Thomas Hickey was re-signed by the Islanders for 2 years and $1.35M today. The deal gives the Islanders a full complement of Defensemen, assuming Matt Donovan or Calvin de Haan win the last spot. Even without those two defensemen, The Islanders have Hickey, Hamonic, MacDonald, Visnovsky, Strait and Joe Finley, since Donovan or De Haan is likely to win a spot with the team, that would move Finley to the 7th spot/press box. Nothing wrong with that.
Hickey collected 3 points in 39 games last year, moving into the starting lineup after Brian Strait's injury, during his first "full" season of NHL play. the Former LA King draftee was more than serviceable in maintaining puck possession and helping establish the moves from zone to zone. He's a capable and useful defenseman who can help on the 2nd or 3rd pairs and should see some extra power play time either on the top unit as the compliment for Lubomir Visnovsky or to anchor the 2nd unit, that is in need of tweaking, going into camp.
The Hickey deal provides good depth for now and later as the Islanders continue to develop their bumper crop of incoming Defensemen like Scott Mayfield and Andrey Pedan, who should be ready for the NHL next year, and guys like Griffen Reinhart, Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock, Jesse Graham, Ville Pokka and others who could be ready to push their way into the conversation as early as next year's training camp, at the Barclay's Center.
Overall, it's a good deal, on a good term. Garth Snow remains commendable on his ability to extract as much value as possible. It's a good deal for now, with further flexibility.