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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 07: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders scores the shootout winning goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Devils 5-4 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 07: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders scores the shootout winning goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Devils 5-4 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brock Nelson

2017-18 AAV: $2.5 million
Brock Nelson is an interesting player. Well, let me rephrase that. On the ice, he’s a very frustrating player, a guy who leaves you wanting more. From his contract and statistical background, he’s an interesting subject.

Nelson has put up 40 points and 20 goals each of the last three years heading into this season. So far through 72 games, he has 30 points and 17 goals. He’ll probably find a way to hit 20 goals again but pushing for 40 points might be a stretch.

Brock Nelson is playing out the final year of a three-year $7.5 million contract. As much as Islanders fans, myself included, are tired of the Brock Nelson frustration, on the surface, his current contract isn’t so bad.

A player who gives you 20 goals, and 40 points for $2.5 million is a decent value. That doesn’t mean you stick him as the third line center and let him ride for the rest of his career.

I don’t want to pay Brock any more than $2.5 million, but he is due for a raise. The question becomes how much? Normally, you’d think close to $5 million with a player who can give you 20 or more goals, but Brock’s case is different.

He’s the streakiest hockey player I’ve ever seen. With the number of times a year we see Brock Nelson go ice cold I find it hard to believe there’s a G.M. out there who will extend him on a long-term deal.

Something between $3.5 – $4.5 seems fair for him. I’d also think about doing a side and trade with him.

Contract: 4 years, $4 million AAV

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