Mouillierat moves on, signs with Islanders

Brendan McCarthy
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Zach Redmond wasn’t the only St. John’s IceCaps mainstay who found a new home Tuesday, the first day of NHL free agency.
Forward Kael Mouillierat, the IceCaps’ fourth-leading scorer last season, signed a one-year, two-way deal with the New York Islanders, bringing him back to an organization with which he spent some time a couple of years ago.

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Kael Mouillierat signed with the New York Islanders on the first day of NHL free agency, Tuesday.

He had been a free agent after the expiration of his AHL contract with the IceCaps.

The 26-year-old forward, who had 20 goals and 53 points in 60 games with St. John’s last season, played 44 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Isles’ AHL farm team, in 2011-12.

The Edmonton native, who joined the IceCaps from the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads in early December of 2012, registered 31 goals and 64 assists in 110 total games with St. John’s.

Like Redmond, he had been particulary good in the IceCaps’ march through the AHL playoffs to the Calder Cup final this spring. Mouilierat had seven goals and 13 points in post-season play, including four goals in the five-game final, which saw St. John’s knocked off by the Texas Stars.

There’s a good chance Mouillierat will be playing at Mile One Centre within the next few months and not necessarily as a member of the Sound Tigers. That’s because the Islanders will play an exhibition game against the Ottawa Senators here in September.

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On Monday, the Winnipeg Jets tendered qualifying offers to six players who were with the IceCaps last season, but also saw varying amounts of time in the NHL.

Forwards Carl Klingberg, John Albert, Eric O’Dell and Patrice Cormier, defenceman Ben Chiarot and goaltender Michael Hutchinson are restricted free agents, but by issuing the qualifying offers — which provide pay raises of at least 10 per cent  —  the Jets retain negotiating rights to those players. Other NHL teams have the ability to negotiate with them and if they are offered a deal by one of those teams, Winnipeg will have week to decide whether to match.

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The Jets did not make qualifying offers to four other RFA’s, forwards James Wright and Matt Halischuk, and defencemen Keaton Ellerby and Cody Sol, making them unrestricted free agents. Sol played one game with the IceCaps in 2013-14 and 26  in 2012-13. The other three spent all of last season with the Jets ... Other moves involving the Jets over the last couple of days saw the team re-sign a couple of its own free agents, defenceman and Bonavista native Adam Pardy (one year, one-way, $700,000) and forward Chris Thorburn (one year, $1,200,000), while also bringing in centre Mathieu Perreault (three years, $9,000,000), who had been with the Anaheim Ducks last season ... Winnipeg saw unrestricted free agent goalie Al Montoya hook on with the Florida Panthers, leaving an opening for a backup to Ondrej Pavelec on the Jets. Speaking to the media in Winnipeg on Tuesday, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Hutchinson earned the right to compete for his job with his play last season, but he didn’t rule out bringing in another netminder to add to the mix ... Former St. John’s Fog Devils (QMJHL) defenceman T.J. Brennan, an AHL all-star with the Toronto Marlies last season, signed a one-year, one-way contract as a free agent with the New York Islanders Tuesday.

 

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Organizations: IceCaps, Winnipeg Jets, Islanders Bridgeport Sound Tigers Texas Stars.There Ottawa Senators NHL Florida Panthers Toronto Marlies New Jersey Devils

Geographic location: Winnipeg, Edmonton, September. Bonavista Willingboro, N.J.

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