ISLANDERS GIVE JONSSON $1.85M
By BARRY BAUM
Averting a nasty holdout situation just seven days before training
camp, the Islanders signed defenseman Kenny Jonsson to a $1.85
million, one-year deal yesterday.
Jonsson, 25, settled for the same salary that he received last
season, but the Islanders sweetened the contract by including team
and individual performance bonuses in the package, which could boost
his income to as much as $2 million.
"I'm just happy he's back in the lineup," Jonsson's agent Mike
Barnett told The Post.
As the team's captain, Jonsson is coming off a poor season (one goal,
24 assists in 65 games) in which he was plagued by several
concussions and headaches. The season before, the 6-foot-3, 200-
pounder made the All-Star team.
Islanders general manager Mike Milbury, who was adamant that he was
not going to give Jonsson a raise this season, said he is pleased
that a deal could be struck.
"We're very happy that our captain has signed in time for training
camp," Milbury said yesterday. "We're confident that Kenny is going
to play a vital role in our success this season."
The Islanders, meanwhile, are still negotiating with their three
remaining unsigned restricted free agents: defensemen Roman Hamrlik
and Zdeno Chara and forward Brad Isbister. Training camp begins Sept.
8 in Lake Placid.