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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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NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 06: Matt Moulson
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Bailey And Those That Came Before Him

For years New York Islanders fans have been crying for Garth Snow to acquire a top level winger for John Tavares. Getting a winger for Tavares was the popular indictment of Garth Snow before all this defenseman talk.

Years from now kids will talk about how they’re cool because they hated Snow when he couldn’t find a winger for Tavares. Not whatever will plague the Islanders in 2052.

There were three players brought in specifically to play with Tavares: Thomas Vanek, Andrew Ladd and Jordan Eberle. I know Matt Moulson played with Tavares but he wasn’t brought in specifically to play with JT.

With those three, the New York Islanders have essentially paid $15.57 million to have someone else play with JT and fail. Only to have Josh Bailey be there the whole time like: “Hey, what about me?”

Here’s how I got to $15.57 million. I looked at single year cap hits for the three players. Why a single year? It just made it more digestible than having tens of millions for two players and not all three. I prorated Vanek’s $7.14 million deal for the length of the duration of his stay with the Islanders:

Vanek: $4.07 million (prorated)
Ladd: $5.5 million
Eberle: $6 million

It’s hard to cast shade on Jordan Eberle, on the one hand, he was supposed to be that winger for JT. But when that failed he struck up an insanely productive partnership with Mathew Barzal. So no harm, no foul.

If you want to remove Eberle from the “failed JT winger” list because of that Barzal chemistry, that’s cool. But that means the Isles have still paid at least $9.57 million, or 191.4% of a Bailey.

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