In his first crack at free agency, Lisbon native and former St. Dom’s hockey standout Greg Moore didn’t have to go very far.

Moore, who completed his third full year in the New York Rangers’ system this spring, signed a one-year, two-way deal with the New York Islanders.

“One of the things that’s exciting is seeing the direction (the Islanders) are taking as an organization,” Moore said. “And the obvious interest they showed me in signing me.”

The 6-foot-1-inch, 210 pound center notched 58 goals and added 74 assists for 132 points in 224 games during his three-plus seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, the Rangers’ top affiliate. Last season was easily his best, and he was named captain in Hartford.

“I feel like I’ve developed a lot, just in the last year,” Moore said. “Obviously the opportunuity to go up and play in New York wasn’t there much last year, I didn’t get called up, but I look at what I did and how I played, and I feel like I had a successful season.”

Moore was selected to represent the Wolf Pack in the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic game for PlanetUSA. He’s a graduate of the University of Maine, where he played four years, accumulating 66 goals and 41 assists for 107 points with the Black Bears. In his senior year, Moore led Maine in scoring with 45 points (28 goals and 17 assists). He was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft, where he was selected 143rd overall in the fifth round.

This summer, Moore is again training in southern Connecticut — the Islanders’ affiliate is Bridgeport, just a few dozen miles south of Hartford. And in a neat twist, the AHL announced this week that Bridgeport will now skate in the Atlantic Division, alongside Hartford.

Of course, Moore wouldn’t mind skipping the AHL all together.

“My goal is still to play at that next level, in the NHL,” Moore said. “The Islanders have their own system there, and they’ve had a lot of call-ups over the last few years, so I am hoping I can earn a call-up or two by working hard and playing well.”

For now, Moore said, it’s “keep working out, stay in shape, and wait for camp to open.”

With a one-year deal, he will have the felixibility at year’s end to decide his own fate.

“That’s the good thing about it,” Moore said. “If I have a great season, I’ll be in a good position to get an even better contract next year, and if I have not such a great season or I don’t like the fit, I can look around for somewhere else to play.”

For now, though, Moore’s just happy to have a low-key summer.

“No camps, no clinics, just working out,” Moore said. “Playing hockey more and more as the summer goes along, and getting ready for next year and a new team.”


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