"I've had discussions with both Mark and Alexei," Snow told Newsday on Friday. "I'd rather keep those conversations private, but Alexei has been skating at our practice rink in Syosset and he looks great. I've been on record saying I'd explore all options and any player that would improve our team and help us make that step."
Gandler also confirmed to Sovietsky Sport on Friday that the Islanders were the lone NHL team interested in bringing him back.
"At this time we are negotiating with the Islanders and are seriously considering their offer," he told the Russian news site.
Yashin has spent the past four seasons playing in the Kontinental Hockey League with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and St. Petersburg SKA. SKA general manager Alexei Kasatonov said earlier this month that Yashin's contract would not be renewed. The 37-year-old scored 15 goals in 52 games with SKA this past season and added another goal and four assists in four postseason games.