Islanders Free Agency

New York Islanders Anders Lee To Meet With Chicago Blackhawks

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Anders Lee /

Free Agents are allowed to start talking to other teams and it appears like the New York Islanders Captain, Anders Lee is about to start that process.

Both Anders Lee and Robin Lehner are without contracts from the New York Islanders still so they are no available to meet with other teams. Yesterday, we outlined that Lehner had no plans of doing that, yet.

It appears that Anders Lee will begin talking to other teams. The Fourth Period reported that the Chicago Blackhawks plan to meet with both Artemi Panarin and Anders Lee this week.

This is expected and comes as no surprise. Anders Lee doesn’t have a contract with the Islanders, he’s allowed to do his due diligence and see what other situations are offering. Perhaps Stan Bowman would be willing to go seven years with Lee, something Lamoriello doesn’t seem willing to do.

Just because Lee is talking to other teams doesn’t mean a deal still can’t be done. Just a few years ago Steven Stamkos got a deal done after talking with other teams.

It’s easy to see why Chicago would be an enticing situation. Playing on a line with either Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane would mean solid production for Anders Lee. The Blackhawks have some real firepower and can turn this thing around quickly, they’ve already traded for Calvin de Haan and Olli Maatta on the blue line, which was their biggest flaw last year.

Islanders fans are faced with the reality of potentially losing their captain for the second year in a row. We were hoping it wouldn’t get this far, but now we have to deal with Anders Lee and potentially Robin Lehner eventually, talking with other teams.

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