The Islanders have signed F Steve Bernier to a one-year, two-way deal, the team announced Monday.
Bernier has since been placed on waivers and will report to Bridgeport of the AHL if he clears waivers at noon Tuesday.
The 31-year-old had agreed to a PTO on Sept. 26.
He had one goal and five assists in 24 regular season games for the Islanders during the 2015-16 regular season and appeared in six playoff games.
In 633 career NHL games, Bernier has tallied 105 goals and 125 assists.
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
Well, this came out of left field for sure. I assume the Islanders are looking for some AHL depth for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and possibly a fourth line fill-in with NHL experience should someone on that unit go down.
Bernier was in training camp this season but failed to secure a contract and was released. He obviously kept in touch with GM Garth Snow through his agent and when nobody came calling, he took an opportunity to continue a career that has spanned 633 games.
This move will not have any bearing on the future of Mathew Barzal, which already seems set with a return to Seattle of the WHL to finish what would be his fourth and final season of junior hockey, thereby making him eligible to play in the AHL. Barzal has appeared in only one game this season and collected three penalties since being eclipsed by Anthony Beauvillier.