Report: Islanders, Poulin avoid arbitration with 1-year, 2-way deal worth $650K

Thomas Drance

The New York Islanders have avoided arbitration with third-string goaltender Kevin Poulin, with the two sides reportedly agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay Poulin $650,000 at the NHL level, according to Luke Fox of Sportsnet

Poulin, 24, has appeared in 49 games with the Islanders since the 2010-11 season and appeared 28 times a season ago. While his latest contract is a two-way deal, Poulin is not exempt from waivers and will have to be made available to the 29 other NHL teams if he fails to break camp with the Islanders this fall. 

That would seem a likely scenario, considering that the Islanders spent this summer bolstering their goaltending - trading for and signing veteran starter Jaroslav Halak and gambling on recent Boston Bruins backup Chad Johnson in free agency.