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New York Islanders: Top 5 Worst Contracts Currently

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 26: Adam Pelech #50 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) /

Number 5: Adam Pelech ($1.6 million AAV) three years remaining

I know what you’re thinking, how can a deal that only costs $1.6 million against the cap possibly be bad. Well, Adam Pelech’s deal is deeper than just the AAV. When he signed the contract it was a four-year deal.

The deal was signed when he had just 53 NHL games under his belt. Garth Snow decided to give him a long-term deal instead of a bridge deal to try to cut costs long-term. It didn’t work out because Pelech tops out as a bottom pair guy.

Pelech is an okay bottom pairing guy and that’s it. When you consider who the Islanders have in their farm system, ie: Devon Toews, Noah Dobson, Bode Wilde, etc, it’s hard to imagine any of them getting a shot in the near future because of how long Pelech is under contract for.

Ideally, Pelech is a seventh d-man but when you have Scott Mayfield, who is also a bottom pair/extra d-man too you have an abundance of mediocre defensemen blocking your prospects with a higher ceiling.

Since Pelech has a low AAV perhaps he’s a trade candidate but for now, he’ll split time with Luca Sbisa while Devon Toews slaves away at a point per game pace in the AHL.

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