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New York Islanders Avoiding Cap Mistakes Like Vancouver’s

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 21: Micheal Ferland #79 of the Calgary Flames waits for a faceoff in the first period of a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on February 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 7-3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 21: Micheal Ferland #79 of the Calgary Flames waits for a faceoff in the first period of a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on February 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 7-3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders have been wise to avoid mistakes to the cap, unlike the Vancouver Canucks who made a head-scratching signing yesterday.

The NHL offseason has been completely dead the last few days, that’s why New York Islanders fans and NHL fans, in general, all threw their two cents in on the Michael Ferland signing. He inked a four-year deal with the Canucks at a $3.5 million cap hit.

There’s one main problem with this deal. It leaves them with just over $5 million left on the cap and they still have Brock Boeser to sign. Boeser was keeping pace with Mathew Barzal in 2017-2018 for the Calder before he got hurt.

He had a 55 point season that year and then posted a near identical season last year with 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists). The 22-year-old is due a significant raise and I’m not sure $5 million is going to be enough to get it done.

Going long-term and giving $3.5 million to Ferland who’s career-high in points is 41 isn’t the right way to structure your cap when you need space for a franchise player.

That’s one thing the Islanders have done well so far. They haven’t panicked and thrown stupid term and money at low to mid-tier players. Next year they have Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, and Devon Toews to extend they have to be very careful who they give money to.

We all want something to happen, and for this team to improve, it just has to be the right move. Don’t make a panic move and ruin your cap.

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