Islanders Free Agency

New York Islanders: The Day That Garth Stood Still

By Farrell Hirsch
May 6, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) reacts against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 6, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) reacts against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates with the puck as New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen (51) defends during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates with the puck as New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen (51) defends during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Steven Stamkos

Headline: “Drafted first overall, one year apart, and now they’ll be hopping over the boards one shift apart for at least the next couple of years. Tavares has found his Malkin, his Kane. And the New York Islanders will be a scoring threat for 40 minutes each game, no matter who their top four wingers turn out to be.”

Well, sure. That would have been fun. But the guy clearly didn’t want to leave either the city or the winning team that he has in Tampa.

If a guy takes millions of dollars less to remain happy, you have to respect that.

Maybe this shakes someone loose. Bishop? That could be interesting. Of course, it opens a whole new set of goaltending questions. You’d like to include Halak going back to Tampa. But that destroys Tampa’s dream of cap relief. They would probably prefer the less expensive Griess. But if Halak stays how content will he be.

Jaro wasn’t happy sharing the net with relative equals, he sure ain’t gonna embrace backing up Bishop. Or do we think we could arrange that they both have their annual major injury at different times so we can always have one available?

Maybe Killorn becomes the odd man out now that both Stamkos and Hedman have expensive new deals? He’d be a welcome addition to 12 players who already inhabit the Islanders middle six forward group.

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