Isles cut off Samsonov conversations

September, 12, 2011
9/12/11
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Although the Islanders expressed interest in unsigned free agent Sergei Samsonov earlier this off-season, the 32-year-old Russian winger does not appear to be headed to Long Island.

"We talked earlier this summer but it's been a while," Samsonov's agent, Neil Abbott, told ESPNNewYork.com when reached by phone Monday afternoon. "It seems to be dead."

Samsonov was among a list of players the Islanders the considered offering a training-camp invite, but Abbott said he is now in discussions with another team interested in his client's services.

Earlier this month, veteran Jay Pandolfo accepted a training camp invitation from the Islanders. The former Devils winger will be in Long Island when the team opens camp Saturday.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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