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New York Islanders: Top 5 Worst Contracts Currently

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, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 18: Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders skates 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)

Number 4: Leo Komarov ($3 million) four years remaining

This is the one person on this list who is from Lou Lamoriello. On July 1, after losing John Tavares, Lamoriello pivoted and started signing tons of bottom six forwards. Komarov was one of them receiving a four-year $12 million deal.

Komarov has actually been pretty good for the Isles so far with 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) but this one goes further than just his production this year.

Komarov has a modified no-trade clause. Komarov can pick a list of seven teams (almost a quarter of the league) that he won’t be moved to. Uncle Leo is a fine depth player but he’s also not someone who is deserving of that kind of trade protection.

The $3 million per year number is also high especially when you consider the numbers they are paying the rest of their bottom six. If the number was closer to $2 million for a shorter term with no-trade protection than I’m not complaining.

But now, Komarov is signed for four years carrying him through his age 35 season. You can’t convince me that a 34 or 35-year-old Leo Komarov is going to be worth $3 million a year I’m sorry. Like Pelech, Leo likely takes an opportunity away from Josh Ho-Sang or Oliver Wahlstrom next year.

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