Number 2: Johnny Boychuk ($6 million AAV) four years remaining
Before the 2014-2015 season, Garth Snow traded for Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy on the same day. It was arguably the best move during his era and it really set the tone for that season as the Isles returned to the playoffs and were even considered a cup contender.
That year Johnny Boychuk had a career year. He had a 35 point season with nine goals and the Islanders inked him to a seven-year $42 million contract.
Boychuk was already 31 when the deal was signed so it was obvious that the back half of that contract was going to be tough but unfortunately it reached that part earlier than most expected. Boychuk followed that up with a 25 point season in 2016-2017, and his points would decline every year following that.
Boychuk also has never come close to playing a full season. The most amount of games he’s played in a season in New York is 72, which came in that first year. He played just 58 last year while putting up 18 points.
With another four years left on that deal, it’s hard to imagine getting any sort of value on it. He has a NMC this year and a Modified NTC for the final three years on the contract. His list includes 8 teams that he can be traded to. That’s 26 percent of the league, not that anyone would take on a 35-year-old making $6 million.
Unfortunately, the Islanders are stuck with this one with not a lot of wiggle room.