There's a catch though...as always. The Islanders are reportedly trying to convince Petrov that he is guaranteed a roster spot if he comes over to the States.
This kid is 23 years old and has never proven himself in the NHL yet and to guarantee a spot for unproven talent is absurd.
I understand that if he had been playing in Bridgeport for the last few years and he was lighting it up there, then he could be considered for a spot with the Islanders. Folks, you don't just hand unproven talent a spot in the hopes he changes his mind about playing in his home country.
More on this as the story develops.