(3) Worst defense 85% v. (6) Bailey Extension 15%
Look, the Josh Bailey contract was a great deal. At five years and $5 million per season, for a point per game player? Great. Although, Bailey’s only been a point per game player for this season. There are nine years before that where he wasn’t.
Bailey alone isn’t going to dig the New York Islanders out of the troubles they’re having right now. So with that, the importance of his contract is lessened. Again, it’s a great deal. But its overall effect on the Islanders chances of winning or losing is minimal.
Now, the Islanders Swiss cheese like defense, with holes aplenty is more of an issue. With 231 goals for the Islanders have the ninth best offense in the NHL. They score on average 3.20 goals per game. Even with the extra goals that are being scored this season, this should be enough to win games. Yet the Islanders find themselves well out of the playoff picture.
That’s thanks to one of the worst defensive records in the league. Sorry. Not one of. But the worst defensive record in the league. With 262 goals allowed the Isles have bled more goals than the Arizona Coyotes, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Vancouver Canucks. All of which are at the bottom of the standings and in a race to the bottom.
That’s how bad the Islanders defense has been. It’s not to single out the defenders only. As a collective, the Islanders have been simply terrible defensively. And it’s wasted some career years from the forwards in the process.