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New York Islanders Ranking 2018 Free Agent Acquisitions

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders prior to the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders prior to the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Thomas Hickey /

Thomas Hickey | D

Hickey is back for another four seasons at $2.5 million AAV per season. The value is great. Hickey is at best a number four defender but is best suited for the bottom pair. Locking him in for $2.5 million is a great piece of business.

Not to mention that Hickey actually wants to be here.

But signing Hickey for four more years? That seems long for a player that could be expendable. It’s not like Hickey’s deal was front loaded and they needed term to bring down the AAV. Hickey’s total salary (salary + bonuses) is $2.5 million each year of the deal.

Hickey was still a good option for the worst defensive team in the league last season. His 5on5 points-per 60 last season was the best amongst the Isles defensemen at 1.18. His relative goals-for percentage also lead the Islanders defensemen with 17.04.

Defensively, Hickey was one of the few defenders with a relative Corsi for percentage in the positives. He as also fourth on the team for Corsi-for per 60 for quality of competition.

(Thanks to Corsica.Hockey for the stats).

Hickey’s going to continue being a good player for the Islanders. But even with all the positives he brings, his impact won’t be significant. Not when he’s going to play on the Islanders bottom defensive pairing.

Look at last season. Even with all of those great stat lines, the New York Islanders defense was the poorest in the NHL.

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