UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -The New York Islanders acquired right wing Matt Keith from the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday in exchange for right wing Darryl Bootland.
Keith will report to the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. The 24-year-old Keith has two goals and three assists in 24 career NHL games, all with Chicago. This season, he had five goals and five assists in 34 games for Portland in the AHL.
The 26-year-old Bootland had an assist in four games for the Islanders this season. In 28 games for Bridgeport, he had two goals and eight assists. He has a goal and two assists in 32 career NHL games with Detroit and the Islanders.
My opinion, this is just a small move to replace Comeau in the minor leagues. It may have a small indication towards the trade dealine, but Keith is nothing more than a possible third liner in the NHL which the Islanders have plenty of. Bridgeport is just loading up for the playoffs.