Mike Reilly claimed on waivers by conference rival.
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Mike Reilly claimed on waivers by conference rival.

Not only did the Florida Panthers lose Mike Reilly for nothing, but they give him up to a team within their own conference.

Jonathan Larivee

The Florida Panthers have lost veteran defenseman Mike Reilly on waivers.

According to National Hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman, the New York Islanders have submitted a successful claim for Reilly and as a result he will join their organization effective immediately.

The Panthers will be loathe to see Reilly claimed by a team within their conference, even in spite of the fact that they only saw fit to use him in just 2 games this season. Reilly had no points and had a plus minus rating of -2 over those 2 games.

Reilly will now join the Islanders as they battle for a playoff spot in the NHL's Metropolitan Division, and he may get the chance to face his former team sooner rather than later. Although the Panthers and Islanders will clash 3 more times this season, the next matchup is rapidly approaching with the 2 teams set to play in Florida on December 2nd.

Although the Islanders did not give up any assets to the Panthers for claiming Reilly on waivers, he will still count against their salary cap with the 30 year old veteran defenseman on a 1 year deal with an average annual value of $1 million.

Reilly, a former 4th round pick (98th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is a veteran of 341 career games in which he has recorded 12 goals and 86 assists for a total of 98 career points in the NHL.