New York Islanders: 2017-2018 Five Restricted Free Agents To Target

By Tim Stevenson
CALGARY, AB - MARCH 27: Sam Bennett
CALGARY, AB - MARCH 27: Sam Bennett /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 31: Viktor Arvidsson /

Viktor Arvidsson

Viktor Arvidsson just had a breakout year. Now he’s up for a new contract. That means pay-raise. This was his first full season and he put up 31 goals and 30 assists, leading his team in scoring.

Nashville is in the opposite situation from Detroit, with over $19 million of cap space. If the Islanders are to offer sheet Arvidsson they’ll have to offer him so much money Nashville is unwilling to out bid them.

Corey Francis at ‘Predlines’ calculates Arvidsson’s next contract to be about $5 million. Would an offer sheet of 5 years at $35 million dissaude the Tennessee team?

If the offer worked NY would have a burgeoning super-star! But Nashville could still outbid us, and we’d have to dish some contracts for picks to make cap room. A trade would make more sense for both sides.

The Preds made the Cup last year though, and Arvidsson helped pave the way. They won’t let him walk unless the deal is sweet.

Josh Bailey put up 56 points last year; also arguably a breakout season. He’s in his prime, with one more year on his contract. Shane Prince is the same age as Arvidsson. He’s a hard worker who can be slotted in at a depth position.

Last year Prince and Bailey combined for 13 points more than Arvidsson. They’ll be Arvidsson’s replacements for next year. Nashville gets a player with top line experience on the RW, and depth on the LW to help fill the gap created when Vegas stole James Neal.

Michael Dal Colle is a highly anticipated winger prospect. He was selected 5th overall the same year as Arvidsson, but he’s 3 years younger. He’ll be Arvidsson’s replacement down the line. The picks help ensure Nashville’s future as well.

I know the price is high, but the Isles would have three skilled, right handed RWs and a better shot at the Cup. If NY lands ‘the aardvark’ they should sign him to a long deal asap. 8 years, $40 million?

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While these proposals span widely varying scenarios, any one of them could be huge for the Islanders. Serving as the last piece of the metaphorical puzzle.