Yesterday, due to the Kevin Hayes deal, we learned that the New York Islanders GM, Lou Lamoriello hit the nail on the head once again.
So far, Lou Lamoriello has had a very productive offseason bringing back two of the New York Islanders pending UFA’s in Brock Nelson and Jordan Eberle. Both of those guys, more so Eberle, got a sweet discount of a deal.
When you consider what Kevin Hayes just got it makes that Brock Nelson deal so much sweeter. Kevin Hayes, who is 27 just like Brock Nelson got a seven-year contract with an AAV of $7.14 million.
Over the course of his career, he scored 20 goals or more once and his career high in points is 55. Brock Nelson has done it four times and his career high in points is 53, just two less than Hayes.
Essentially, they are both very similar players who are the same age and play the same position. Lou Lamoriello got the much better deal here and I don’t think it’s all that close. Brock is signed through his age 33 season, so the likelihood of him hitting a steep decline is unlikely.
Hayes is a fine second line option but at $7.14 million it’s not great value. At first, I thought the $6 million was slightly steep but comparatively, this already looks like a win for the Islanders.
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