Timashov signed a one-year, two-way contract with Timashov on Wednesday, Puck Pedia reports. Timashov was waived by the Islanders earlier Wednesday. The 24-year-old winger was a restricted free agent before signing the deal. After posting nine points over 44 NHL games last season, Timashov has enough experience at the top level to add value to the team's taxi squad until the AHL season commences.
The Islanders waived Timashov on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. Timashov garnered praise from coach Barry Trotz early on in camp, but evidently didn't impress enough to earn a spot on the Opening Night roster. It wouldn't, however, be surprising to see him end up on New York's taxi squad. The 24-year-old forward picked up nine points in 39 games split between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings last season.
Timashov stood out to coach Barry Trotz on the first day of training camp, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. Trotz stated that Timashov is stronger than he looks and can play multiple positions. Timashov is likely playing for a spot on the third line and battling players like Michael Dal Colle and Leo Komarov for the right to play with Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Even if Timashov were to win a job out of camp, Trotz could keep rotating wings on this line until he finds a combination he is comfortable with.
The Islanders acquired the rights to Timashov from Detroit in exchange for future considerations on Friday. Timashov is currently a restricted free agent after scoring nine points in 44 games last season with the Maple Leafs and Red Wings. The 24-year-old winger showed steady improvements in three years with AHL Toronto -- scoring 24, 35, and 49 points during that span -- prior to making his NHL debut last season. Assuming he agrees to a deal with the Islanders, Timashov will likely be a depth bottom-six winger during the 2020-21 campaign.
Timashov has racked up seven hits in two games since the Red Wings claimed him off waivers from Toronto. Timashov logged 11 minutes of ice time in his Wings debut against the Senators last Saturday, and he ultimately settled a visa issue in time for Monday's clash with the Avalanche. Born in Ukraine, the rookie winger partially offsets the team's loss of Andreas Athanasiou, as both players are known for their explosiveness and ability to fly through the attacking zone. Timashov is undeniably more physical than AA, though it'll take some time for the former to get up to speed at the top level.
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