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New York Islanders 5 Worst Contracts on 2018-19 Roster

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 20: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders hits his nephew John Quenneville #47 of the New Jersey Devils into the boards during the first period during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on September 20, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

3. Johnny Boychuk

Cap hit: $6 million
Production: 3 points

I like Johnny Boychuk. I like the way he plays the game. I like his current role on the team. And I loved it when the New York Islanders acquired him in 2014. But it’s been four years since that trade and Johnny Boychuk isn’t the same player he was when he signed that deal with the Islanders.

A few months after acquiring Boychuk from the Boston Bruins via trade, the New York Islanders gave him a seven-year $42 million deal. He along with Nick Leddy were going to make the Islanders better defensively. And they did. For a bit.

But again. That was some time ago. Johnny Boychuk is 34 now, going on 35. In terms of the NHL, Johnny Boychuk isn’t young. And you can tell by watching him on the ice.

Johnny Boychuk is now a third pairing defenseman. Again, that’s perfect for him. He’s playing fewer minutes which should maximize the number of games they get out of him. With the way that Johnny Boychuk plays, he’s never on the ice for a full season.

But even though his role on the team might fit what they need from him and his skill set, that doesn’t mean his cap hit is equally good. With a $6 million cap hit he’s the joint top earner with Jordan Eberle on the team. Again, Boychuk is playing third pairing minutes. He’s averaging three minutes less a game then he was last season.

In terms of salary structure, Boychuk is being paid like a top pair guy when in actuality he’s at the bottom of the pile. That’s not good value.

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