New York Islanders: Top 5 Worst Contracts Currently
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.