Veteran Ronning finally lands with a team

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders on Friday signed
unrestricted free-agent center Cliff Ronning for the remainder of
the season.

The 38-year-old Ronning had 17 goals and 31 assists in 80 games
with the Minnesota Wild last season. A 17-year NHL veteran, he has
297 goals and 548 assists in his career.

The Islanders were looking for help after losing first-line
forwards Alexei Yashin and Mark Parrish to serious injuries.

"Cliff is a proven point-producer," Islanders general manager
Mike Milbury said in a statement. "With two of our top scorers
out, we were fortunate Cliff was available as a free agent and
showed such a strong desire to be an Islander. His experience and
work on the power play will be great assets for us."

Ronning was Nashville's leading scorer in each of his four
seasons with the Predators, and was second in scoring behind Marian
Gaborik last season in Minnesota.

Ronning has also played for St. Louis, Vancouver, Phoenix and
Los Angeles.