Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Andy Hilbert signs with Islanders

As ees was nice enough to point out in the comments, Andy Hilbert has signed with the New York Islanders. It's a one year deal, and I haven't found the financial terms yet. Given that the Pens could use guys on the wings that can score, he must be making a bunch more than the Pens were willing to give him. Here's a quote from Neil Smith, the new GM of the Isles:
"One of our goals is to provide opportunities to young players that our staff believes have potential and could be ready for a breakout," said Islanders Vice President and general manager Neil Smith. "We believe that Andy Hilbert is such a player."
Doesn't that sound exactly like what Shero has been saying? This one is kind of puzzling to me...


retoocs said...

hilbert's numbers were inflated by playing alongside crosby.

Tim said...

I agree with retoocs' comment...he didn't have such talent around him while with Boston and Chicago (well, Thornton in Boston but Hilbert only played a handful of games there). It'll be interesting to see how he does in Long Island, though. He could blossom into an excellent player...remember '96 - Alex Stojanov for Markus Naslund?