New York Islanders Third Line Center Free Agent Options
Tyler Bozak | Toronto Maple Leafs
With the Toronto Maple Leafs needing to sign up parts of their future core this season they seem to be destined to part ways with former core players. That includes Tyler Bozak.
The former first line center for the Leafs has understandably fallen in the Leafs pecking order behind Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri. And look, Bozak isn’t a first line player. But he’s a great option for the third line.
He put up 42 points through 81 games this season. He added a 53.3 percent 5on5 Corsi-for rating this season. And had a 53.6 percent faceoff win ration.
All are better than what Brock Nelson put up this season. Nelson had 35 points. A low Nelson hasn’t produced since his rookie year. He had a 45.5 percent Corsi-for. And you already know about his sub 50 percent faceoff efficiency.
If you were worried about Filppula being a 34-year-old then maybe Tyler Bozak being only 32-years-old would suit your fancy better?
There’s shouldn’t be a market to give Bozak an upgrade on his $4.2 million AAV from last season. Bozak might have to take a pay decrease, not a big one, but between $3.5 to $4 million could have it done.
Potential Contract: Two years, between $3.5 to $4 million