According to a report from Arthur Staple of The Athletic, veteran NHL defenseman Luca Sbisa has signed a professional tryout (PTO) contract with the New York Islanders.
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Interesting addition to Isles vets skate today: D Luca Sbisa. Played with Vegas last season, no word yet whether there’s a contract or PTO coming.
Sbisa says he’s attending Isles camp on a PTO.
It’s interesting to note that the Isles also have veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on a PTO, as well. Meanwhile, youngsters like Sebastian Aho (No… not THAT one), Noah Dobson and Devan Toews are all pushing for regular playing time on the Islanders’ blue line. Could they be pushed out by Seidenberg and Sbisa? It certainly would be in line with GM Lou Lamoriello’s past moves…
For what it’s worth, Sbisa is just 28 years old… which seems hard to believe since he’s been in the NHL for 10 seasons nows. The former top prospect was picked 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and he burst onto the scene during the 2008-09 season. He was traded to the Anaheim Ducks as part of a package deal for Hall of Famer Chris Pronger at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. After five seasons in the Ducks organization, Sbisa was on the move yet again, this time to the Vancouver Canucks along with Nick Bonino in exchange for forward Ryan Kesler. After three middling seasons with the Canucks, Sbisa was picked up by the Vegas Golden Knights at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, but he struggled to get into the team’s lineup with any regularity during their inaugural season.
In fact, most Vegas fans may remember Sbisa most from his giveaway in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final… a gaffe that essentially sealed a Cup victory for the Washington Capitals. To set the stage, Game 5, a must win for the Golden Knights, was tied 3-3 with just eight minutes to go before Sbisa completely whiffed on an easy play behind the net…
The rest is history:
Here’s hoping Sbisa can turn his luck around on Long Island… or is it Brooklyn? Where are the Isles playing again?