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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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TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 10: Tyler Bozak

Sign UFA: Tyler Bozak Two-Years $9.5 million ($4.75 million AAV)

Ever since the departure of Frans Nielsen, the Islanders have struggled to find a quality third line center who is also defensively responsible. Enter perfect candidate Tyler Bozak who can fill that role beautifully.

With the Maple Leafs, Bozak put up 43 points on the third line with James Van Riemsdyk and Kasperi Kapanen. Bozak would be a perfect anchor to a young Islanders third line.

You’re likely going to have either Kieffer Bellows or Andrew Ladd on that third line, and Bozak is the perfect guy for both. It’s no secret that Andrew Ladd has struggled with the Islanders. Since Bozak is a righty, he’s more likely to feed the LW and Ho-Sang on the right-side can be the speedy playmaker for the line.

If you want to go another route, and instead have the line be Bellows – Bozak – Ho-Sang then Bozak is the veteran of the bunch helping the two young pups find their way at the NHL level for the first two years of their career.

He might be a little more costly of an option for the third line, but it’s a position of need and Tyler Bozak is a clear upgrade production wise.

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