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.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres