When New York Islanders captain Anders Lee was asked about his UFA status, he sounded pretty confident that he wants to stay.
After last year’s debacle with John Tavares, it’s understandable why New York Islanders fans might be apprehensive to believe a player about their wishes come free agency. After numerous times proclaiming his love for the Islanders, Tavares, as we know, bolted for Toronto.
Yesterday, we got our first taste of Anders Lee giving the same love to Long Island and the Islanders in Elliotte Friedman’s 31 thoughts. Here’s what Captian Lee had to say about his UFA status:
"“This is my home. I don’t see anything that makes me want to do anything different. I’m not worried about it.”"
Anders Lee referring to the New York Islanders as home is fantastic, and honestly, I do believe he extends here. Why else would Lou Lamoriello give him the title of Captain if he knew he wouldn’t be coming back in a walk year.
Despite Lee’s words and his captaincy, a very small part of me has that fear. After getting burned last year it’s hard for Islanders fans to trust just yet. Lee has never given us a reason not to trust him yet those thoughts of him running home to Minnesota creep into our head naturally.
At the end of the day, if I was a betting man, which I am, I’d say Lee signs a six-year $42 million ($7 million AAV) extension with the Islanders before the year is over. Anders Lee is on pace for his third straight 30 goal season, locking him in until his age 34 season seems like a wise move.
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