Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gallant Inks Deal With Islanders

Former Sea Dogs forward/fighter/fan favourite Brett Gallant signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the New York Islanders today.

Gallant has spent most of the past three seasons with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders top affiliate. The Connecticut Post reports the 24-year old will stay with the AHL club for now.

The Islanders blog Lighthouse Hockey breaks down what the signing may mean for the NHL team.

“In essence, this gives the Isles the option of calling him up should they want an enforcer and (Eric) Boulton is either unavailable or deemed less worthy of minutes than Gallant,” writes Dominik.

According to HockeyFights.com, Gallant has 22 fights this season to go along with no points and 174 penalty minutes in 37 games.

The Summerside native spent three seasons with Saint John from 2005-06 to 2007-08 and is still one of the most popular players in franchise history. According to HockeyFights.com, Gallant had 66 career fights with the Sea Dogs and, with the way things are going, that record may never be broken. Mike Thomas is second with 41.

If you have some free time, search "Brett Gallant" on YouTube to see what he has been up to over the past few years.

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