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New York Islanders Offseason Plan If John Tavares Stays

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders congratulates Anders Lee #27 on his second period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Barclays Center on March 22, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders congratulates Anders Lee #27 on his second period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Barclays Center on March 22, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 23: Cal Clutterbuck

Trade 3: Move Cal Clutterbuck’s Contract

Four more years of Cal Clutterbuck at $3.5 million is a scary thought. A buyout doesn’t really help the situation either so what can the Islanders do in order to give themselves some more cap flexibility?

They can do something similar to what they did with Mikhail Grabovski and trade him to a team that needs to reach the cap floor.

In comes the Arizona Coyotes, who have the lowest payroll in the league. If the cap goes up, they’re going to need some help reaching that cap floor which will also go up. That’s where Cal can help.

This is purely a cap relief move for the New York Islanders. You’re getting the Coyotes to take on Cal Clutterbuck’s contract and in exchange for their services you’re giving them a second round pick.

In return, you get a fourth liner who is much cheaper than Clutterbuck at $1 million and someone with a higher upside at just 24-years old too. If you must, you can eat some of Clutter’s remaining salary, but if you do that you should change the compensation pick from the Islanders.

If Arizona wants another second rounder, which they should, they should suck it up and take on the full Clutter contract.

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