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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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NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 31: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders celebrates teammate Chris Wagner’s goal in the third period against the New Jersey Devils on March 31, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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.

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