That’s not a typo, which is slightly sad. What’s sadder is this may be his last chance to deliver on his “upside”.
Kevin Poulin, 2008 5th round pick and heir to the throne, has signed a new deal after rejecting the Islanders’ qualifying offer. It is a one year-two way contract worth $600K/$275K. Sound familiar? That’s the exact same deal he signed last summer. He will return to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers without the security of the starter’s job. He may still be the first emergency recall (*sweating, short breaths*) in case some sort of malfeasance befalls Jaroslav Halak or Thomas Greiss (*clutches chest, falls down*).
After a disappointing 2013-14 season, Poulin took a one year-two way deal two reassert himself with the Sound Tigers. Honestly, read this piece from last summer. Everything that was said then can be applied to today.
The new chapter in this saga is serious. Conceivably, this is Poulin’s last contract with the New York Islanders. When this contract expires it will mark eight years of “promise” and “upside” and “He’ll earn it in camp”. When those sentences no longer apply, you get the same deal two years in a row. The same money when everyone else gets a raise. The same place you were last year when everyone else has moved on.
Unlike previous years there is suitable depth for Garth Snow to make a decision about the future. “Starting goaltender for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers” is now an open proposition. Kevin Poulin is staring down the barrel at his last chance in the Islanders organization.