligible to make his 2013 debut.
The 25-year-old Finn has missed the entire season after suffered a sports hernia while playing in Finland’s SM-liiga during the lockout, an injury that required surgery and landed him on the Isles’ suspension list.
(Under lockout rules, teams that had players injured playing overseas were allowed to suspend them without pay upon the resumption of play. The Isles exercised their option to do so with Joenssu, and fellow forward Josh Bailey.)
Joensuu hasn’t played for the Isles since the 2010-11 season, when he scored 6G-3A-9PTS in 42 games.
The 6-foot-4, 212-pound winger has some solid physical attributes and flourished playing with Assat during the work stoppage, scoring 25 points in 24 games.
In slightly less interesting Los Angeles Kings news than the latest in the Mike Richards fiasco, the team handed Peter Budaj a one-year, two-way deal on Friday.
The veteran goalie’s contract pays $575K on the NHL level and $100K in the AHL (though it’s $150K guaranteed), according to Hockey’s Cap.
At the moment, it sounds like Budaj will be third on the Kings’ goalie depth chart. That says as much about how things have been going lately for Los Angeles than Budaj’s work on a PTO.
As noted above, one of the more significant moves in Budaj’s favor came when the New York Islanders claimed Jean-Francois Berube off of waivers this week.
The Kings actually waived Budaj before signing him, so this has to be a relief to a goalie with a fairly robust resume as a backup.
All apologies to Budaj, but it’s probably true that the Kings would prefer not to see him at the NHL level very often in 2015-16.
The Los Angeles Kings announced today that they have “reached an agreement with Mike Richards to resolve the grievance filed in relation to the termination of his NHL Standard Players Contract. The terms are agreeable to all parties.”
The club said that it will not be commenting further “on the terms” of the settlement.
The NHLPA released a similar statement.
It was reported earlier in the week that a settlement was close to being reached; however, it wasn’t clear what salary-cap penalties the Kings would incur.
We’re starting to find out some details now:
How the final numbers differ from what the Kings would have incurred if they’d bought Richards out will be interesting to see. And if there are differences, how will they be justified?