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New York Islanders: 2 Buyout Options For 2019

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Cal Clutterbuck #15 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Cal Clutterbuck #15 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 25: Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders stands in goal against the Boston Bruins during the game on January 25, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The buyout window starts today if the New York Islanders were going to utilize a buyout who are the most likely candidates?

The last time the New York Islanders used a buyout was 2013 when the Rick DiPietro contract finally came to an end. If the Islanders didn’t buy him out he would still be under contract for this year and one more year, which is crazy considering he signed the deal back in 2006.

It’s been six years since the last time the Islanders executed a buyout and honestly, it might not be a bad idea to reintroduce that option in 2019. Obviously, the number one choice everyone would love to buyout is Andrew Ladd.

The unfortunate part is the buyout saves the Islanders virtually nothing. The buyout cap hit is $4.83 million over the next four years. Then it becomes $333,333 for four more years. You’re only saving $666,667 over the remainder of the contract.

Your best bet for Ladd is trading the contract and trying to eat somewhere between $1 million and $2 million off the deal to a team that needs to reach the cap floor. A team might want an Andrew Ladd if they’re getting him for just $3.5 million.

Outside of Ladd, I could think of two options that might make sense for the Islanders to buy out. Let’s take a look

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