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New York Islanders Five Worst Contracts In Team History

UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: General Manager Garth Snow (L) signs Rick DiPietro (R) to a 15 year contract with the New York Islanders on September 12, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: General Manager Garth Snow (L) signs Rick DiPietro (R) to a 15 year contract with the New York Islanders on September 12, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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UNIONDALE, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: General Manager Garth Snow (L) signs Rick DiPietro (R) to a 15 year contract with the New York Islanders on September 12, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The NHL salary cap has been around for just under fourteen years now. And since that time the New York Islanders have been dazzling NHL fans with terrible contract after terrible contract.

For just about fourteen years since the NHL introduced a salary cap the New York Islanders have been at forefront of bad deals. Not just on a team basis, but around the league.

Throughout the NHL’s salary cap era the New York Islanders have managed to give out some of the worst deals, ever.

A deal can be “bad” for a number of reasons. The main being just poor return on investment. Paying a player well above his production value is a sure way to get a poor return. It would be like paying Cal Clutterbuck or Casey Cizikas north of $3 million a season for five seasons. Oh, wait…

There’s also the potential of paying a guy for way too long. Like giving out a 15-year deal to a goaltender who’s already 25-years-old at the time of signing. Oh, wait…

Then there are ill-advised risks on players that won’t be worth it. Like giving a 10-year contract to a 27-year-old free agent you acquired for a future hall of famer, a future 100 point player, who would be bought out four years later. Oh, wait…

The New York Islanders have done all three and some. Here are five of the worst contracts that the Islanders have offered to their players.

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