Uniondale, NY, October 8, 2008 – The New York Islanders have claimed center Nate Thompson off waivers from the Boston Bruins. The team has also reassigned defenseman Brett Skinner to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. The 24-year old Thompson has been added to the Islanders roster.
Thompson has spent the last three seasons with the Providence Bruins of the AHL where he was coached by Islanders head coach Scott Gordon. Thompson has played in four NHL games, all with the Bruins and all in the 2006-07 season. In 216 career AHL games – all with Providence – Thompson has scored 35 goals with 45 assists for 80 points.
There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.
— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury