New York Islanders, Alexei Yashin In Talks About Potential Reunion

Alexi Yashin is reportedly in talks to return to the NHL and the New York Islanders after spending the last four seasons in his native Russia. The report in Newsday says Islanders general manager Garth Snow has confirmed that talks are underway.

Yashin spent 12 seasons in the NHL, racking up 781 points in 850 games in a career that included stints with the Ottawa Senators and Islanders. He scored at least 30 goals in a season six times and at least 40 twice. His best season came in 1998-99 when he set career-highs in goals (44) and assists (50).

Following that season, he refused to play out the final year of his contract and demanded a trade when his requests for a new deal were not met. He eventually sat out the season and returned for the 2000-01 campaign. The following year he was traded to the Islanders. Although Yashin played reasonably well for the Islanders, he never came close to reaching the numbers he achieved in Ottawa and his contract was eventually bought out with four years remaining. About $2.2 million a year of that buyout will continue to count against the Islanders' salary cap until 2014-15 even if Yashin re-signs with them.

While in Russia, Yashin has remained healthy, averaging about .85 points per game. 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.