Well this is ... this is unexpected.

Like Brian Strait before him, the New York Islanders have seen enough in summer free agent signing Colin McDonald to ink the forward to a two-year extension through 2014-15. Arthur Staple of Newsday reports the terms as one-way both years, for $600,000 and then $675,000. That's a little above minimum: The CBA-mandated minimum NHL salary for 2013-14 and 2014-15 is $550,000.

Those figures would actually represent a pay drop for McDonald, as he's on a $700,000 NHL salary this season -- but on a two-way deal, so his AHL salary was a re-entry waiver-exempt max of $105,000.