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New York Islanders Need to Step in the Now

Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; A general view as fans look over a railing with various NHL team banners before the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; A general view as fans look over a railing with various NHL team banners before the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Islanders like most of the league are in the dark ages when it comes to servicing the expanding demands of its clients. But they should take note from two fellow franchises and step into the now.

Sites like Cap Geek (back in the day), General Fanager, and Cap Friendly get tons of traffic every day from hockey fans hungry for salary information. These sites service an under-represented need in the hockey world, a service that teams like the New York Islanders can easily serve.

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These sites service a fans unquenchable need to know the nitty-gritty of every team’s salary cap status. How much is player X making? How much cap room does my favorite team have? How much long is player Y signed till?

Fans and media want and crave this information. And teams like the Nashville Predators and the Carolina Hurricanes can teach the other 28 teams in the league how to service this need.

Carolina and Nashville Beacons of Progressivity

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators are the only teams to actually host contract details on their official team page.

The Hurricanes page can be found under ‘Team’ and ‘Contract Chart’. The Predators page is at the same place, it’s just called ‘Contract Tracker’.

The Predators have been doing this for at least two years now , it’s unclear how long the Hurricanes have actually been displaying the dollar figures of their player’s contracts on their official page.

But the Islanders and the rest of the league need to get in on delivering this information to its fan base. After all, clicks equal dollars right?

Putting contract trackers on each website will not dissolve sites like General Fanager or Cap Friendly. These sites have become indispensable resources by not only offering contract details but by engaging fans with tools such as buyout calculators, expansion draft simulators, etc.

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Fans want to know this information and information is a commodity in the internet age. The league needs to leverage it’s information, contract detail, and commodities it by just making available. Embrace the demand Islanders, join these progressive franchises.

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