Isles cut off Samsonov conversations

September, 12, 2011
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 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 Rangers, Islanders and Devils for She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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