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New York Islanders: Dissecting Offer Sheet for Mitch Marner

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 11: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 11, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 6-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 11: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 11, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 6-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 18: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders handles the puck 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)

Could They Make The Space?

At the time of writing, the New York Islanders have $8.65 million in cap space. With RFAs Anthony Beauvillier, Michael Dal Colle, and Josh Ho-Sang left to sign.

All three RFAs won’t be commanding much in terms of their cap hit. I think it’s safe to say that $3 million gets all three signed. That leaves $5.65 million before exceeding the cap ceiling. Adding a $13 million cap hit pushes the Islanders total cap hit to $7.35 million over the ceiling. That’s a lot of cap space to find.

Nick Leddy would have to be traded for picks and prospects. Leddy coming off the books would create $5.5 million in cap space. Leaving the Islanders with another $2.35 in space to find. Thomas Hickey and his $2.5 million hit could also be moved for a later round pick or two.

Both are expendable on the blue line. Both can be easily moved for picks and prospects. Done!

Not really. What about Noah Dobson and his $925,000 cap hit? If Nick Leddy and Thomas Hickey are out you better believe that Dobson will find his way to the roster. The Isles would have to find some $700,000 in cap space to add Dobson.

It’s possible they use one of Cal Clutterbuck or Andrew Ladd to create some space through LTIR cap recapture. Placing either on LTIR would give the Islanders the space they need.

Perfect! Now we’re done!

Again, not really. All those moves keep everything under the cap ceiling this year but it doesn’t address the following season when Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, and Devon Toews require extensions.

The Islanders would be in the same boat they are now next season if they were to sign Marner to a deal carrying a $13 million AAV.

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