The Islanders placed Kearns on waivers Friday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. The Islanders inked Kearns to a one-year, two-way deal in June to bring his veteran leadership back to AHL Bridgeport for another season, so this move was expected. The 35-year-old winger drew into two games with the Islanders last season, and could get a similar opportunity in 2016-17 if and when the Islanders are hit with the injury bug up front.
Kearns signed a one-year, two-way contract with New York on Wednesday. Kearns has cracked an NHL lineup a mere 33 times in his career, but the organization likely extended him based on his veteran leadership with AHL Bridgeport Sound. If he does suit up for the Islanders at all next season, the center will not offer much in terms of fantasy value.
Kearns picked up his first points of the year with a shorthanded assist and added three hits in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Sabres. Kearns was recalled Saturday from AHL Bridgeport and immediately paid dividends on the fourth line. The Islanders are dealing with injuries, and if they're forced to stick with the 34-year-old, he at least brings 52 points with him from the AHL. However, the winger has had multiple chances with other clubs in the past and failed to make a consistent impact.
Kearns was recalled by the Islanders from AHL Bridgeport on an emergency basis Saturday. Kearns will round out the Islanders' depth at forward while Matt Martin (upper body) and Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) remain sidelined with injuries. The 34-year-old will slot into a bottom-six role Saturday against the Sabres.
Bracken Kearns signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Thursday.
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