New York Islanders Josh Bailey just got his payday. It was a $30 million six-year deal. Here are a few interesting facts based on the deal.
On Friday the New York Islanders signed expiring unrestricted free agent Josh Bailey to a long-term deal. The former ninth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft will be paid $5 million over the next six-seasons after finally paying dividends with elite level production.
After eight years of middling 30-40 point production, Josh Bailey exploded after finally getting first line minutes. In 2016-17 Bailey put up then career numbers with 56 points in a full 82 game season.
He’s followed up that outstanding season with an even better effort in 2017-18 with 62 points in 58 games. It’s a steal of a deal for the Islanders.
Not only do they get Bailey at a darling price tag, but they get a solid vote of confidence on the state of the franchise as they approach the vital John Tavares extension.
But rather than continue to talk about how good of a deal this is, I wanted to look at a few highlights of the deal.
Like how much did Bailey’s newfound production return in terms of pure dollars? How much are intangibles like leadership wort to the Islanders? And how much the Isles spent trying to find that seemingly elusive winger for Tavares when, low-and-behold, he was there all along?