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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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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 18: Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Islanders defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Leo Komarov

Bringing in Leo Komarov was one of the first moves that Lou Lamoriello made. He had an up and down first year with the Islanders that was overshadowed by a boatload of costly penalties in huge spots.

Also, Komarov was playing on the Islanders third line when he is really just a fourth line guy at this point of his career so it was clear he was over his head when it came to just about anything but penalty killing situations.

Uncle Leo had 26 points (6 goals, 20 assists) in 82 games with the Isles this year. My question is, as he heads into his age 33 season, will he be able to give you that kind of production over the next three years?

He has three more years at $3 million per until his age 35 season. That’s not too pretty. Here’s what a buyout would look like for Leo Komarov:

Over six years his cap number would be $277,778, $2.28 million, $1.78 million, $777,778, $777,778, $777,778. The Islanders would save $2.33 million when it’s all said and done.

I’d be willing to eat the two years at $2.28 million and $1.78 million if it meant a spot for Oliver Wahlstrom or Josh Ho-Sang. Let’s face it, Komarov will be on the third line if he’s still on this team, wouldn’t you rather that spot to go to someone with more offensive upside.

Defensively, the Islanders were fine last year, they need more offensive push and clearing Leo out of the way does just that.

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A buyout doesn’t really make sense for anyone else because it’s not cost effective. If the Islanders were to utilize this tool Cal Clutterbuck and Leo Komarov are the most likely candidates.

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