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?