NHL: Superior's Sislo signs with Islanders
It's been quite a summer for Superior native Mike Sislo.
The 30-year-old forward was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the Buffalo Sabres on June 14. Then last Monday, he signed a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract with the New York Islanders.
"Getting traded was definitely a surprise, but it was kind of a paper move to clear up some roster spots," Sislo said. "A team can only carry so many players with NHL experience, so it wasn't too serious of a trade because I knew I was going to be a free agent on July 1."
Once he became a free agent, Sislo's agent began looking for teams interested in him and when he heard the Islanders were one of those teams, it didn't take long to make his decision on who he wanted to play for.
"My agent got in contact with multiple teams to see what was out there and who was interested," Sislo said. "There were a handful of teams interested, but once I knew the Islanders were one of them, it seemed like an opportunity I really wanted to pursue.
"The management there is people I'm familiar with and played for in the past, so knowing that they were interested in me was very exciting."
Sislo scored 47 points (23 goals, 24 assists) in 68 games last season with the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League. He then added two points (one goal, one assist) in nine Calder Cup Playoff games.