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New York Islanders Five Fun Facts About Josh Bailey Extension

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders competes in the Enterprise NHL Fastest Skater during the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders competes in the Enterprise NHL Fastest Skater during the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images
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He’s Worth 40% of a McDavid, But Producing Like Him. Now.

This offseason Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid was given one massive contract. With a $12.5 million cap hit over eight years. He’s only been in the league three years now but he’s absolutely worth it. With 219 points in 187 games played McDavid is worth every penny.

With his new contract, Josh Bailey is effectively worth less than half of one single McDavid. But based solely on points in this season only, Bailey is worth more like 90% of a McDavid.

With his 62 points in 58 games played, Josh Bailey isn’t only having himself a career year, he’s keeping up with the big names in the game at the top of the stats chart.

I know players are rewarded for past performance and not always for expected performance. But say Bailey continues this production explosion. The Islanders will essentially get almost a full Connor McDavid for 40 cents on the dollar. That’s outstanding business.

I know as a fan base we aren’t accustomed to praising the GM for a job well done. But on the Josh Bailey extension, I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Sure, Bailey wanted to stay, but Garth Snow is under no obligation to give him a lowball offer. Remember he’s the same guy that game $6.75 million to Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck.

If Garth can manage to get Tavares to sign an extension as well, that and the Bailey deal will likely be enough to keep Garth firmly tethered to the job for years to come. No matter how many billboards we erect. Sorry.

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