In a weird twist of fate the Islanders have extended UFA winger Mark Parrish a 25-game tryout contract with the team's AHL affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Check out the story here at Newsday's Isles blog.
Parrish spent the majority of his career with the Islanders between 2000 and 2006 before being traded late in the 2005-06 campaign to the Los Angeles Kings. After reaching free agency, Parrish signed with what he believed to be greener pastures inking a 5 year deal with the Minnesota Wild and returning to his home state. Only 2 years in to the 5 year contract the Wild bought out the last 3 years of his deal this summer making him a UFA. Parrish received little tangible interest since he was cut so late (early August) when most teams had pretty much firmed up their lineups. We wish Mark lots of luck and would not be disappointed to see him in the Orange & Blue again since the youth experiment has been mixed at best so far.