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New York Islanders Free Agents We’ve Seen For Last Time

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal to Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal to Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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Going into the 2018-19 NHL season the New York Islanders are going to need to make some big changes. Thankfully a number of free agents are coming off the books and nowhere near the next iteration of the team.

The New York Islanders are going to have a big offseason leading up to the 2018-19 NHL season. First and foremost, they’ve got to sign John Tavares to an extension. Assuming he stays it’s not going to come cheap.

At the moment John Tavares is on an outstanding $5.5 million a year deal. For a player that is just below a point per game in his entire career, that’s cheap. Dirt cheap.

Don’t forget Andrew Ladd has the same cap hit for the next five years. Five. For Andrew Ladd. He’s never come close to a point per game. Not once. His best year was a 62 point season back in 2014-15.

In terms of best deals in the league, it probably goes (1) Connor McDavid at less than a million, (2) Nikita Kucherov at $4.75 million, and (3) John Tavares at $5.5 million.

Tavares is going to get paid, and if the Islanders intend to pay him they need to make room. Thankfully a number of free agents with big deals are coming off the books that the New York Islanders should have no plans to bring back.

For these players, the 2017-18 season was likely the last time you ever saw them wear an Islanders jersey.

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