If everything goes wrong in Dallas, the New York Islanders should sign Tyler Seguin to strengthen their center depth.
The New York Islanders recently lost all-star center, John Tavares. Although this year may be tough, they should be able to replace his production this upcoming offseason, thanks to a loaded free-agent class, led by center Tyler Seguin.
The Dallas Stars have yet to work on a contract extension with all-star center Tyler Seguin. According to Scott Wheeler of The Athletic, Seguin is disappointed. Tyler Seguin, 26, is slated to make $6.5 Million in the final year of his contract.
Although this doesn’t necessarily mean that Seguin is leaving, or that he will even be interested in joining the New York Islanders. If the stars align, and Dallas doesn’t resign him, the Islanders can make him a very compelling case to come to the island.
Why Seguin would be interested in Joining the New York Islanders
Tyler Seguin has had a change a scenery once before in his career, and with the way things are going with him in the lone star state, he may be poised for a move. When Seguin looks at the Islanders roster and sees what the future holds, a contract here could be very enticing.
The Islanders prospect pool is surging with talent such as Noah Dobson, Oliver Wahlstrom, and Kieffer Bellows. The Islanders also have young stars in their lineup, including Calder winner Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, and Anthony Beauvillier.
Adding the six-foot-one, 201 pound Seguin would tremendously bolster their offense, taking some of the offensive productivity that left with the departure of John Tavares. The Islanders also have a lot of cap room remaining, with $10.6 million, according to CapFriendly.
Seguin is currently making $5.75 million and you can expect a raise, giving him a salary between $8 million and $10 million AAV. Lamoriello could get it done with a seven-year, $66.5 million contract ($9.5 million AAV).
New York Islanders Lineup After Seguin Signing
This lineup assumes Filppula, Kuhnhackl, Lee, and Nelson depart the team, while Kovar and Komarov stay, with Eberle re-signing. While hopefully, Anders Lee doesn’t walk away for nothing, we can only pick one of Eberle or Lee to resign, Eberle seems like the better option.
Lee could be used in part of a trade at the deadline to acquire prospects or a draft pick, and seems as though he would be wanted more than Eberle due to his consistent goal scoring ability. Letting go of all of those players will surely free up enough cap room for both Seguin and Eberle to sign comfortably.
This also allows Bellows to join the mix, as well as Josh Ho-Sang, who should put up better numbers under the new regime. Wahlstrom is still likely a year away, and this team could be poised for a playoff run.
Beauvillier Barzal Eberle
Bellows Seguin Bailey
Ladd Kovar Ho-Sang
Martin Cizikas Clutterbuck
Scratched: Komarov, Johnston
With Tavares gone, the Islanders could use another star down the middle just like Tyler Seguin. Although on the surface it’s a bit of a stretch, the Isles at least can make a compelling case for Seguin to consider it.