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New York Islanders Daily: Overload of Fourth Liners

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Ross Johnston #52 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Calgary Flames during their game at Barclays Center on February 11, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Ross Johnston #52 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Calgary Flames during their game at Barclays Center on February 11, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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With the Ross Johnston extension, the New York Islanders have an overabundance of fourth liners and most of them have one-way deals.

Yesterday, Ross Johnston signed a four-year $4 million contract ($1 million AAV) with the New York Islanders. For the grand scheme of things, it’s not a lot of money, but it’s a one-way deal meaning he’s not waivers exempt.

The thing is, the Isles have six guys on their roster right now who are fourth line players. Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Leo Komarov, Ross Johnston, and Tom Kuhnhackl. Out of all the guys listed, only Kuhnhackl can be sent down to Bridgeport without having to worry about waivers.

Combined they make $14.05 million which is equivalent to 17.7 percent of the $79.5 million cap ceiling. What are the Islanders going to do?

You’d think this makes some people expendable right? There’s no way all six of those guys are on the roster for opening night, especially when you have prospects like Josh Ho-Sang and potentially Kieffer Bellows who are trying for a roster spot.

Trying to come up with lines right now is darn near impossible. There’s a lot of bottom six forwards. Lou, I hope you’re still working your sweet magic.

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