Islanders Free Agency

New York Islanders UFAs Likely to Leave

May 6, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) stand for the national anthem before the first period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 6, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) stand for the national anthem before the first period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 6, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) stand for the national anthem before the first period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 6, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) stand for the national anthem before the first period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

After being eliminated in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning the New York Islanders can start to focus on their rosters for next season. With eight UFA’s in this team might look vastly different next season.

The Islanders aren’t a cap team. In 2015-16, they spent just over $66 million on their roster according to capfriendly.com. They aren’t likely going to buck that trend in 2016-17 meaning they won’t have the ability to sign some of their upcoming unrestricted free agents.

Some of these players will move on either because the team won’t meet their demands or they simply want to seek the promise of bigger payouts by testing free agency in the open market. While others will simply see a natural end to their tenure in the market either due to age or under-performance.

It’s the nature of the business. The salary cap ensures that teams shed contract in order to bring new ones in. To fans it means that their favorite player’s tenure may come to an end sooner rather than later. But it also means that a hungry young core is given the chance to shine in their place.

So who stays and who goes will be the biggest decision point for GM Garth Snow. We’ve broken down the top five candidates unrestricted free agents who are likely to no longer be part of the 2016-17 New York Islanders.

Next: No.1 Kyle Okposo

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