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New York Islanders Predicting Three UFA Contract Extensions

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 10: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at NYCB Live at the Nassau Coliseum on December 10, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Penguins defeated the Islanders 2-1 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 10: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at NYCB Live at the Nassau Coliseum on December 10, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Penguins defeated the Islanders 2-1 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – JANUARY 20: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders celebrates a 3-0 shut-out against the Anaheim Ducks at NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 20, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

At the end of the season, the New York Islanders will have four premier free agents hit the open market. Unless they can sign them before July 1. What should they offer some of them as a contract extension?

On July 1, 2019, seven New York Islanders players will become unrestricted free agents. At least four will likely be allowed to leave.

Defenseman Luca Sbisa and forwards Jordan Eberle, Valtteri Filppula, and Tom Kuhnhackl won’t be re-signed by the New York Islanders by the July 1st deadline.

You could maybe successfully argue that the Islanders might try and bring Valtteri Filppula back for yet another year. He’s played better than expected so far this season and has brought balance to the Islanders down the middle.

But at 34-years-old going on 35 in March, those better than expected seasons aren’t going to keep happening.

That leaves three unrestricted free agents to sign for the New York Islanders: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Robin Lehner. With the other UFAs leaving and with the Isles current cap space they’ll have roughly $30.35 million cap space to sign them.

It’s easy to see why the Islanders would keep all three.

Anders Lee was named team captain at the start of the season, losing him now in a contract dispute would be hard to imagine. Brock Nelson is finally playing like the player they drafted 30th overall in 2010. And Robin Lehner is the best goalie in the NHL at the moment.

The Islanders will have the cap space to sign the three. So what’s the cap hit and term for each of Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, and Robin Lehner’s next deal?

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