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New York Islanders Predicting RFA Contract Extensions

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Michael Dal Colle #28 of the New York Islanders (c) scores the game winning goal at 17:37 of the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 02, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Kings 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Michael Dal Colle #28 of the New York Islanders (c) scores the game winning goal at 17:37 of the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 02, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Kings 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 18: Joshua Ho-Sang #26 of the New York Islanders celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Josh Ho-Sang | RW

I fully well expect the New York Islanders to trade Josh Ho-Sang before the trade deadline. It just isn’t working between the Islanders and their former first-round pick. But to cover every base, let’s assume that the Isles keep Ho-Sang and that they give him a contract extension.

We know Josh Ho-Sang is a top six forward. He’s proven that in his three separate stints in the NHL over the last three seasons. He’s a dynamic offensive player (with some defensive issues) that makes players around him better.

But with Jordan Eberle coming back from injury, Josh Ho-Sang was back in the AHL. I guess being a top-six forward means you can’t by any means play in the bottom six. Either way. We know what Josh Ho-Sang can be at the NHL level.

Again, like his two teammates, he’ll get a two-year deal. That’s just what Lou gives to players exiting their entry-level deals. Ho-Sang won’t be any different.

Beau gets $2 million as an established NHLer and Dal Colle gets $1 million as a borderline NHL. Ho-Sang likely gets the exact same deal as Dal Colle. After all, he’s at the same point in his career, he could be a full-time NHLer but isn’t just yet. Maybe his agent is able to coax another $500,000 simply because of what Ho-Sang has already shown at the NHL level. Maybe.

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A two-year $1 million one-way deal seems like a good deal. Even for Ho-Sang, if it means he’ll play in the NHL he needs to take it and run with the chance. Again, Ho-Sang is likely on his way out from the New York Islanders though.

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