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.
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.