Pandolfo signs one-year deal

Two-time Stanley Cup Champion happy to secure contract, looks to add leadership

Tuesday, 10.4.2011 / 6:11 PM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Pandolfo signs one-year deal
Yesterday afternoon, veteran winger Jay Pandolfo felt anxious about his future. He was still attending Islanders Training Camp on a tryout basis, the roster deadline was looming and he’d yet to sign any contracts or talk about any kind of deal. That all changed Tuesday afternoon, when Pandolfo agreed to terms on a one-year deal to remain with the Islanders through the 2011-12 season.

“It was pretty easy to get done,” Pandolfo said. “I just wanted to be part of the team. I think this team is exciting and has a good chance to do well this year.”

Jay Pandolfo takes a first period shot against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on September 30, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Playing in all five exhibition games, Islanders management and coaching staff gave the Burlington, MA native a long, hard look as they evaluated his level of play and how he could fit into the hockey club. Not only will he add skill and experience to the Islanders penalty kill, but he’ll bring a veteran presence.

“The biggest thing is to go out and play the right way every night,” Pandolfo said. “I just want to do the little things that help teams win, be it penalty-killing or being on the ice when you have a lead late in the game.”

He added, “I also want to lead by example on and off the ice. They have a great group of leadership here. It should be easy to fit in. I’m just going to do what I’ve always done.”

Pandolfo joins a suddenly lengthy list of newly acquired veterans on the Island. Along with off-season acquisitions Brian Rolston and Marty Reasoner, as well as fellow camp invite Steve Staios (who signed his one-year deal Sept. 30).

“Adding Rolston, Reasoner and Staios and having Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo healthy for the whole year will really make a huge difference,” Pandolfo said.

While the two-time Stanley Cup Champion believes in the leadership and veteran presence, he also believes in the team’s core and their bright future.

“I think these guys played really well at the end of last year and now are a year older, with more experience,” Pandolfo said. “They really saw what it takes to win in the last half of the year. I think that’s going to help starting this season off right.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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