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Around the Ice-

By Alec-

Isles Spot Light-

Last Updated January 10, 2004

Today the New York Islanders have announced the signing of unrestricted free agent Cliff Ronning due to key injuries up front with both Yashin and Parrish being out of the line up.

According to TSN.ca, the deal is said to be worth $800, 000 US dollars for half a season.

After a long wait by the 38-year-old forward, Ronning finally had a NHL team call while he was in Vancouver at home keeping in shape.

Ronning had been playing with the Minnesota Wild.

In the 17 NHL seasons Ronning has played, he has collected 297 goals and 548 assists, totalling to 845 points.

The B.C native was drafted by the St. Louis Blues 134th overall and since then has been on the Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota Wild, and now is with the New York Islanders.


Well it couldn’t get too much better for what the New York Islanders are looking at here. They get a great left handed forward who can do some great things on the power play for what I would consider a great deal money wise.

The Islanders obviously did this pick up for injuries such as Parrish, who sprained his ankle, and Alexei Yashin. Therefore, this factors out his age. He is 38 years old and obviously this or his next will be his last in the NHL. The deal (as noted) was for half a season.

A much needed and predicted move by the New York Islanders, however still a smart one as this will take some weight off of some shoulders such as Mariusz Czerkawski, Shawn Bates, Kvasha, and others just to support the offensive losses of the pair.

This will help out a not very well known but good quality New York Islanders offence when Parrish and Yashin return this season.

However even though Ronning will help out up front, the Islanders expect fairly good production from him, seeing how right now they want to move up the standings, and make sure they stay in the top 8 of the East.

Signing off is Alec for "Isles Spotlight."