New York Islanders Have Made Lucrative Offer To Johnny Boychuk (Report)

By RobSabo

Only a day after locking up one of their top defenseman in Nick Leddy, the Isles have now reportedly offered a big deal to Johnny Boychuk.

The day Garth Snow traded for then Chicago Blackhawks championship defenseman Nick Leddy, New York Islanders fans alike threw a party in their living room.

It was a steal.

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Snow capitalized on Chicago’s inability to keep Leddy under the strict and tiresome hard salary-cap which general managers curse out on a daily basis. He’s also capitalized on his talents as it was announced yesterday that Leddy would be heading to Brooklyn next year and remain with the Islanders for the next seven seasons.

The only question we all had after that announcement was when Johnn Boychuk, 31, would be next.

Well, it seems today has leaked that answer.

Canada’s Sporsnet has reported that the suits in the Isles front office has reached out to Boychuk and offered him a pretty significant deal of his own which right now is rumored to be at the $6 million per year mark – making him the highest paid player on the team.

There’s no question about the importance of both Leddy and Boychuk. They represent skill, toughness, and a shutdown first pairing along the blueline which every contending team needs.

Across the way in Manhattan, Glen Sather has already taken this strategy. He’s locked up his top three defenseman in Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal for many years to come.

While the back end of Girardi’s contract might be a tough pill to swallow, there’s no debating how important it is to possess guys of his ilk.

That’s exactly what Boychuk and Leddy represent for the New York Islanders.

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