A week and a half ago, when I spoke with Travis Morin, he expressed his hopes that his old Minnesota State teammate Kael Mouillierat would get his first NHL deal this summer. Sure enough, that happened on Tuesday, a blip amid the flurry of free-agent activity that was going on.
Mouillierat signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders.
The 26-year-old forward had 20 goals and 33 assists for 53 points with the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League and additional 13 points in the playoffs where his team fell to Morin's Texas Stars in the Calder Cup finals.
The Islanders' AHL affiliate is the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, a team Mouillierat played 44 for in 2011-12.
He has played in 160 career AHL games, compiling 120 points, including 39 goals, and also had 119 points (55 goals) in 117 games in the ECHL.
Meanwhile, former Maverick Ryan Carter is a free agent. He played for the New Jersey Devils the past 2 1/2 seasons. He played 62 games this season, compiling seven goals and three assists, along with 35 penalty minutes. Reports are that the Devils would like to re-sign him.