The New York Islanders have re-signed Thomas Hickey to a four-year $10 million extension according to Darren Dreger of TSN.
For most of last year, it was assumed that Thomas Hickey was a goner. He was a bottom pairing guy, and it seemed like a position the New York Islanders were willing to give to Adam Pelech and/or Scott Mayfield.
Obviously, a new regime can throw a wrench into the plans and that’s exactly what happened today with Hickey extending.
According to Darren Dreger, the Islanders will retain Thomas Hickey on a four-year $10 million ($2.5 million AAV) contract. Hickey is coming off a career year in points despite only playing in 69 games.
He had 25 points (5 goals, 20 assists) and had an impressive plus 20 on an otherwise terrible defensive unit. His CF percentage was the lowest of his career at 47.7 in 2017-2018.
Hickey has been a regular part of the Isles defensive core since the 2012-2013 season. He originally worked well with Lubomir Visnovsky before finding a role as a bottom pairing guy with the Isles.
At $2.5 million a year this contract has good value. At age 28, Hickey was on pace for a 30 point season, so if you can get 30 points a year from a guy who is making $2.5 million on the blue line I think you’d sign up for it.
Hickey has a knack for scoring overtime goals. He’s had a very clutch scoring nack over his career. In the 2015-16 playoffs, he arguably played his best hockey with five points in 11 games. Here’s the shining moment of his Isles career so far.
Maybe, Lou Lamoriello prefers Hickey over Mayfield and Pelech and will try to move one of them in a trade. Remember the Islanders are still without a starting goalie as we speak so Lou has to be busy despite the John Tavares controversy.
With only a $300,000 raise for Hickey, this is a team friendly deal. I like it in that context, it depends on what else they do so it’s tough to give a full reaction without the entire picture just yet.