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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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COLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 9: Ian Cole #23 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Red Wings on March 9, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Sign UFA: Ian Cole to a 3-year $9 million ($3 million AAV) Deal

The Islanders desperately need help on defense. Trading for Justin Faulk is a great start, but adding someone like Cole to be on your second pair would be huge for the Islanders. Cole made just $2.1 million against the cap this past year and is set to be a UFA come July 1.

This is a guy who can slip through the cracks and be a very nice addition to anyone’s defensive core. In his age 28 season, Cole had 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) and a 51.1 CF% with both Columbus and Pittsburgh.

Cole isn’t anything flashy, but he has two cups under his belt playing with Pittsburgh which can immediately help the other Islanders youngsters like Ryan Pulock, who he’d likely be paired with, and Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield.

You could make that case too for Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk but both are so far removed from their deep playoff runs as they’re entering year five with the Islanders. Cole brings that playoff experience.

At $3 million against the cap that’s an affordable piece to your top-four. One can assume that Ryan Pulock will be a part of the mix to be in the top-four as well and as an RFA you can expect him to get a deal around $2.5 million a nice step up from his $863,333.

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