Isles ink Rourke, Wings get McDonell

Allan Rourke, who played in 25 games for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003-04 as a rookie, has signed a contract with the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, affiliate of the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Rourke has appeared in 296 career AHL games with Lowell and St. John’s over the last five seasons, recoring 35 goals and 65 assists for 100 points.

In 2004-05, he played for Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Lowell, where he had seven goals, nine assists, 16 points and a plus-11 rating in 60 games.

The 25-year old Rourke was originally selected by Toronto in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Kent McDonell played 227 AHL games with Syracuse from 2000-04.

Also on Friday, the Detroit Red Wings, NHL affiliate of the Grand Rapids Griffins, announced the signing of right wing Kent McDonell.

McDonell returns to the organization that selected him 181st overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. After being traded to Columbus on Aug. 14, 2000, he split the majority of the next four seasons between the Blue Jackets and their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

McDonell made his NHL debut with Columbus on April 2, 2003. He posted three points (1g, 2a) in 29 games with the Blue Jackets in 2003-04, while also contributing nearly a point per game for Syracuse. McDonell notched a career-high 48 points (17g, 31a) in 51 games for the Crunch that season, placing fourth on the team in scoring and bringing his career AHL total to 123 points (52g, 71a) in 227 games with the Crunch.

During his rookie campaign of 2000-01, McDonell played 28 games for current Griffins head coach Greg Ireland as a member of the ECHL’s Dayton Bombers.