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New York Islanders Contracts For Pending Restricted Free Agents

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders reacts against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders reacts against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Alan Quine #10 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period after a goal by Damon Severson #28 of the New Jersey Devils during their game at Barclays Center on January 16, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Alan Quine #10 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period after a goal by Damon Severson #28 of the New Jersey Devils during their game at Barclays Center on January 16, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Alan Quine

2017-18 AAV: $612,500

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Alan Quine is a poor man’s Casey Cizikas. He isn’t better than Cizikas, but he’s certainly worth his price. At $612,500 Alan Quine is a good fourth line option for the Islanders.

But that’s about where it ends for Quine. We’ve seen him play top line minutes alongside John Tavares this season, and that didn’t work. He belongs on the fourth line, maybe the third line if the team’s in a bit of a bind. But that’s it.

He’s OK on the penalty kill. He plays a good pressing game. And he’s physical enough to have his presence felt during the game. He’s OK at all these things, but he isn’t great at any of them.

There’s no reason to think that Garth Snow doesn’t keep Alan Quine. He’s that good 13th forward to toss in depending on the opposition. When you don’t need Ross Johnston out there, or when either Cal Clutterbuck or Casey Cizikas inevitably miss a game or two.

With that being said, he continues to be the poor man’s Cizikas. Sorry Quine, $3.25 million per season isn’t in the cards for you. But a raise to $850,000 to $1 million per season seems like a good deal for him considering Alan Quine is likely going to be on the Islanders scratch pad for three-quarters of the season.

Contract: 1 year, $850,000 to $1 million

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