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Islanders sign Gudlevskis to one-year, two-way contract


CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 24: at the United Center on October 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Lightning 1-0 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jonathan Daniel

The New York Islanders and restricted free agent goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis agreed to terms on Tuesday on a one-year, two-way contract according to the team.

The deal will reportedly be worth $650,000 if Gudlevskis is in the NHL and $250,000 if he is in the American Hockey League.

The Islanders acquired Gudlevskis from the Tampa Bay Lightning this summer in exchange for Carter Verhaeghe.

The 24-year-old netminder has appeared in just five games (three regular season, two playoffs) in his NHL career to this point but has stopped 88 of the 93 shots he has faced in those limited minutes. He spent most of the 2016-17 season playing for the Syracuse Crunch where he recorded an .897 save percentage in 37 games.

With Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss on the NHL roster Gudlevskis is simply organizational depth at this point and should be expected to open the year in the AHL, barring injury to one of the other two.