The New York Islanders can use an offer sheet, one of the rarest things in hockey, to try and help their hole at second line center.
Rarer than a triple play in baseball, the offer sheet is an interesting thing in the NHL that no GM ever uses. According to Elliott Friedman, the New York Islanders might be the first team to use it since 2013.
One General Manager told him “I will bet my house that the Islanders offer sheet someone on Toronto.” It’s kind of a petty move, but in a desperate spot it could actually work out for the Islanders.
Mitch went into a ton of detail on the offer sheet last week and does a better job of explaining it so if you’d like more context on what it actually is you can check it out here.
Let’s say the Islanders offer sheet William Nylander of the Maple Leafs. They can offer him any kind of contract possible, let’s say a seven-year $8 million deal. If the Leafs don’t match it the Islanders would have to give up a first, second and third-round pick. That’s the standard compensation for any contract that’s AAV is between $6,088,981 – $8,118,641
What makes the offer sheet a little more difficult is the picks have to be originally yours. Meaning it can’t be a pick you traded for. That presents an issue for the Islanders who have Calgary’s second and no third or fourth round picks in this year’s draft.
It’s an interesting idea and concept, but I wouldn’t bet the house, or even $20 bucks, that this happens.
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