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New York Islanders Pending Unrestricted Free Agent Possible New Deals

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Florida Panthers during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Florida Panthers during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 18: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders makes the second period blocker save against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Barclays Center on September 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 18: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders makes the second period blocker save against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Barclays Center on September 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Robin Lehner

Current Deal: $1.5 million

Robin Lehner is here on a single year prove it deal. The New York Islanders clearly believe that Robin Lehner has more talent and potential than that 3.01 GAA and .908SV% year with the Buffalo Sabres from last season.

But they want him to prove it to them first. They aren’t going to pay for potential, they’ll pay for results.

Better season: >2.70GAA

I didn’t state a possible save percentage simply because that ten percent rule I’m applying doesn’t work. To have a better season in terms of save percentage, ie: a ten percent increase, he’d have to put up a save percentage that was above 0.998. That’s impossible.

But improving his goals against average by ten percent, or lower than 2.70 goals per game is absolutely possible. Just two seasons ago he posted 2.68 goals against average with the Sabres.

With Barry Trotz and his defensive system, I expect Robin Lehner to benefit. It won’t be revolutionary, but at least slightly better than the NHL average.

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Cap Hit: $4 million, Two Years

A bump to four million is a fair amount to pay for a goalie who gets above average NHL number, even if just slightly, and has the potential to play 50-60 games in a season.

The two-year commitment is a reflection of the New York Islanders system with Linus Soderstrom making his North American debut for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

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