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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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SUNRISE, FL – APRIL 15: Calvin de Haan #44 of the New York Islanders prepares for a face-off against the Florida Panthers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the NHL 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the BB&T Center on April 15, 2016 in

Calvin de Haan/Thomas Hickey

Cap Hit: $3.3 million/$2.2 million

I put both here because both could leave or the Islanders could keep one of them. Both are at the end of their deals and neither can be thinking the Isles would be running to sign them for 2018-19 after this season.

To be fair to de Haan, he was injured for most of the season. Picking up a shoulder injury in mid-December. Unfortunately, while he was on pace for a career year. So why won’t the Isles keep him around?

The cost. After arbitration, last season, de Haan’s cap hit already exceed the three million dollar mark. Keeping him around longer might cost the Islanders north of four million.

For Hickey, it might not be a case of cost, but a case of who’s coming up. He was at best a third pairing defender this season on an Islanders team that was defensively weak.

Garth has already signaled that he wants to keep Scott Mayfield and Adam Pelech for a number of years. Both are signed to long-term contracts. Mayfield till 2022-23 and Pelech until 2020-21. Both are bottom pair players and should take Hickey’s spot in the lineup.

Next: What Could Isles Do To Win Cup?

I know that John Tavares is at the end of his deal, and I know he didn’t make this list. I truly believe that he’ll end up signing with the New York Islanders when it’s all said and done.

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