Garth Snow and the New York Islanders elected to give defenseman Scott Mayfield a five-year extension. Why?
The New York Islanders have struggled mightily defensively over their latest three-game losing streak. Fans and bloggers like myself have called for Garth Snow to make a move in order to address the defense situation.
Garth Snow has elected to give Scott Mayfield a five-year extension. So far this year the 25-year old has appeared in 29 games with the Islanders scoring 10 points (two goals, eight assists).
Arthur Staple is reporting that the deal is worth $1.45 million on average per year. I just have one question: Why?
Why do the Islanders need to lock up Scott Mayfield for five more years? Mayfield is a nice seventh d-man, but that’s an extremely expendable piece.
Plus, he literally just did the same exact thing when he signed Adam Pelech to a four-year extension this past offseason.
Pelech and Mayfield should essentially play the same role on a good hockey team, they’re seventh d-man role players. There’s no reason to lock up role players on long-term deals. Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech all role players have each been signed to an extension recently for at least a four-year term.
I know Mayfield and Pelech aren’t costing you much but aren’t you blocking your prospects with a higher ceiling? Sebastian Aho, Mitch Vande Sompel and Devon Toews are all prospects with promising upside. Wouldn’t you rather give them an opportunity to see what they are over mediocre highly replaceable defenseman?
I just will never understand why Garth Snow gives these depth roster players so much love and priority. It’s not so much me hating on Mayfield, he’s a fine role player it’s more of Garth Snow using questionable judgment again.