The Islanders reported today that they have re-signed forward Trevor Gillies to a 1 year, 2 way deal. Financial details have not yet been released.
AT: No problem with this one as I'd been saying. As the 13th forward and spending a good majority of time in the AHL, Gillies fits his role perfectly. He'll inevitably be called up for divisional rival games, especially against the Penguins and Rangers. After knocking Godard out in the "bury Gillies" invasion game that Penguin fans orchestrated, I welcome him back with open arms.
CH: I've made it clear that I am not a fan of bringing Trevor Gillies back. That said, he is on a two-way contract this year. All this means is that Gillies will now make an NHL salary in the NHL and an AHL salary in the AHL. But it could be a significant sign that Gillies will spend most of his time at Bridgeport next year. If that is the case, I have no problem whatsoever with this. In the NHL, well, there's other options, and I think he is a waste of a roster spot. But we are talking about the 13th forward at the NHL level, at the absolute best, so in the grand scheme of things it's not a big deal.
As far as the comparisons to Zenon Konopka go, it's not the same thing at all. Konopka is a fourth line center who will play every game. Gillies isn't that at all - he's a depth call-up for games pretty much only against division rivals. So the fact that they are bringing back Gillies but not Konopka is pretty insignificant, in my opinion. If you want to question the move, question bringing back Gillies as a whole without comparing him to Konopka.