The 2013 waiver party continues: The New York Islanders have claimed Aucoin ... but it's not the "Relive 2002" kind of Aucoin.
Keith Aucoin is a career minor leaguer with an epic history of production at the AHL level. Another Massachusetts native, he was most recently with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where it looked like he might finally get his shot at an NHL role.
Now it looks like that shot will come with the Islanders, who had an underwhelming bottom six group last season. Aucoin signed with the Leafs on a two-way deal this summer, leaving the Capitals organization after a quest for a surer (and one-way) contract.
At age 34, he's compiled 102 NHL games with the Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes, yielding 37 points. In the AHL, he's put up 777 career points in 673 games. (Yes, he's on Twitter at @coiner11.)
Strome, Reinhart Headed Back
Separately, the Islanders have told Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart they will be returned to their junior clubs, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. [UPDATE: Now official.] (Earlier, the club returned Jon Landry to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.)
Islanders Return Strome, Reinhart; Waiver Claim Aucoin
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