Islanders acquire A.J. Greer from Avalanche for Kyle Burroughs

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The Islanders announced a minor trade Sunday afternoon, sending defenseman Kyle Burroughs to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left winger A.J Greer.

Both Burroughs and Greer are restricted free agents.

Greer, 23, recorded 32 points in 47 games for Colorado’s AHL affiliate, the Eagles, while racking up 87 penalty minutes in 2019-20. The 6-foot-3 205-pound winger, who was drafted 39th overall in 2015 by the Avalanche, collected one goal and five assists in 37 NHL games for the Avs over his first three seasons, but he did not appear in an NHL game in 2019-20.

“Thank you to the @Avalanche organization for giving me the oppurtunity to realize my dream of playing in the NHL,” Greer wrote on Twitter. “Forever grateful for the fans, staff and management, making the last 4 years of my life very memorable. Excited to start a new journey with the @NYIslanders!!”

In 2015-16, Greer left midway through his sophomore season at Boston University to play for the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. His head coach in Boston? Current Rangers head coach David Quinn.

Burroughs was named captain of the Isles’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, in his fourth season with the club in 2019-20 after serving as co-captain the year before. The 25-year-old posted two goals and six assists in 58 games this past season. The Islanders tendered Burroughs a qualifying offer on Oct. 5.

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